Author: Molly Byrne

  • Supreme Court overturns Chevron deference

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    The U.S. Supreme Court decided 6-3 to overturn Chevron doctrine on June 28, holding that federal courts may not defer to an agency’s interpretation of an ambiguous statute. In two consolidated cases—Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo and Relentless, Inc. v. Department of Commerce—the court ruled that the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) requires courts to rely…

  • Biden vetoes CRA resolution aimed at blocking SEC crypto asset guidance

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    President Joe Biden (D) on May 31 vetoed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that aimed to nullify Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) guidance establishing accounting standards for financial firms with crypto assets. The resolution previously passed the House of Representatives 228-182 on May 8 and the Senate 60-38 on May 16. The SEC published…

  • Oklahoma House of Representatives opts not to vote on proposed education rules, sends rules to governor for approval

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    The Oklahoma House of Representatives opted not to vote on a set of education rules before the end of the 2024 legislative session, sending the rules to Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) for approval. The rules previously passed the House Administrative Rules Committee 7-3 on May 14. Superintendent of Education Ryan Walters (R) proposed a set…

  • SCOTUS dismisses case challenging FDA’s regulatory actions related to abortion pill

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    The U.S. Supreme Court on June 13, 2024, unanimously held in Food and Drug Administration v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine that the plaintiffs lacked standing to challenge the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulatory actions related to approved use conditions of mifepristone—a drug used in medication abortions.  The FDA approved the drug mifepristone in 2000…

  • Kansas enacts state-level REINS Act

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    The Kansas State Senate voted 27-12 on April 29, 2024, to override Governor Laura Kelly’s (D) veto of House Bill 2648—a bill to require legislative approval of administrative rules with implementation and compliance costs of $1,000,000 or more over a five-year period.  The bill is a REINS-style state law, which is a legislative proposal modeled…

  • Rhode Island House of Representatives advances bills to amend LEOBOR

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    The Rhode Island House of Representatives on May 9, 2024, voted 58-14 with bipartisan support to pass two bills aimed at amending the state’s Law Enforcement Officer Bill of Rights (LEOBOR).  LEOBORs are a set of legal provisions that establish the due process rights of police officers during internal misconduct investigations. LEOBORs are enacted as…

  • SCOTUS takes up challenges to ATF rule, judicial review of immigration decisions

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    The United States Supreme Court in April 2024 agreed to hear two cases in the 2024-2025 term concerning a U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) rule and judicial review of certain decisions made by immigration officials.  SCOTUS on April 22 agreed to hear Garland v. VanDerStok—a case challenging the ATF’s authority to…

  • SCOTUS upholds Consumer Financial Protection Bureau funding structure

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    The U.S. Supreme Court on May 16, 2024, held 7-2 in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. Community Financial Services Association of America, Limited that Congress statutorily authorized the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to draw money directly from the Federal Reserve System. The court ruled that the CFPB’s funding structure therefore does not violate the…

  • Federal judges block greenhouse gas emissions rule

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    Two federal judges in Texas and Kentucky ruled against the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) greenhouse gas emissions rule, which would require states to set goals to reduce vehicle emissions. Judge James Wesley Hendrix of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas ruled on March 27, 2024, that the FHWA did not…

  • Three states end judicial deference practices

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    Lawmakers in Indiana, Nebraska, and Idaho passed bills in March 2024 to end judicial deference practices in each state. The bills were based on model legislation developed by The Goldwater Institute and the Pacific Legal Foundation, titled the Judicial Deference Reform Act.  Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen (R) on March 27, 2024, and Idaho Governor Brad…