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Legal news from Tuesday, July 8, 2014
by Ann Schober

California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a bill that will change the language in California's marriage code to accommodate same-sex couples. The bill, introduced by California Senator Mark Leno, proposes that all state-statutory references to opposite-gender couples, such as "husband" and "wife," be modified to apply to …

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by Taylor Gillan

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Monday signed legislation that will allow Missouri state officials to develop carbon dioxide pollution standards that are less rigid than those mandated by federal guidelines. The signing of the bill coincided with the release of proposed rules by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would require Missouri …

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by Taylor Gillan

US President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law legislation concerning spending for the US intelligence community that increases protections for intelligence agency whistleblowers. The bipartisan legislation authorizes $564 million in spending over five years and specifies that employees who divulge information about possible misconduct within their agencies to intelligence committees will be protected. …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday blocked an Arizona policy barring certain immigrants from obtaining a driver's license. The decision reversed a ruling by the US District Court for the District of Arizona, which had denied plaintiffs a preliminary injunction. The appeals court found that plaintiffs …

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