Justiceline: February 6, 2012

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  • A Virginia Senate Committee advanced an unconstitutional bill requiring many welfare recipients to take a drug test in order to receive benefits.
  • The state of Washington considers requiring all people arrested for a serious crime to provide a DNA sample to police, regardless of whether or not they are eventually convicted.
  • Thirty-nine GOP senators join a letter saying they will file an amicus brief opposing President Obama’s recent recess appointments, a fact that is probably most significant because it shows that the GOP caucus is not unanimous in pursuing this tactic against the president’s entirely constitutional appointments.
  • Justice Scalia is worried that the federal courts are flooded with too many “nickle and dime” criminal cases.
  • Virginia’s legislature is considering delaying its congressional primaries until August because of fears that it will not have a lawful congressional map in time for the primaries that are currently scheduled in June.