Legal Lasso: Weiser Will Defend ACA

by Tony Flesor

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COMPILED BY LAW WEEK COLORADO’S NEWS STAFF

IN LOCAL NEWS:

Phil Weiser Will Defend ACA
In the wake of the news that a Texas judge ruled the ACA unconstitutional (more on that below), Colorado Attorney General-elect Phil Weiser vowed to work with other state AGs in reversing the decision and defending the law. 

Baumgardner to Resign
State Sen. Randy Baumgardner announced yesterday that he will resign, following allegations of sexual misconduct that arose during the last legislative session. As for why now? He said the decision is “in light of new opportunities” for his family.

Conversion Therapy Ban Moving Forward
Denver’s City Council will consider a bill that would ban conversion therapy, in response to a recommendation from the city’s Office of Human Rights and Community Partnerships. And the state government seems likely to follow suit.

Denver Addressing Immigrant Representation
The City of Denver started a new fund intended to improve the representation for immigrant detainees in the city. 

Sweet Leaf Judgment
Marijuana dispensary chain Sweet Leaf has new legal problems. In addition to losing its licenses earlier this year, a Denver judge also issued an $8.8 million judgment against the business for unpaid rent, late fees and interest.

IN NATIONAL NEWS

Donald J. Trump Foundation to Close
The Donald J. Trump Foundation will close, following a judge’s decision to allow a lawsuit brought by the New York Attorney General’s Office to move forward.

Texas Judge Deals Blow to ACA
A federal judge in Texas declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. With the health care system prepared for another trip through the courts, what happens now?

Zinke’s Replacement
After Ryan Zinke leaves from the Department of the Interior, he will be replaced in the interim by David Bernhardt, a former Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck lobbyist and Interior Department attorney.

Poacher Sentenced to Watch Bambi
A Missouri judge got creative for the one-year sentence of a poacher who illegally killed deer. The poacher will be required to watch “Bambi” at least once a month while serving his sentence.

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