May 1 is Law Day and this year’s theme is The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy. The American Bar Association (ABA) notes that the theme “provides the opportunity to explore the many ways that the Fourteenth Amendment has reshaped American law and society.” Viewed as the “cornerstone” of landmark civil rights legislation, the 14th Amendment was ratified during Reconstruction a century and a half ago, on July 9, 1868. This amendment was part of a trio of Reconstruction amendments (including the 13th and 15th) known as “America’s Second Founding.” For more information, see the ABA’s timeline of the 14th Amendment, which includes landmark cases, and the Library of Congress website. Read more
Long days and late nights marked this week in the Washington Legislature. Wednesday’s House of Origin cutoff meant lawmakers had to vote bills out of their respective chambers by 5 p.m. to be eligible for further consideration.