Monday, July 30, 2012
Four-page opinion hints that justices will likely overturn Maryland ruling involving the collection of samples from people charged with felonies.
UPDATED (6:00 p.m.)—U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts continued a stay in the Maryland Court of Appeals ruling that had stopped police departments in Maryland from collecting DNA samples from some arrestees. With the delay continued, police in Maryland can continue to collect the samples until the Supreme Court issues an opinion. Roberts, in a four-page order, wrote that there is a reasonable chance that Maryland could win its appeal and overturn the Court of Appeals ruling. "[The Maryland Court of Appeals] decision conflicts with decisions of the U. S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Ninth Circuits as well as the Virginia Supreme Court, which have upheld statutes similar to Maryland’s DNA Collection Act," Roberts wrote. …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
State sought delay in implementing ruling that declared Maryland's "good and substantial reason" requirement for a gun permit was unconstitutional.
UPDATED (4:16 p.m.)—A U.S. District Court judge has lifted a stay on a federal court ruling that declared Maryland's permitting process to wear and carry a gun unconstitutional. The order, issued by Judge Benson Everett Legg, lifts a stay sought by the state as it appeals the decision made last year. Legg's ruling, which goes into effect in 14 days, lifts the stay sought by the state after a federal court ruled that the law requiring those seeking a permit to carry a gun must have "a good or substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun, such as a finding that the permit is necessary as a reasonable precaution against apprehended danger." David Paulson, a spokesman for Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, said the ruling "is…
Friday, June 29, 2012
State and county leadership say the Supreme Court ruling on health care affirms a trail Maryland was already blazing, while Maryland residents remain split on the issue.
Maryland leaders have had the chance to absorb the news: The Supreme Court, in a split decision, has upheld the individual mandate that requires the purchase of insurance as a tax. Although there was some confusion Thursday, it's clear now that The Affordable Care Act will stay in effect, although opponents pledge they won't give up the fight. While Marylanders apparently have mixed feelings about the ruling, the response among Prince George's County leaders was upbeat. They were early adopters of the Affordable Care Act that President Barack H. Obama championed. Thursday’s decision allows the law to stand. “Today’s decision is a huge victory for the American people,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen Jr. (D-MD), whose district includes parts of …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Several Prince George's residents commented on today's Supreme Court ruling on health care.
Do you think President Obama's re-election efforts have been helped by court's ruling?
Much of Maryland is split on Thursday's Supreme Court ruling. Some analysts felt President Barack Obama scored a huge win Thursday. Some officials felt Republican challenger Mitt Romney will benefit from conservative momentum following the decision. Either way, Thursday's Supreme Court ruling—one that upheld the individual mandate that requires the purchase of insurance as a tax—thrust health care to the top of the list of campaign topics heading toward November. We want to hear from you. Vote in our poll. Then tell us in the comments if Thursday's ruling has changed or cemented your vote this November.
Statements expected throughout the day from state, county and local officials.
UPDATE at 11:53 a.m. The Supreme Court has upheld a key provision of President Barack Obama's 2010 health care reform law requiring most Americans to purchase health insurance or face a penalty. Local Congressional Reaction U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) praised the Supreme Court's decision. “Upholding the Affordable Care Act, in its entirety, was the right decision under the law for the Supreme Court," said Cardin in a press release. "I thank the justices for setting aside the politics surrounding this debate and actually following precedent and the law." U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) said that the decision was a "huge victory" for health care access in America. "The historic Affordable Care Act has changed the course of health care in …
What does the Supreme Court's ruling on Affordable Health Care mean to you?
Various media are reporting that the Supreme Court has upheld the individual mandate that requires the purchase of insurance as a tax. Stay with Patch throughout the day for updates and local reaction. What does it mean to you? Vote in our poll. While you're at it, don't just vote. Tell us why. Leave a comment, sharing your take on today's ruling. ——— NOTE: This poll is published throughout Maryland's network of Patch sites.
Families USA praise court decision. Rep. Andy Harris calls for the repeal of the law.
UPDATED (3:11 p.m.)—The Supreme Court, in a split decision, has upheld the individual mandate that requires the purchase of insurance as a tax. The announcement allows the Affordable Care Act championed by President Barack Obama to move forward. It's expected that the law would offer health care to more than 30 million Americans, according to the Huffington Post. In a 5-4 opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the majority of the court rejected arguments that the law violated the Constitution's interstate commerce clause. "The individual mandate forces individuals into commerce precisely because they elected to refrain from commercial activity," Roberts wrote. "Such a law cannot be sustained under a clause authorizing Congress to “…
The Supreme Court is set to rule Thursday morning on the national healthcare law.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Supreme Court is scheduled to rule Thursday on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, signed into law March 23, 2010. In an informal Patch poll in Prince George's County this week, readers seemed split on whether or not the Supreme Court should overturn the healthcare bill. But ultimately 53 percent of the said it should be overturned. "The Federal government has no business: zero, zip, nada, nothing... in terms of mandating anything with regards to health care," one commenter, Patch user tcmitssr, said. "Less than half of Americans under Obama's socialist medical proposal will pay for more than half of the rest of the country's health care." According to a 2009 Rand Health report, nearly 80,000 adult residents in Prince …