The bills that Congress reject are as informative as the ones it does. Reviews of all the legislation that meet their fate in government halls.
Statutes of Limitations: Is It Too Late to Sue?
Whether you watch lots of crime shows on television, or just have a basic understanding of law, you’ve likely come across the phrase “statute of limitations.” While this phrase may sound a bit daunting to the uninitiated, it is actually a relatively straightforward concept once you begin to break it down. If you’re about to enter into legal proceedings (or think you may have reason to), it’s important to fully understand what a statute of limitations is, and how it applies to your case:
The 23rd Amendment
The 23rd Amendment to the Constitution was passed on June 16th, 1960 and had to do with electors, as well as the right to the people living in the District of Columbia the right to vote in Presidential elections. The 23rd Amendment was ratified on March 29th, 1961. This Amendment refers to the fact that the Constitution provides each state with presidential electors that are equal to the number of seats that are put together in the Senate and House of Representatives, since the District of Columbia is not a State, which means it didn’t have electors prior to the adoption of the 23rd Amendment.
The 20th Amendment
The President and the Vice President’s term is over at noon on January 20th, while the term limits of Senators and the House of Representatives end on the 3rd day of January. Congress needs to assemble once a year, while that meeting begins at noon on the 3rd day of January, unless the law sets up a different day.
The 18th Amendment
The 18th Amendment was proposed to Congress on December 18th, 1917 and ratified on January 16th, 1919 but was repealed by the 21st Amendment on December 5th, 1933. The 18th Amendment was a product of the temperance movement, as they wanted a total ban on the sale of alcohol. Back then, drinking was seen as a weakness. Today, drinking is an ordinary fact of life for some people who could not imagine what it would be like to not be able to drink at all. (Wikipedia: Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution) This Amendment was controversial as it stopped the sale of all alcohol in the continental United States.
Bryan Watch: Week One April
It’s Friday again, so let's take a look back at what Congress has been up to this last week or so. Since March 27, the House has cast 27 votes. 9 were non-party-line, 9 were procedural, and 9 were party line votes of some substance. Bryan Steil voted with the Republicans, 13 of 18 times (with 3 of those dissents being votes on the journal: RC 136, 139 and 143).
We the People
History is filled with facts that are too often ignored, deemed not credible, or otherwise dismissed. But, if we fail to recognize that certain events in the past just may have far reaching consequences but done nothing, well let's just say we had our chance but blew it. In the history of the United States, there have been documents forged out of not really necessity but purposely engineered to enhance the powers of government. To this day the American citizen remains trapped by government bureaucracy that has effectively rendered each and every one of us powerless to control our own destiny. In retracing our history, it was during the War of 1812 that the British destroyed copies of the Titles of Nobility Amendment of the Constitution. This was done because the Titles of Nobility Amendment prevented anyone who had ties to the crown of England from holding public office in the United States. When Congress reconvened after the war, they never did reinstate that Titles of Nobility Amendment, a purposeful omission that has had far reaching consequences even to this day.
Personal Injury Law Myths and Misunderstandings
Our torts system is an extremely important part of the laws of our nations and states. The ability to sue another person is an important right, because it gives citizens who have been wronged by others the chance to see justice done. Yet lawsuits, and particularly personal injury lawsuits, get a bad rap in popular culture. To most, they represent the worst things about human nature and the law.
The Seventh Amendment
The seventh Amendment has to do with the legal system at large, and how one percent of juries actually decide civil cases that fall under the jurisdiction of the seventh Amendment. The seventh Amendment is about guaranteeing the right to a trial by jury. Civil claims apply to the seventh Amendment as you are seeking financial compensation because you need to sue somebody in a civil case. The lawsuit has to be worth more than 20 dollars, which at the time of the Founding Fathers was a great amount of money.
The Sixth Amendment
The Sixth Amendment covers the right to a trial by jury, and the right to having representation in an expedited public trial. Jail time means being supported by public expense, so it makes sense to have a speedy trial as a constitutional right. Some people, however, will wind up in jail no matter what they do. The right to a fair trial is a fundamental right covered by the Bill of Rights.
The 5th Amendment is how everybody who is a U.S. citizen can be entitled to a trial by jury. U.S. citizens cannot be compelled to be a witness against their own person, nor can they be held without probable cause because a jury has to be present in order to make a proper conviction. Grand juries come from British common law, designed to protect people from prosecution by the religious monarchy. Grand juries occur when there are 12 to 23 people on it. The 5th Amendment is all about our nation’s laws as to how to deal with criminals or other forms of wrongdoing.
The Fourth Amendment
The 4th Amendment to the Constitution is about freedom from random arrests that do not make sense. Nobody can go into your home without a search warrant. The text is: “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the person or things be seized.” The right to privacy without government intrusion is what this amendment is about. A person’s home is their castle. Some circumstances, however, if there is criminal activity, demand that the search is conducted.
This archaic amendment was added to the Constitution during the American Revolutionary War when soldiers were quartered in a home without the owner’s consent. James Madison originally introduced this amendment in 1789 as a part of the United States Bill of Rights, partly as an outgrowth of backlash from Anti-Federalist groups opposed to the Constitution’s draft. The amendment was proposed on September 28, 1789, and finally accepted by the legislature on December 15, 1791. This amendment was a response to British Parliament rules on quartering soldiers, which frustrated the early colonials to no end.