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Disability Advocates Sue Cities Over Scooters Blocking Sidewalks

A new suit against Minneapolis and scooter companies is at least the third of its kind filed this year. It alleges that electric scooters are creating hazards on sidewalks for people with disabilities.

A Plan to Reduce Bench Warrants—By Text Message

After success in one county, Minnesota is rolling out a statewide program that sends reminders to defendants about their court appearances.

Union Agrees to $3.2 Million Settlement in Dispute Over Fees

The pending settlement comes in a legal dispute between home care workers and a public sector labor union in Washington state.

Supervised Injection Site Does Not Violate Federal Drug Law, Judge Rules

The decision could have ramifications throughout the country, as policymakers weigh whether to open facilities where people can take opioids and other illegal drugs.

Cities Defend State Law that Prohibits People from Carrying Guns While Drunk

Six cities in Ohio filed a legal brief supporting a state law that makes it illegal for anyone to use a gun when intoxicated in response to claims that the policy is unconstitutional.

Federal Judge Puts Michigan's New Gay Adoption Rules On Hold

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Virginia AG Says Couples No Longer Need to Disclose Race on Marriage Licenses

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Purdue Agrees to Pay Billions in Tentative Opioid-Crisis Settlement With States and Cities

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Appeals Court Overturns State Restrictions on Political Robocalls

Montana’s attorney general is reviewing the decision to see if an appeal is possible, or if lawmakers will need to take action.

Union Organizing Emails May Be Subject to Disclosure After State High Court Ruling

A group often at odds with government labor unions says the case sets an important precedent for when correspondence about union activities is public record.

Legal Challenge Over $14 Billion in State Debt Is Sidelined For Now

A judge has blocked the Illinois case from proceeding, but the think tank CEO who brought it says he plans to appeal.

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City Sued Over Sidewalk Accessibility for People With Disabilities

The plaintiffs in the case want Philadelphia to take steps to upgrade ramps and cut down on obstructions.

State Rules 'Polygamy Porter' Unsuitable for Sale

North Carolina's alcohol board refused to allow the beer to be sold in the state because its label depicts polygamy, an illegal act.

Almost Half of State Supreme Courts Have Only White Judges, Report Finds

In many states, the highest court lacks diversity. Thirteen supreme courts have never had a person of color serve on the bench, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.

The Supreme Court Is Bad for Your Health

COMMENTARY | Its decision to let states opt out of the Medicaid expansion turned out to have lethal consequences.

Sixteen States Support Indiana's Push to License Abortion Clinics

Advocates for the clinic said the licensing mandate was not about safety, but to prevent clinics from opening. The states argue that regulating medical facilities is commonplace and necessary to protect women’s health.

Three States File Lawsuit Over Federal Rules Blocking SALT Workaround

Treasury and the IRS last month prohibited charitable contribution programs meant to provide taxpayers a way around a cap on federal deductions for state and local taxes.

Trump Administration Will Print Census Forms Without Citizenship Question

The decision follows a Supreme Court ruling that rejected the administration’s justification for adding a question about citizenship status to the once-a-decade survey.

After Supreme Court Decision, Gerrymandering Fix Is Up to Voters

COMMENTARY | Partisan gerrymandering will continue. But so will resistance against it, I believe.

Disputes Over State Taxes on Train Fuel Won't Go Before Supreme Court

A federal law has led to years of messy litigation over levies on locomotive diesel.