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Executive Actions Target Key Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations

Posted Apr 21, 2017

President Trump issued an executive order and two presidential memoranda aimed at rolling back Dodd-Frank and reviewing tax regulations. The executive order directs the Treasury Secretary to review all significant 2016 tax regulations to determine if they impose undue financial burden on taxpayers, are needlessly complex, create unnecessary requirement, or exceed what’s allowed under law.  The memoranda order the Treasury secretary to analyze and report back on other key provisions of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law.  Read articles in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today.

U.S. Department of Justice Sends Letters to Nine Sanctuary Jurisdictions

Posted Apr 21, 2017

The Justice Department sent letters to selected communities that it had previously identified as having rules limiting the information that can be provided to federal immigration authorities.  Alan Hanson from the Justice Department’s grant-making arm sent letters to the cities telling them they are required to submit proof that they are complying with federal immigration law. The places receiving the letters include: Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Miami, Milwaukee, New York, Cook County, Ill. and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Read the press release at the DOJ website.   Read articles in the New York Times and SFGate.

Supreme Court hears Oral Arguments in Church-State Case

Posted Apr 21, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments  in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, a constitutional challenge to Missouri’s exclusion of a church-run preschool from a state program that provides grants to nonprofits to resurface playgrounds.  Trinity Lutheran Church applied for a state-funded grant that funds rubberized playground coverings made from scrap tires.  The state of Missouri turned down the application citing a provision in the state Constitution that reads, “no money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect, or denomination of religion".  The case is being closely watched as it may have implications for all kinds of government aid to religious institutions.  Read the argument analysis at SCOTUSblog.  Read articles in the New York Times and Washington Post.