Happy New Year everyone! Here are some legal links to ring in the new year. Starting off in our neck of the woods, the data is in on Washington’s privatization of liquor: prices haven’t come down (which is evident to anyone who’s examined the hefty taxes that replaced state-controlled price markups).
In case you missed it, the NRA is lobbying for armed guards in America’s schools. In related news, the New York-based paper Journal News published an interactive map of all registered handgun owners in Westchester and Rockland counties, causing considerable outrage from gun owners.
Peter Madoff, brother of the notorious and imprisoned Bernie Madoff, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $143 billion for his role in the Ponzi scheme. Bernie is currently serving a 150-year prison sentence.
The Marijuana Policy Project, the group heavily involved in Colorado’s pot legalization effort, promises to pump $700,000 in similar legislation in Oregon. Oregon currently allows medicinal use of marijuana, and its poorly drafted ballot initiative to legalize marijuana, Measure 80, failed to pass in November’s ballot.
Some parents of this California elementary school are worried that the school’s yoga class violates the First Amendment.
And, it looks like we’re going over the cliff (fiscally speaking, that is). This isn’t to say that all is doom and gloom, but the House is reporting that no vote will be held on proposed legislation today. Look for retroactive tax cuts in the beginning of 2013.