I missed PI Buzz while it was on hiatus and am glad to see Tamara is back in the blogging saddle, but maybe not on a punishing schedule that keeps her from blogging. Her posts are useful and educational and even if she posted just once a month many of us would be grateful.
The Oregon Legislature’s 2014 SB 1531 is the bill of the hour (and the day and maybe the Session) and the Oregonian has been tracking the story, along with other news sources around the state. Many Oregon cities and communities are debating the issue and some have already passed laws.
The Oregonian has (among other medical marijuana articles) this useful 2/14/14 compilation of local laws: Medical marijuana: Oregon cities that have banned dispensaries
The Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington (state) has their own compilation of medical marijuana laws.
And Americans for Safe Access has other information and compilations of laws from all states.
“Our New Report Looks at Bitcoin in 40 Countries,” February 4, 2014 by Kelly Buchanan
The foreign law specialists and analysts at the Law Library of Congress recently completed a report that highlights the emerging global discussion around approaches to regulating virtual currencies, particularly Bitcoin. [Link to LOC blog post and report.]
Ask and ye shall find. From Legislative Counsel:
“We plan to have the 2013 ORS posted on the legislative website by the end of January.”
We’ve updated our guide to legal research, and other, databases in Oregon county law libraries:
(or from this Washington County Law Library webpage – under “O” for OCCLL).
Most databases are free, on-site use only (vs. remote access), but county law library and State of Oregon Law Library employees share information and research tips with each other via their listserves and telephone.
You can contact ANY county law library in Oregon (or the State of Oregon Law Library) and ask for referrals and legal research assistance:
Oregon county law librarians also work closely with their local public libraries, which have lots of useful databases, including ones with legal information.
The 1990′s Thomas dot gov becomes the 00′s (beta) Congress dot gov. It’s about time, but bittersweet nonetheless. Thomas was on the cusp, riding the web wave, a time and money saver to us all, and made teaching federal legislative history a little more fun than it was in the all-paper days.
Clean sanitation is an issue for lawyers, not just public health workers (and just about everyone else). Save lives, increase infant mortality, live longer: Every day is World Toilet Day.
The Gallagher Blogs post, Bathroom Humor with a Serious Message, links to several law review articles about the subject.
For more, visit PHLUSH (Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human), which is an all-volunteer advocacy group based in Portland, Oregon.
Remember “unfunded mandates?” They never really went away so you may as well get reacquainted with them. (See also, National Conference of State Legislatures on unfunded mandates.)
Interesting story in the Salem (Oregon) Statesman Journal, 11/21/13:
Excerpt: “Oregon would need to spend $16.3 million during the next six years to upgrade security measures for its driver’s licenses, or the federal government could refuse to recognize Oregon IDs for things like boarding a plane.
That’s according to a report from Oregon’s Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division that was requested by senators on the Business and Transportation interim committee.
The REAL ID Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 2005, required each state to add 39 specific elements to its processes for issuing IDs….” [Link to full Statesman Journal article.]
Link to the Salem Statesman Journal.