Justiceline: December 1, 2011

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  • Florida’s new law making students who have lived in the state all their lives pay out-of-state tuition if they can’t prove their parents are in the country legally may violate the equal protection clause.
  • Students are starting to feel the effects of many states’ new voter ID laws which disproportionately effect groups like them that tend to vote Democrat.
  • Yesterday the governors of Washington and Rhode Island asked the federal government to ease rules on marijuana to allow for its medical use in states like theirs that have decriminalized marijuana for medical purposes. 16 states now allow medical marijuana but are still at risk of federal prosecution for regulating the safe distribution of the drug.
  • Yesterday the National Labor Relations Board voted to approve a rule that will eliminate delays between when employees file for a vote on whether to start a union and the day the ballots are cast. Republicans, who are upset the NLRB still even exists, naturally opposed the decision.
  • Ahead of the 2012 election, state election officials are going on a high-tech blitz, making it easier to cast ballots and get information through iPads, online voting, and social media.