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The Department of Justice (DOJ) has weighed in local court on behalf of litigants who have lost their cases because of poor representation.   DOJ has also waded into cases where individuals accused of terrorism have argued that their constitutional rights have been infringed.  The Obama administration has gotten involved in cases where civil rights have been questioned.
Illinois enacted a comprehensive body camera bill in an attempt to revamp police interactions.  The bill sets statewide standards for use of the cameras, and also expands police officer training to include use of force and requires an independent investigation of all officer-involved deaths. It also prohibits chokeholds and creates a database of officers who have been fired or resigned due to misconduct.
Seventeen states have filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the Clean Power Plan.  The controversial regulation has impacted several states that have been charged with reducing CO₂ emissions.  

The Wisconsin legislature is considering a bill that will add a photo to FoodShare cards in an attempt to eliminate welfare fraud.  There is also another bill that will strip unemployment from individuals for seven years if they are found defrauding the system more than once.
Governor and Presidential Candidate Chris Christie of New Jersey vetoed a package of bills aimed at funding pension plans for state employees. 

Ohio has placed legalizing marijuana on ballot initiative for the voters to determine in November.  The ballot initiative would allow for legalized marijuana for recreational and medicinal use.  It also establishes a Marijuana Control Commission that will regulate the sale, growth, and taxation of marijuana.
California becomes the first in the nation to end the use of grand juries in investigations into officer-involved shooting.   Removing grand juries from the investigation process now leaves the decision to the district attorneys to bring charges against police officers.
Florida will begin a special session to redraw its Congressional districts.  After the Florida Supreme Court ruled the districts were drawn in favor of partisan gerrymandering in 2012.  The change in lines has the potential to affect several Florida members of Congress. 

The U.S. Department of Justice has joined a lawsuit against an Idaho ordinance which bans sleeping in public places.  The DOJ has argued that it unconstitutionally targets homeless people and violates the 8th Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment.

Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan, has developed a redistricting commission which will be charged with reviewing Maryland’s congressional lines.  The lines have been in dispute since the last two redistricting cycles.