06/27/2012 - A federal appeals court has upheld a California law that requires DNA collection from all adults arrested for felonies in the state. The court ruled that the collection of DNA is similar to the collection of fingerprints, which law enforcement has routinely collected for decades.
06/27/2012 - A California appeals court rules that a company can be held liable for harassing comments made by employees on a blog, and lawmakers consider bills on counterfeit drugs, information sharing, and border security.
06/25/2012 - The U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision today in S.B. 1070, Arizona’s controversial immigration law. The Court ruled that three out of the four contested provisions in are unconstitutional. The provision allowing law enforcement to check immigration status is legal, ruled the Court, so long as it is interpreted narrowly.
05/29/2012 - A bill (S.B. 863) pending before the Michigan Senate would allow the employees of licensed private investigators to carry concealed weapons in restricted areas where average citizens are not allowed to bring firearms. Licensed private investigators are already allowed to carry in restricted areas.
05/21/2012 - The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging the amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which allow the federal government to conduct surveillance without a warrant.
05/14/2012 - The House of Representatives has passed an appropriations bill (H.R. 5326) that provides funding for several agencies but blocks implementation and enforcement of several key programs, including those that deal with age discrimination and the use of arrest and conviction records in preemployment screening.