California laws take a stumble in courts- CalMatters

Betty Q. Hixson

CalMatters is dedicated to explaining how state government impacts our lives. Your support helps us produce journalism that makes a difference. Donate now. As California pushes the envelope with progressive, first-in-the-nation policies, the courts are pushing back. The latest casualty: a controversial law requiring all publicly held companies headquartered in the Golden […]

‘Not an immigration law.’ As Lafayette judge weighs COVID policy, asylum seekers remain in limbo | Courts

Betty Q. Hixson

A federal judge in Lafayette heard arguments Friday on whether the Biden administration should end a controversial Trump-era pandemic restriction, known as Title 42, later this month. Judge Robert Summerhays of the U.S. Western District of Louisiana confirmed Friday his temporary restraining order that stopped the Biden administration from processing the end of […]

Year after passage, state Republicans renew call for criminal justice reform law’s repeal | Crime and Courts

Betty Q. Hixson

TAYLOR VIDMAR SPRINGFIELD — Nearing one year since Democratic state lawmakers pushed through controversial criminal justice reform legislation, Illinois House Republicans are renewing their call for the law to be repealed.  State Reps. Patrick Windhorst, R-Metropolis; Tony McCombie, R-Savanna; and Jackie Haas, R-Kankakee, at a press conference Wednesday morning criticized House […]