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Campaign Contribution Limits: In McCutcheon v. FEC , a sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled that limits on overall campaign contributions by individual donors are unconstitutional. The ruling strikes down a decades-old cap on the total amount any individual can contribute to candidates in a two-year election cycle. In his dissent, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote, “Taken together with Citizens United v. Federal Election Comm’n , 558 U.S. 310 (2010), today’s decision eviscerates our Nation’s campaign finance laws, leaving a remnant incapable of dealing with the grave problems of democratic legitimacy that those laws were intended to resolve”. Read articles in the Washington Post and the Sacramento Bee . Read the opinion analysis at SCOTUSblog.
Hobby Lobby: The U.S. Supreme Court held oral arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc . The court was asked to consider whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA ) allows a for-profit corporation to deny its employees the health coverage of contraceptives to which the employees are otherwise entitled by federal law, based on the religious objections of the corporation’s owners. Read articles in the Washington Post and the Sacramento Bee .
S.F. Gun Control: The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that two San Francisco gun control regulations, one requiring gun owners to lock up or disable their pistols (San Francisco Police Code 4512 ) and one banning sales of hollow-point bullets (SF Police Code 613.10 ), were not a “substantial burden” on the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment . The panel determined that the regulations did not prevent an individual from possessing a firearm in the home, did not destroy the Second Amendment and survived intermediate scrutiny. Read about it in the San Francisco Chronicle and Courthouse News Service .