Why Is North Carolina’s ‘Bathroom Bill’ So Controversial?

There have been plenty of controversial federal regulations and state statutes in the past. Considering that the Constitution was written over 200 years ago, it's no surprise that our government has had to make several changes over the course of federal legislative history to adjust to the times. Around 300 bills are hanging around waiting for Senate action at any given time, and only one-third of all bills proposed to Congress are generally enacted in the first year of a session. A lot of crazy laws are proposed, but a lot of them are passed over by an unknowing public. North Carolina's so-called "bathroom law," House Bill 2, aimed at ... Read More >

Vote for “To Peep or Not to Peep!”

If you feel inclined to vote for dioramas made out of sugary, marshmallow animals, please take a break from that other national election, and vote in the American Bar Association’s annual “Peeps in Law” contest.  Voting will take less than a minute (no registration required – you just need to be on a desktop or laptop) and the deadline is midnight tonight! Our extremely creative researcher, Ian Midiere, produced a fantastic diorama about the Apple vs. FBI iPhone dispute.  Ian is off to law school at the University of California, Davis, next year and we will miss him!  You can see additional images of the diorama, and see what Siri is ... Read More >

Senate Bill 277 of 2015: The Vaccine Bill and Legislative Intent

Senate Bill 277 of 2015 was the massively controversial vaccine bill that roiled California for months in the spring and early summer of 2015. Since Governor Brown signed this bill on June 30, 2015, Legislative Intent Service, Inc. had the opportunity to research this bill. Much to the chagrin of our on-site researcher, Nick Weis, this was one of “biggest bills” documents-wise, ever. Nick spent hours scanning over 12,000 pages of committee file material on Senate Bill 277. There are several useful documents regarding Senate Bill 277 available through the legislature’s website, but this file material contains valuable notes, ... Read More >

Apple vs. the FBI – A Peep Depiction

Legislative Intent Service visualizes the Apple vs. FBI legal debate ... with Peeps. This week, Legislative Intent Service submitted its inaugural entry to the American Bar Association Journal's Peeps in Law competition. Crafty lawyers from across the country have taken up the task of creating a law-related diorama starring Peeps, everyone's favorite least-favorite spring time treat. For this year's entry, we at Legislative Intent Service decided to highlight the ongoing legal battle between Apple and the FBI over the right of the government to demand a "back door" code be created in order to access private information located on Apple ... Read More >

Six Easy Steps to Create Your Own Federal Law

Our Congress began its 114th session on January 6th, 2015. Since then, 348 new federal statutes and regulations have been voted on, and 121 of those were passed and enacted. Each congressional session lasts two years, and so the 114th Congress still has the one more year to leave its mark on our great country through its development of new legislation. Typically, a congressional session gets through 33% of its total output by the end of its first year in session. We can also expect quite a few more federal regulations will be piled on top of the thousands of laws that were created throughout the 200 years of federal legislative history since ... Read More >

New Hampshire, Malheur and the California Coastal Commission

LIS NEWS AND NOTES New Hampshire:  Legislative Intent issues permeate our modern political landscape.  While this morning, everyone else is talking about winners, losers, polls and “what’s next,” we have turned to an important New Hampshire statute in this news story: RSA 653:9. RSA 653:9 provides: The presidential primary election shall be held on the second Tuesday in March or on a date selected by the secretary of state which is 7 days or more immediately preceding the date on which any other state shall hold a similar election, whichever is earlier, of each year when a president of the United States is to be elected or the year ... Read More >