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Legal news from Wednesday, December 14, 2016
by Miracle Jones

The Senate of Brazil on Tuesday approved a measure to limit growth in federal spending to the rate of inflation for the next 20 years. The austerity measure, known as PEC 55 establishes a tax regime that limits the amount on expenditures based on the previous fiscal year in order …

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by Miracle Jones

The Mexican Senate on Tuesday approved the use of medical marijuana. The announcement was made on the official Senate twitter along with a video of the debate. Number-803 allows for the use of cannabis and it derivatives for medicinal purposes. The bill also removed the substance from the list of public …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein warned Wednesday that South Sudan "teeters on the brink of a disaster." Speaking before the Human Rights Council Special Session on South Sudan, Zeid called for urgent action. "The highest priority must urgently be given to protection for those most at risk from killings, sexual …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. Senate Bill 1848 was passed in 2014 and put on hold by the state Supreme Court. In its ruling Tuesday, the court found the "statute unconstitutional because it creates an …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Colombia's Constitutional Court on Tuesday approved the government's plan to expedite a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The court ruled 8-1 to allow President Juan Manuel Santos to seek expedited congressional approval for the laws and constitutional changes needed for the peace agreement to take effect. …

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by Rachel Gerber

Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a 20-week gestation limit for abortions into law Tuesday, while also vetoing the "Heartbeat Bill", which would have banned abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detectable. The Ohio Legislature had passed the bill earlier this month, but Kasich has expressed concern over its constitutionality.As governor I …

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