November 10, 2011 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Hoping to avert a costly legal battle over whether New Jerseyans should be able to bet on sports, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. said he would introduce a bill Monday giving the state an exemption from a federal ban on sports betting. Pallone, a Democrat in the GOP-led House, said his bill would take effect immediately upon passage. How likely it is to get through Congress remains to be seen. It would represent the most direct path to approving sports betting in New Jersey.
March 31, 1995 |
A federal court judge yesterday ordered the state to make it easier for citizens to register to vote. The federal government sued the state for not implementing the federal "motor voter" law, which requires states to let citizens register to vote when they apply for driver's licenses, welfare and many other public services. The state opposed the law, arguing that it was unconstitutional for the federal government to order a state to implement the law. Bob Gentzel, a spokesman for Attorney General Ernie Preate, said the state also was concerned about a segment of the law that would stop the state from purging voters who hadn't voted in 2 1/2 years.
February 2, 1995 |
Pennsylvania yesterday drew another line in the sand in its fight with Washington over the motor-voter act when a Senate panel approved legislation that would circumvent a major provision of the federal law. By a 6-4 party-line vote, the Republican-led State Government Committee sent to the full Senate a bill that would not change state law on purging voters from registration rolls if they fail to vote in five straight elections. The federal law disallows voters to be dropped from the rolls, except when they die or move.
January 13, 2012 |
They met at a birthday party in 1990, were instantly smitten, and, after years of transatlantic romancing, got married in California in 2008. Today, they have four adopted children, ages 6 to 11, and a comfortable home in Harrisburg. But a sword of Damocles hangs over the couple, only one of whom is an American citizen. The other is French, and vulnerable to deportation. Under federal immigration law, married binational couples usually can fix this precarious situation with a family reunification petition, seeking a green card for the foreign-born spouse.
January 10, 2014
SO, THAT'S what they mean by Miller High Life . With this month's ballyhooed legalization of marijuana in Colorado, some beer makers are adding playful drug references to their brand names and labels, and regulators can do little to censor them. Label oversight, a quirky if contentious area of federal alcohol law, has confounded breweries for years with often capricious standards that bear little on consumer protection. Federal law, for example, oddly prohibits the use of coats of arms or wording that promises "pre-war strength," whatever that means.
February 7, 2012 |
It was the second-biggest mistake of LaRue Y. Smith's life. Laid off from his job, Smith went to his computer, copied out a list of 7-Eleven stores in and around Philadelphia, grabbed a gun, and started sticking them up. The clerks and customers were terrified. Smith fired his revolver once, by accident, and almost shot himself in the leg. Police caught the former Marine eight weeks after his crimes had started in June 2007. Within hours, he confessed to a dozen robberies that netted him an unimpressive $2,510, plus cigarettes, chips, and soft drinks.
February 21, 2013
By John R. Lott Jr. President Obama's continued call on Friday for "commonsense proposals to make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun" is something that everyone agrees with. Unfortunately, the president is misleadingly claiming what his proposals would do, and they are more likely to do more harm than good. Consider "background checks. " According to Obama and gun-control advocates, "40 percent of all gun purchases are conducted without a background check. " That is just false.
September 19, 2013 |
New Jersey lost another round to legalize sports betting in the state Tuesday when a federal appeals court decided the state law allowing it is trumped by federal law. Gov. Christie and lawmakers have been pushing for legalized sports gambling to revive the struggling casino industry. Legalized sports betting would allow betting on professional and college sporting events. In 2011, voters approved the New Jersey Sports Wagering Law, which was signed into law last year, but not implemented.
November 15, 2012 |
October marked the 75th anniversary of the first federal law criminalizing marijuana. In November, voters in Colorado and Washington legalized recreational use of the drug, joining 32 states and municipalities that embrace marijuana's medicinal value or effectively ignore those who possess it in perfect health. One of the nation's most patriotic potheads, Ed Forchion, wanted to celebrate the Election Day victories, but the doors to his Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensary were locked.
August 10, 2012 |
A 34-year-old convicted felon was charged Friday with arranging the purchase through straw buyers of 17 handguns and semiautomatic rifles, including AK-47 and AR-15 assault weapons. Ilya Goldenberg, 34, of Trevose, Pa., faces a maximum 190 years in prison if convicted of all the charges against him. A federal grand jury charged Goldenberg and one of the alleged straw buyers, Larisa Rudka, 38, also of Trevose, in a 23-count indictment unsealed Friday. The indictment alleges that Goldenberg used Rudka and another straw buyer, who was identified only as MK and was previously charged, to purchase the weapons for him. According to the indictment, Goldenberg is a convicted felon and known cocaine user who is barred under federal law from owning firearms.