Legal Lasso: 10th Circuit Revives 'Raise the Bar' Amendment

by Tony Flesor

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LOCAL NEWS

Raise the Bar Returns
A panel of judges on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals revived the “raise the bar” amendment, which sets stricter requirements for signatures to put measures on a Colorado ballot.

Denver Will Pursue Short-Term Contracts for Halfway Houses
Denver officials are looking to enter contracts with two private prison corporations while they search for other options to solve the city’s halfway house needs. (Denver Post)

Poll Shows Support for Red Flag Laws
A poll of people from across the country and across the political spectrum suggests that the majority of Americans — including gun owners — support red flag laws.

Colorado Springs Working on Stormwater Lawsuit Settlement
Colorado Springs and environmental regulators are working on a “global settlement” in the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2016 lawsuit against the city for failing to comply with Clean Water Act regulations.

Sen. Pettersen Will be a State First
Sen. Brittany Pettersen will have a busy legislative term in 2020 — she will become the state’s first lawmaker to give birth during a legislative session. (Denver Post)

NATIONAL NEWS

Jones Day Responds to Parental Leave Bias Suit
Jones Day is firing back against the newest plaintiffs alleging gender discrimination at the firm. The firm took to social media to respond to the suit, saying an attorney claiming parental leave bias ignored “both the law and biology” with his suit.

Attention ‘Serial’ Fans:
The attorneys for “Serial” podcast subject Adnan Syed have filed a petition for certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.

It’s O.K. to Keep Saying ‘Patent Troll’
The New Hampshire Supreme Court has upheld dismissal of a suit that challenges the use of the phrase “patent troll” to describe an inventor and his company.

House Dems Ask for Summary Judgment in Tax Return Lawsuit
House Democrats are looking to speed up their lawsuit over President Trump’s tax returns by asking for summary judgment.

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