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by Elizabeth Wydra, Chief Counsel, Constitutional Accountability Center
Today, in a victory for public health and safety, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a lower court’s ruling that the U.S. must compensate egg producer Rose Acre Farms, Inc $5.4 million for profits lost after the government temporarily restricted sales of Rose Acres’ eggs due to salmonella contamination.
by Judith E. Schaeffer, Vice President, Constitutional Accountability Center
Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution requires that an “actual Enumeration” of the U.S. population be made every ten years -- a task now referred to as the decennial census. By statute, the census must encompass “population, housing, and matters related to population and housing.” The U.S. Census Bureau conducts the census by mailing census forms to households seeking basic demographic information about their residents, and follows this up with personal visits if the forms are not returned.
Yesterday, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) held a joint hearing on their proposed constitutional amendment that would require states to hold elections to fill Senate vacancies, and thus prevent governors like Rod Blagojevich from filling vacant seats. (A complete webcast of the hearing is available here.) If ratified, the proposal would become the 28th Amendment to the Constitution.
- “…Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is not, repeat not, winding down.” In this week’s Legal Times, Tony Mauro discusses the legacy and tenacity of the Court’s most senior member.
by David H. Gans, Director of the Human & Civil Rights Program, Constitutional Accountability Center