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January 29, 2012
The 280 million egg-laying hens in the United States - and their farmers - are one step closer to having uniform standards for humane housing and care. A group of Democratic and Republican members of Congress has introduced the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012. The legislation is the result of a long-needed meeting of the minds between animal welfare advocates and Big Egg: American egg farmers would have a level playing field and hens would have more space. After years of battles with animal welfare advocates pushing for legislation to upgrade the squalid conditions in which most egg-producing hens are kept, a number of states passed new laws, while others did not. Farmers complained that the country was left with a patchwork of conflicting laws governing the farming and selling of eggs that threatened to undermine their businesses.
February 6, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Charlottesville, Va., has taken action against the use of police spy drones, ordering a two-year moratorium on the citywide use of unmanned aircraft. It is the first city in the nation to do so, supporters say, and its move may prompt other municipalities to act. Seeking tough regulation over the future use of civilian drones in U.S. airspace, the City Council passed a resolution that prohibits police agencies from utilizing drones outfitted with anti-personnel devices such as Tasers and tear gas. It also sought to block governments from using data recorded via police spy drones in criminal prosecutions.
March 22, 2013 | David Lazarus
Sometimes it's hard to do good. For example, donating leftover banquet food to charity. Shirley Wei Sher, a Marina del Rey immigration lawyer, discovered how challenging this can be when she recently tried to prevent leftovers at an upcoming meeting of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Assn. from being thrown away. Sher, 33, sits on the board of the organization and is helping plan the group's annual awards banquet at a Chinatown restaurant next month. As many as 1,000 people are expected to attend.
For eight years, on a triangular lot in a shabby neighborhood, an abstract steel sculpture was reflected in the adjacent canal, which in turn delivered sunlight to glint off the piece's planes and edges. Jan Randolph Martin, an artist, businessman and musician, regarded the creation as his masterpiece. The Indianapolis municipal government saw "Symphony No.
September 19, 2007 | Greg Johnson, Times Staff Writer
WASHINGTON -- Responding to often-emotional testimony, several U.S. senators Tuesday threatened to step in and fix the NFL's pension and medical disability program if league and players' union officials don't quickly improve the system -- one that retirees increasingly describe as dysfunctional. The possibility of congressional oversight came during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing in which NFL Players Assn.
May 18, 2000 | ERWIN CHEMERINSKY, Erwin Chemerinsky is a constitutional law professor at USC
The Supreme Court's decision on Monday to strike down key sections of the federal Violence Against Women Act is the latest in a series of conservative rulings greatly limiting the ability of the federal government to deal with important national problems. In his first inaugural address, President Reagan proposed a dramatic change in American government with a vastly reduced role for the federal government and a shift of power to the states.
August 12, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
An illegal Mexican immigrant who wants to be licensed to practice law in California has received support from the state's top law enforcement officer, the State Bar of California, civil rights groups, county bar associations and law professors - but not from the Obama administration. In a brief to the California Supreme Court, theU.S. Department of Justicesaid federal law prohibits giving a public benefit, such as a bar license, to an "unlawfully present alien. " The federal law was "plainly designed to preclude undocumented aliens from receiving commercial and professional licenses issued by states and the federal government," a lawyer for the Justice Department wrote in a brief requested by the state high court.
September 4, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court indicated Wednesday that federal law appeared to prevent immigrants without green cards from obtaining licenses to practice law. During a hearing in a packed courtroom, several justices suggested they were bound to follow a law passed by Congress that denies professional licenses to immigrants who are in the country illegally. The state high court is considering a bid by Sergio C. Garcia, 36, a Mexican immigrant who has spent most of his life in California, passed the state bar examination and has been waiting 18 years to obtain a green card.
May 14, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - A New Hampshire man who had his car towed when he was in a hospital recovering from a heart attack and the amputation of his left foot won a measure of justice at the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 9-0 decision released Monday, the court said Robert Pelkey can sue Dan's City Used Cars for disposing of his towed car without telling him or paying him. The case began during a snowstorm in February 2007. Pelkey's 2004 Honda Civic was parked legally in a handicapped parking spot in his apartment complex in Manchester, but he was confined to his bed. Under the apartment's policy, cars were to be removed to clear the snow, and Pelkey's car was towed away.
June 28, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
Let us now praise one of the many legacies that prove that, in addressing its citizens' economic dignity, the America of the Thirties was smarter and more humane than the America of today. The example at hand is the minimum wage law. The federal minimum wage celebrated its 75th birthday last week. The wage was enacted as part of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, which arrived in 1938 just as the New Deal was running out of steam. The landmark measure banned child labor, set the maximum workweek at 44 hours, and imposed a minimum wage of 25 cents an hour.
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