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28 Feb 2014, 8:02 am by Danielle Teagarden
With the boom in home and commercial brewing, hop shortages have become a real problem. And, Midwestern states are trying to ramp up production to meet demand, gaining ground on the successful hop industry out in other parts of the US. Michigan, in particular, is eager to establish itself as the Midwest’s premier source of quality hops. Given the state is right around fifth in the nation for its brewery count, the efforts make some sense. Not only are hop farmers themselves banding together to… [read post]
8 Jan 2014, 2:22 am by legalinformatics
Ronan Cormacain of the University of London has published Accessing Legislation: 40 Years Post-Renton: Have the Renton Committee’s recommendations on electronic access to legislation been fulfilled? Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, 19(3) (2013). Here is the abstract: Access to legislation is of fundamental importance to our legal system. The Renton Report made many timeless recommendations on legislation generally and access in particular. Five functions relating to access are derived. … [read post]
5 Mar 2014, 6:00 am by Danielle Teagarden
This legislative session, the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild has found lobbying success yet again. Over the past few years, the Guild has sought passage of key bills to fuel the state’s tremendous brewing growth. Among them was Senate Bill 604, which paved the way for taproom consumption in 2012 (and, since then, Virginia has seen an astounding 75% growth in operating breweries). This year, the Guild’s focus was on a Farm Brewery bill, giving a formal definition to farm-based breweries,… [read post]
27 Feb 2012, 3:08 am by Attorney Christopher A. Pearsall
Published: Monday, February 27, 2012 Author: Brett Broesder, GoLocalProv MINDSETTER™ A Same-Sex Marriage Bill will be introduced in Rhode Island this year, according to Marriage Equality Rhode Island. With recent polls showing that a majority of voters support legalizing Same-Sex Marriage – in addition to Maryland on the cusp of becoming the eighth state in the nation to legalize marriage equality – the issue is at the forefront of local and national news. That said, Rhode Island politicians… [read post]
4 Jan 2010, 9:22 pm by legalinformatics
Luca Arnaudo of the Italian Competition Authority and LUISS Guido Carli, has posted Cognitive Law: An Introduction on SSRN. Here is the abstract: “Over the past decades cognitive neuroscience has achieved major results in better understanding the neural basis of human behavior. Economics has been the first social science interested and able in using some of these results for its own purposes, mainly because of the renewed interest towards psychology fostered by behavioral economics researches.… [read post]
3 Nov 2013, 3:02 pm by legalinformatics
Dr. Brian Christopher Jones of Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica, has posted Don’t Be Silly: Lawmakers ‘Rarely’ Read Legislation and Oftentimes Don’t Understand it . . . But That’s Okay, Penn Statim, 118(7), 7-21 (2013). Here is the abstract: During the debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), the reading and understanding of legislation became one of the most controversial issues mentioned in Congress and… [read post]
24 Mar 2014, 7:00 am by Danielle Teagarden
We all know the law can be filled with forehead slappers. Such is the case for growler fills in Florida right now, with a nasty David-meets-Goliath sort of fight spilling over into the legislature, too. What we really see, though, is a form of legislative cronyism at its best (well, worst). Here’s what’s going on. Right now, it’s absolutely legal to fill gallon-sized containers at Florida breweries (128 ounces). It’s also legal to fill quart-sized containers (aka bullets,… [read post]
10 Jul 2013, 5:34 am by legalinformatics
The parties have settled in Public.Resource.Org’s suit against Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACCNA), regarding SMACCNA’s copyright in four standards that have been incorporated by reference into the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations and some state statutes and regulations, according to a post at EFF. According to the stipulation agreed in connection with the settlement, SMACCNA declined to “make any future assertion or representation… [read post]
17 May 2013, 7:53 am by legalinformatics
Professor Nina A. Mendelson of University of Michigan Law School has posted Private Control Over Access to Public Law: The Puzzling Federal Regulatory Use of Private Standards, forthcoming in Michigan Law Review. Here is the abstract: To save resources and build on private expertise, federal agencies have incorporated private standards into thousands of federal regulations – but only by “reference.” An individual who wishes to read this binding federal regulatory law cannot access… [read post]
29 Dec 2012, 12:51 pm by legalinformatics
Professor Peter L. Strauss of Columbia Law School has posted Private Standards Organizations and Public Law, on SSRN. Here is the abstract: Simplified, universal access to law is one of the important transformations worked by the digital age. With the replacement of physical by digital copies, citizens ordinarily need travel only to the nearest computer to find and read the texts that bind them. Lagging behind this development, however, has been computer access to standards developed by private… [read post]
11 Aug 2013, 4:59 pm by legalinformatics
Lydia DePillis of the Washington Post reports that three standards development organizations have sued Public.Resource.Org for copyright infringement, for posting copies of their standards on the free Web. Cory Doctorow has also published a post about the lawsuit. The suit was file in the U.S. Federal District Court for the District of Columbia. Lydia DePillis has posted the complaint at Scribd. Public.Resource.Org has posted the standards at https://law.resource.org/pub/us/code/ibr/ apparently on… [read post]
10 Mar 2014, 1:09 am by legalinformatics
John Sheridan of The National Archives (UK) has published Big Data for Law, Internet Newsletter for Lawyers (March 2014). The article describes the AHRC-funded Big Data for Law research project that John Sheridan is directing (and which we wrote about earlier). Here is an excerpt: [...] Big data, then, looks set to transform law in the same way that it has transformed business, and research, across a wide range of sectors. And there has never been a more relevant time for research into the… [read post]
19 Jun 2013, 10:00 pm by legalinformatics
Associate Dean John Joergensen of Rutgers University has posted video of his presentation entitled New Jersey Statutes Online: A little better, given last week at CALICon 2013: Conference for Law School Computing. Here is the abstract: With the State of New Jersey considering the potential costs of adopting UELMA [the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act], it was important to show how the N.J. Statutes could be made available cheaply, and in an UELMA-compliant manner. At the same time, why not… [read post]
8 Feb 2014, 2:25 am by legalinformatics
John Sheridan of The National Archives will be directing a new £550,000 research project on Big Data for Law, “to transform how we understand and use current legislation, delivering a new service – legislation.gov.uk Research.” Tom Bruce of the Legal Information Institute says that he is advising on this project. Here are excerpts of announcement: The National Archives has received ‘big data’ funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to deliver… [read post]
20 Dec 2010, 8:13 am by Kenneth Odza
On Friday, S. 510, the food safety bill, was declared dead. Last nite (Sunday), the Associated Press reported the bill may finally pass in the final hours of the 111th Congress. The New York Times report can be linked here. The text of what I understand will be headed to a final vote in the House on Tuesday and signed into law by the President can be linked here. We'll have more analysis in the days to come. Here's a preview of how the FDA's new mandatory recall power may play out. [read post]
1 Feb 2010, 11:27 am by George Wilson
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has posted a convenient and informative table report showing significant state sentencing and corrections legislation enacted January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2009: Significant State Sentencing and Corrections Legislation in 2009 “Policy information is based on NCSL’s Criminal Justice Program enactment research, powered by Statenet” (a legislative and regulatory information [...] [read post]
3 Feb 2014, 9:07 am by Gene Quinn
GROSSMAN: "I think that we will see some form of patent litigation reform passed by the Senate and then ultimately by Congress. Currently, there are very few things on which the Republicans and the Democrats can come together. However, patents and other types of intellectual property seem to be one area in which joint action is possible. I think that ultimately both parties are going to want to do something that shows that they can work together and get something important accomplished. ... [read post]
26 Jan 2013, 9:18 am by legalinformatics
I just learned that developer Brenda Wallace has posted many New Zealand statutes to GitHub. The statutes appear to have been posted in 2010, and it’s unclear whether they have been updated since. This repository is another example of GitLaw. HT @legify_law Filed under: Data sets Tagged: Free access to law, Free access to legislation, Free access to legislative data, GitHub, GitHub and legislation, GitHub for law, GitHub for legislative documents, GitLaw, Legislative data, Legislative data… [read post]
26 Oct 2012, 4:53 pm by legalinformatics
Michael Curtotti and Dr. Eric McCreath, both of Australian National University Research School of Computer Science, presented a paper entitled Enhancing the Visualization of Law, at LVI 2012: Law via the Internet Conference, 9 October 2012, at the Legal Information Institute, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA. Here is the abstract: This paper reviews the state of the art in online visualization of legislation. It reviews practice, particularly in public good and official sites. The review… [read post]
21 Dec 2010, 2:34 pm by Kenneth Odza
This entry has been corrected to reflect that some of the provisions in the Food Safety Modernization Act, most significantly the preventative controls section, will be phased in over time. Today the House passed and sent to the President for his signature a bill to overhaul the current regulations on food safety, which were established over 70 years ago. Among other things, the bill will impose new record-keeping requirements on companies, require most FDA-regulating entities to maintain food… [read post]