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California Prison Overcrowding and the Supreme Court: California officials have filed a petition with the Supreme Court to block a lower court order that forces the state to immediately devise a plan to reduce California’s prison population. Here is the notice of appeal . Read articles in the San Jose Mercury News and the Los Angeles Times . See the timeline of this case at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation website .
Bowman v. Monsanto Co.: The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a farmer who buys patented seeds may not reproduce them through planting and harvesting without the patent holder’s permission. Justice Elena Kagan wrote in her opinion, “Under the doctrine of patent exhaustion , the authorized sale of a patented article gives the purchaser, or any subsequent owner, a right to use or resell that article. Such a sale, however, does not allow the purchaser to make new copies of the patented invention”. Read articles in the Washington Post and the New York Times .
California’s Revised Spending Plan: California Governor Jerry Brown presented his revised spending plan for the next fiscal year. Lawmakers have a constitutional deadline of June 15th to pass a spending plan for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Read articles in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Sacramento Bee . Further information on California’s budget may be found here .