Questions tagged [us-state-laws]

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Why is avoidance of judicial review of the Texas abortion law and other future US state laws so concerning to the US department of justice?

From CNN's video coverage of US Attorney General Merrick Garland announcement of its lawsuit against the state of Texas: Q: ...several GOP lawmakers who said that they will follow Texas’ lead, and I ...
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Are there constitutional arguments for preventing/avoiding judicial review of state law in some scenarios? Are there any historical examples of this?

From CNN's video coverage of US Attorney General Merrick Garland announcement of its lawsuit against the state of Texas: Q: ...several GOP lawmakers who said that they will follow Texas’ lead, and I ...
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What arguments have been made to support the Texas abortion law's private enforcement provisions, beyond evading review?

Texas Senate Bill 8, which practically bars abortions in the state, has an unusual* provision whereby civil claims against abortion providers can be asserted by private plaintiffs not involved in or ...
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What exactly is that "advisory" to the nursing homes from the New York State Department of Health, and is it really from A. M. Cuomo?

Here, on the Wayback Machine website, is the controversial directive to the nursing homes from the New York State Department of Health. It calls itself an "advisory" but it gives very stern ...
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What's the most extreme way the states of the United States can ensure compliance to a vaccine mandate for all adults? [closed]

What's the most extreme way the states of the United States can insure compliance to a vaccine mandate for all adults? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobson_v._Massachusetts Jacobson v. ...
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Does arresting specific types of people for voting illegally discourage those types of people from voting?

There were instances where voters were arrested for voting illegally in the state of Texas. Many of these arrests involve black and other nonwhite Democratic voters according to reports. Texas found ...
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How can POTUS legally prevent/change state National Guard movements/actions?

According to some news from the Texas-Mexico border, some other states, including Texas and South Dakota, are sending their troops to the Texas border to support border patrol agents. I don't think ...
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What can individual state governments do to combat court case backlogs?

Many people say that states have a problem administering justice due to a large and growing number of cases that have yet to be tried. Increasing funding to the state's courts system seems like an ...
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Why are American states permitted to vote their own election laws?

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday that the Department of Justice would be suing the state of Georgia over its recent voting rights changes. While the case is obviously directed at the ...
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Is it true that in Paradise, Nevada the services for streets, sewer, security and energy supply are private?

In Paradise, Nevada, The Clark County Commission is the governmental organization that governs and runs Clark County, providing services. Paradise is an unincorporated area. I heard that the services ...
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How do states with no state income tax like Florida or Texas generate tax revenue?

How do states with no state income tax like Florida or Texas generate tax revenue? Do they have higher property tax or sales tax? I compared their property and sales taxes with other states with ...
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What is the rationale behind making it illegal to hand out water to voters in line in Georgia?

From S.B. 202 (emphasis added): No person shall solicit votes in any manner or by any means or method, nor shall any person distribute or display any campaign material, nor shall any person give, ...
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What contributing factors would make the Florida “gain time” bill be signed into law in 2021?

A.) Are there contributing factors that would effect whether the Florida “gain time” bill will be passed by the House in 2021? Is so, what are they at this current time? I heard that some House ...
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Could a state governor use their pardon power to perform controlled experiments on sentencing policy?

My understanding is that state governors have roughly unilateral power to pardon state crimes. (First of all, is this true?) If so, suppose that a governor were to announce something like the ...
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What does "H St Aff" mean as an action taken on a proposed bill (Idaho)?

Idaho's legislature is in session. I've been monitoring their activity on this page. I can usually tell what abbreviations for actions taken on bills mean at a glance, but this one has me stumped: ...
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Can there be an administrative organization inside the US, above the state level? [closed]

According to the question about chairman West's phrase: Perhaps law-abiding states should bond together and form a Union of states that will abide by the constitution Is it constitutionally possible ...
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Can members of the Wayne County Canvassing Board rescind their votes?

A couple days ago, all four members of the Board of Canvassers of Wayne County, Michigan voted to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential Election. Now the two Republican members of the ...
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What is the mechanism to invalidate a (US) election result? [duplicate]

Inspired by this tweet: In Detroit, there are FAR MORE VOTES THAN PEOPLE. Nothing can be done to cure that giant scam. I win Michigan! -@realdonaldtrump Let us, for the sake of argument, assume the ...
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How are U.S. states allowed to put marijuana legalization on ballots when it's against federal law?

Five states will now legalize marijuana for both recreational and medical use. During the November elections, A majority of New Jersey and Arizona residents voted yes on ballot measures to make ...
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If every legal challenge that Trump has mounted since the election succeeds, could he win the presidency?

I am not certain of exactly which legal cases he has launched, but let us imagine that all of them (recounts, discarding votes, etc.) are decided in his favo(u)r, exactly as he wishes. In that case, ...
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Why does New Mexico resolve election ties with a game of Poker?

I just learned today that, according to the New Mexico Constitution, if an election ends in a tie, the race will be decided by a game of chance, either a coin-flip, high-card draw, or a single hand of ...
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Why do many states in the US often elect state cabinet members?

When I first learned various states hold elections for state cabinet positions I was puzzled, because there are no such elections for federal secretaries. Why do so many states do it like this, ...
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Why do some states forbid per-kWh by anyone but the utility monopoly?

I was reading this article on EV-charger pricing schemes. There are some vague references to states requiring per-minute pricing, but 0 explanations of that thing. A little research has suggested ...
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Maximum fetal age for legal abortion in the USA?

Of all the places that permit abortion in the USA, which ones have the maximum fetal age for legal abortion? Say State A allows abortion when the age of the fetus is less than 20 weeks, and State B ...
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How does one efficiently go about researching the history of a specific issue across state legislatures?

I am attempting to research a certain political issue across state legislatures. Specifically, I'm attempting to compile information regarding which states have debated a specific issue in their ...
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Which states have weakened police unions’ collective bargaining power over disciplinary issues?

Matt Yglesias, liberal political columnist for Vox, just tweeted this: Months into the era of everyone reading White Fragility and posting Black Lives Matter memes and declaring racism a public ...
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Voting for 2020 presidential election during out of state move [closed]

I imagine that I will be moving states before the 2020 Election Day, and I don’t want to do a mail in ballot, just because I think there’s going to be a lot of BS around that this year. If I’m a tax ...
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Covid-19 public data accuracy, disclosure, and transparency

With the unprecedented move of the Trump administration to have state Covid-19 data sent to HHS instead of the CDC it warrants to know if any rules\regulations will work differently with this change ...
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How can grand jury secrecy rules block release of Trump financial records?

This NY Times article discussing the Supreme Court ruling that Trump cannot block release of financial records clarifies that this "probably means the records will be shielded from public ...
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In Kentucky, who is responsible for closing a polling location?

For in person voting tomorrow, Kentucky (USA) will have roughly 200 out of the normal ~3,700 polling locations open. Was a single person responsible for this decision, such as the Kentucky secretary ...
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Is the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact constitutional?

I read recently that Colorado will have a version of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact on their ballot in November. Considering that this bill functionally eliminates the Electoral College, ...
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Who draws county lines?

Within a state, which government institution is responsible for drawing and determining the boundaries of county lines?
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What is the difference between voting for presidential nominee vs. voting for delegates in Maryland?

On my ballot in Maryland for the presidential primary, there are separate questions to vote for the presidential nominee directly, and to vote for specific delegates to the convention. The delegates ...
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How can a Governor enforce "Shelter in Place Orders" if cities or States' Attorneys refuse to enforce them?

I've seen reports of state's attorneys and cities refusing to enforce state Stay at Home orders. If a governor was so inclined, are there actions they could take against the state's attorneys and ...
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Why are some Covid-19 tests excluded in some US states?

For example, the LabCorp COVID-19 RT-PCR has been EUA-approved by the FDA, but it lists as exclusion criteria the following: Exclusion: • Live in MD, NJ, NY or RI meaning that people who live in ...
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In Massachusetts, if a US Senator resigns midterm, how is their replacement selected?

Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic Senator from Massachusetts, is generally considered a top contender to be Joe Biden's running mate. If she was elected Vice President, she would have to resign her ...
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In most U.S. states, female genital mutilation is illegal. So why is male circumcision legal?

Hello new users from around the Stack Exchange Network We are aware that this question is about a very emotionally laden topic. So we would like to make sure you are aware of the purpose of ...
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Does the US government have any plan to punish Equifax for failure to stop Chinese breach?

I read about how Equifax was hacked by Chinese hackers and stole the data of over 146 million Americans, a hack that was partially only possible because Equifax made simple security mistakes like ...
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What would happen if every state had a law requiring it hold the nations first primary?

Quoting https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/11/politics/iowa-new-hampshire-primary-monopoly/index.html: The vote-counting meltdown in Iowa's antiquated and haphazard caucus system -- a process used partly ...
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How do Oregon's mayoral elections work?

I'm writing an RPG campaign that takes place in a city of Oregon. However, taking a look in lists of mayors of some cities, I found that some mayors have mandates of only one year, despite others ...
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Can US States regulate their citizens’ actions in other states? [duplicate]

I believe that the US government holds that it can regulate its citizens’ actions beyond its borders. Is it possible for a US state to do similarly? For example, say that SCOTUS overturned Roe v Wade ...
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Why does California seem to have much more aggressive Consumer Protection and Safety Legislation? [closed]

Why does the state of California seem to be so much more aggressive about passing protection/safety legislation? My impression is that they seem to pass consumer protection laws earlier and more ...
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Does the electoral college (or a similar system) apply to US governor elections?

I'm following the live results of the Kentucky and Mississippi elections for governor etc, and I notice that while the Republican nominee has won the majority of the precincts, what they're reporting ...
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Can special prosecutor Dan Webb charge Jussie Smollet? [closed]

In a case that made political headlines, actor Jussie Smollett was charged with making false statements to Chicago police about a supposed hate crime he had experienced. But then the Illinois State ...
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In terms of US politics, has protecting taxicab operations from competition been a left-wing policy?

Because of the limited space available, the title could be raising an unanswerable question. Given changes over time and the variety of viewpoints within the left wing, the answer could depend on ...
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Which US states prohibit vote trading by elected officials?

Apparently vote trading is illegal in California when done by elected officials: Recent amendments to the Penal Code extended the prohibition to local officials: Any member of the legislative body ...
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Which US state constitutions don't have a legislative privilege ("speech or debate") clause?

I read that The United States Constitution and forty-three state constitutions include a Speech or Debate Clause granting legislators a legal privilege for their legislative work. Which US ...
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Can a state judge throw the U.S. President in jail for contempt of court?

In USA there is this concept or "rule of law" that includes the principle that no one is above the law. About this the book "A Companion to the US Constitution and Its Amendments" (by John R. Vile) ...
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Why states don't charge head taxes to reduce poverty? [closed]

Under current system, in most democracy, all people have a right to move anywhere. People in California have a right to move to Texas and via versa. We know that poor people are more likely to ...
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When I register for voting in Massachusets with a telephone number on the "Do Not Call" registry, do I have to check the "unlisted phone number" box?

Background In March 2003, the Do Not Call registry was signed into law by president George W. Bush. This law allowed the FTC to create a voluntary registry of phone numbers whereby some entities ...