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A federal court just handed states a powerful new tool to collect a larger share of the taxes that are legally due — but often go unpaid — on purchases made over the Internet.  The court upheld a 2010 Colorado law that requires Internet, catalog, and other out-of-state sellers either to charge Colorado sales tax on their sales to Colorado buyers or to provide information about the tax due on those purchases to the buyer and the state revenue department. Continue reading.

Despite what the ACLU has long advised, you do not have the right to take photos or record videos of cops—except when you’re planning to actively challenge police activity with the images. This is what U.S. District Judge Mark Kearney has ruled in a case involving two Philadelphia residents suing city police for using excessive force against them. The two plaintiffs, Richard Fields and Amanda Geraci, both had their cameras taken by police while they observed and filmed the officers’ actions, and both filed suit claiming this was a violation of their constitutional rights. Continue reading.

Concealed handguns would be allowed on Georgia's public college campuses under a measure that cleared the state's House of Representatives and now heads to the Senate over the objections of university leaders. Continue reading.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Guns Deal Headed to Governor’s Desk

The bipartisan gun deal hailed as a historic breakthrough is heading to the desk of Gov. Terry McAuliffe this week after winning final passage Monday in the General Assembly. Continue reading.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Sunday signed a bill intended to block Planned Parenthood from receiving funding for services it provides in health clinics around the state, although the new law would have no impact on abortion services. Continue reading.

The state Assembly has approved a bill that would give police more power to conduct strip searches in Wisconsin, regardless of whether the target of the search has been charged with a misdemeanor or felony. Continue reading.

Kansas lawmakers violated the state Constitution last year when they repealed the state’s old school finance formula and replaced it with a system of block grants for two years, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Continue reading.

Among the current presidential candidates, climate change is still very much up for debate -- whether it’s the result of human action or whether it’s even happening. But for many at the state and local level, the matter is settled: Climate change is real, and it’s threatening plants, wildlife and infrastructure. The only question policymakers have regarding climate change is what they can do about it. Continue reading.
A handful of federal lawsuits against states that have denied highly effective but costly hepatitis C drugs to Medicaid patients and prisoners could cost states hundreds of millions of dollars. Continue reading.

The Maryland Senate narrowly overrode Gov. Larry Hogan's final veto from last year's General Assembly session, paving the way to reinstate voting rights to felons before they complete probation or parole. Continue reading.