California Legislative Update: May is Bike Month

“Life is like riding a bicycle: you don’t fall off unless you stop pedaling.” -- Claude Pepper Given that our offices here at Legislative Intent Service, Inc. in Woodland, California are located next door to the university town of Davis, which prides itself on being the bicycle capital of the world (as well as home to the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame), we thought we might “gear up” our clients with this update on recent California legislation affecting the cycling community. Have you ever found yourself staring in awe at a cyclist blowing through a stop sign and thinking to yourself, “Wow, that person just broke the law!” but ... Read More >

We Love Law Librarians!

We attended all three California Law Librarian annual meetings this year and enjoyed meeting and catching up with our librarian friends from private practice, government and academia.  These meetings provide a fascinating glimpse into the fields of both law and information science.  Each of the three had very different focuses, which touched on areas of interest and applicability to all legal professionals. SANDALL, February 10, 2017:  This year’s San Diego Association of Law Librarians Winter Institute was held at Morrison Foerster’s Office and addressed “Library Safety and Security: Protecting Our People and Resources.”   The different ... Read More >

What Is A Government Shutdown?

With congress grappling over a new federal budget, you may have heard that a government shutdown could be on the horizon. Opinions vary over whether this could actually happen, with many Republican leaders assuring constituents that they will be reaching an agreement soon. Congressional Democrats have been trying to filibuster, or delay, a decision, as they are in stark opposition to some of the budget bill's main features. With all of this talk floating around, here is what you should know about government shutdowns. What is a government shutdown? When congress cannot decide on a federal budget for an upcoming fiscal year, the government ... Read More >

Legislative Update: California Housing Crisis

The California housing crisis is a legislative hot topic that has been in the news of late!  According to a report prepared by the California Department of Housing and Community Development, new home building is on the decline while there has been a steep increase in rents over the years, which has proven burdensome for many California families. The blame game is on:  Recently, the Legislative Analyst’s office prepared a report attributing the housing crisis to local government refusal to build and provided suggestions for hastening construction.  Despite alleged pushback from local communities, legislators are continuing in their efforts ... Read More >

Who Is Neil Gorsuch? What To Know About President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

Within the set of presidential powers, set in federal legislative history, is the right to appoint Supreme Court Justices. With the death of Antonin Scalia, a seat opened up last year. President Donald Trump has selected Judge Neil Gorsuch, a Republican, to fill the open spot. Following his January nomination, Gorsuch will need to go through a process to be confirmed by the Senate. The United States Senate includes two members from each state, for a total of 100 members, who are elected by the population as the 17th Amendment requires. It is the job of these legislators to hold a series of hearings and eventually vote on presidential ... Read More >

Can Undocumented Immigrants Claim Sanctuary in U.S. Churches?

For more than a century, state courts around the country have sought to understand legislative intent when interpreting legal statutes and state law. When judges are trying to understand the intended purpose of particular laws, federal statutes, and even the constitution itself, they must often rely on arcane and complex legislative research. Of course, sometimes the meaning behind a law is abundantly clear. Case in point: President Donald J. Trump's executive order on immigration, which was rushed into effect to deliver on one of the president's primary campaign promises. There's no need to review the fallout or controversy surrounding ... Read More >