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SC Treasurer Sounds Alarm About State Investments
News Channel 7February 1, 2012

He says the legislature doesn't need to pass any new laws regarding the state's investments; the current laws just need to be enforced. So who enforces those laws? "In some cases it's the treasurer; some cases the Budget and Control Board; ...more »

Full City: order restored?
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

The district court had convicted the third officer for violation of the Pollution Act, but acquitted him of the charges under the Ship Safety Act. The prosecution did not appeal the acquittal; consequently, the appeal court considered only whether the ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Law to clear air over eligibility for public office
Capital FM KenyaFebruary 6, 2012

Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Mutula Kilonzo took note of the bearing the legislation would have on the next elections saying it was necessary to have it in place on time. “This law should be in place before the August deadline so that ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Google, Facebook not above law: HC
Indian ExpressFebruary 2, 2012

Google and Facebook do have the right to freedom of speech and expression but they are not above the law, the Delhi High Court said on Thursday. “They are not above the law and their rights are to be determined under the laws of the land,” Justice ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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How Nonprofits Can Avoid the Legal Pitfalls of Telecommuting Employees
JD Supra (press release)February 22, 2012

Medical Leave Needs Under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), qualified employees are permitted up to 12 weeks of leave time during any 12-month period in order to receive care for a serious health condition; to care for a spouse, child, or parent; ...more »

Native Americans
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Off the Treadmill
Wall Street JournalFebruary 6, 2012

That was the label applied by white Americans for centuries. The word black also was given many pejorative connotations--a black mood, a blackened reputation, a black heart. "Colored" seemed better, until the civil rights movement insisted on Negro, ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Guest column: Court protects religious freedom
Cincinnati.comFebruary 1, 2012

She and the federal government sued the school, arguing that she had been fired in violation of the American with Disabilities Act, a neutral law of general applicability. The school argued that it had the religious freedom to dismiss her for violating ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Eminent domain legislation advances
St. Augustine RecordFebruary 13, 2012

House Bill 1037, sponsored by Proctor, would give eminent domain rights to the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. Earlier this month, a group of St. Augustine residents took a bus to Tallahassee to speak against the bill, but it passed 12-6 in ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Star Casino boss Larry Mullin's licence at risk over Sid Vaikunta sexual...
The Daily TelegraphFebruary 5, 2012

Sid Vaikunta, sacked as general manager of The Star / Pic: Cameron Richardson Source: The Daily Telegraph TWO women made sexual harassment complaints against The Star boss Sid Vaikunta, sparking the scandal that could cost casino CEO Larry Mullin his ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Lawmakers Propose Changes for Freedom of Information Requests
WLTX.comFebruary 1, 2012

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Getting information from a local government or agency could soon get a bit easier. Lawmakers are looking at a bill to change the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act. That's the legal way to request records or documents from ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Nine dogs seized in badger baiting probe
U.TVFebruary 2, 2012

On Thursday officers carried out searches in the Lawrencetown area and four dogs were seized. A dog with severe facial injuries was also seized in the area on Wednesday, and a 58-year-old man arrested. He has been released on bail pending further ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Brown Act Has Nothing To Do With First Amendment, Expert Says
Neon TommyFebruary 8, 2012

JK: The constitution says that Congress shall make no laws abridging freedom of the press. But this doesn't. You could say anything you'd want to say. BG: But isn't the Board of Supervisors blocking the press's access? Our right to know?more »

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