LEGISLATION

  • DREAM Act: What's at Stake for Virginians

    Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, 2017

    According to The Commonwealth Institute,

    There are 30,000 young immigrants who were potentially eligible for DACA and call Virginia home. They currently contribute a total of $29.3 million to local and state taxes annually through sales and excise taxes, property taxes and income tax.

    Without the Dream Act, Virginia can expect to lose at least $10.5 million in tax revenue. That’s the projected loss if DACA recipients stay in the state after losing work authorization, earning lower wages and becoming less likely to file income tax returns.

    Read more HERE.

  • Republicans Hunt for Ways to Pay for Tax Cuts. And, a provision opens the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to energy exploration?

    According to The New York Times (12/14/17), Republicans are scrambling to meet individual legislator demands so they can pass the largest tax overall in recent history in record time and without public consideration. As they struggle to find enough cuts to meet the $1.5 trillion budget increase threshold, the question remains: Why are we cutting taxes for wealthy corporations and families when the economy is "booming," according to Rep. Brat, the stock market is ballooning, and our deficit is increasing? And, what does drilling for oil have to do with taxes? It looks like the GOP is trying to sneak in benefits for Big Oil into a plan whose benefits to working families are set to expire in less than ten years. On Dec. 6 on Fox News, Brat discusses the need to rein in spending and balance the budget to reduce the deficit, but he has little regard for protecting corporate wealthfare entitlements and tax deductions for the most affluent families in the U.S.

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  • Happy the Year of the Dog! – Pic of the Week February 16, 2018
    Today, February 16, is New Year’s Day on the Chinese lunar calendar. This is the Year of the Dog. As explained in my previous blog post, Transition from the Lunar Calendar to the Western Calendar Under Chinese Law, the People’s Republic of China officially uses the same Gregorian calendar as the one used in the […]

    Laney Zhang

  • More Historical Statutes at Large Available Online February 15, 2018
    The individual statutes for congresses 68 through 81 are now available on the Law Library of Congress website. This addition closes the gap for the years for which the Statutes at Large were not available on the Internet. As with the volumes for previous congresses, each of these statutes is tagged with tailored, descriptive metadata […]

    Jennifer González

  • How to Boost your Medal Count in the Olympics, South Korean-Style February 8, 2018
    This following is a guest post by Sayuri Umeda, a foreign law specialist who covers Japan and various other countries in East and Southeast Asia, and Jieun Chang, foreign law intern at the Global Legal Research Directorate. Sayuri has previously written posts for In Custodia Legis on various topics, including Two Koreas Separated by Demilitarized Zone, English Translations of Post-World […]

    Jenny Gesley

  • An Interview with Felicia Stephan, Foreign Law Intern February 7, 2018
    Today’s interview is with Felicia Stephan, a foreign law intern working with Jenny Gesley on research related to the laws of Germany and other German-speaking jurisdictions at the Global Legal Research Directorate, Law Library of Congress.  Describe your background. I am originally from Tübingen, a small town in the south of Germany, where I grew up with […]

    Jenny Gesley

  • The Pyramid of Niches in an 18th Century Legal Gazette February 5, 2018
    Today, February 5th, is the 101st anniversary of the Mexican Constitution of 1917.  As I have covered the history of the Mexican constitution before, I would like to observe this holiday with another Mexican matter. I have been working on a digitization proposal, and–as I was drafting the narrative and compiling the details for it–I chanced upon this […]

    Francisco Macías

  • The French National Library – Pic of the Week February 2, 2018
    The following is a guest post from Nicolas Boring, foreign law specialist covering French speaking jurisdictions at the Law Library of Congress. I recently went back to Paris for a few days and took that opportunity to visit the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF), the French national library.  Specifically, I went to the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand […]

    Margaret Wood

  • 2018 Supreme Court Fellows Program Annual Lecture to Feature Justice Clarence Thomas February 1, 2018
    The Law Library of Congress and the Supreme Court Fellows Program will present A Conversation with The Honorable Clarence Thomas on Thursday, February 15, at 3:30 p.m. in the Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are free, but registration is required.  Please register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversation-with-the-honorable-clarence-thomas-tickets-41455844547 Professor Gregory E. Maggs of George Washington University Law School will […]

    Donna Sokol

  • Nauru – 50 Years of Independence January 31, 2018
    Fifty years ago, on January 31, 1968, Nauru became an independent nation. It is the smallest island republic in the world with a land area of just 8.1 square miles (“about 0.1 times the size of Washington, DC“) and a population of around 10,000 people. Prior to independence, from 1947 onward, the island was subject to a […]

    Kelly Buchanan

  • New Congress.gov Search Box, Search Form, and Streamlined Header January 30, 2018
    It’s enhancement time for Congress.gov!  You have submitted a lot of feedback on how you search on our website, and we have listened.  Based on a variety of user comments, we have improved the search interface and streamlined the header. Rather than just list the details, let’s take a look first. The new Search Bar […]

    Andrew Weber

  • 60 Years of Lego Building Blocks and Danish Patent Law January 29, 2018
    The following is a guest post by Elin Hofverberg, who covers Scandinavian jurisdictions at the Law Library of Congress. Elin’s previous posts include Finland: 100 Years of Independence – Global Legal Collection Highlights, Alfred Nobel’s Will: A Legal Document that Might Have Changed the World and a Man’s Legacy, Swedish Detention Order Regarding Julian Assange, The Masquerade King and […]

    Jenny Gesley