Ride to Live for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month (and Beyond)

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), National Survey of State Laws, Session Laws, Subject Compilations of State Laws
Tara Hutchinson

We’re kicking off Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month with an overview of motorcycle safety laws in the U.S. Take a quick detour to learn about motorcycle history, then ride on to ensure you have the proper helmet and eye protection to stay safe and legal throughout the upcoming summer months.

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Motorcycles: A Brief History

The first iteration of the motorcycle can be traced back to the second half of the 19th century…

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NEW EDITION: National Survey of State Laws, 8th Edition!

National Survey of State Laws, What's New
Lauren Mattiuzzo

We’re excited to announce the release of the new edition of National Survey of State Laws! The 8th edition includes an additional 200 pages and four years of updates for every chapter. It also has nine new chapters!

Print and Online Resource


A MUST-HAVE GUIDE FOR STATE-BY-STATE LAW COMPARISON

National Survey of State Laws (NSSL) is a print and online resource that provides an overall view of some of the most-asked about and controversial legal topics in the United States…

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National Survey of State Laws Has Been Updated!

National Survey of State Laws, What's New
Shannon Furtak

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The database version of Rich Leiter’s National Survey of State Laws provides an overall view of some of the most sought-after and controversial legal topics in the United States. Users are able to make basic state-by-state comparisons of current state laws. The most recent 7th edition, along with the 6th and 5th editions, are included in database format, which also allows users to compare the same laws as they existed in 2005, 2008 and today. All print editions are included in HeinOnline’s image-based, fully searchable, user-friendly platform. The database comes with a copy of the current print edition…

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New Chapter Now Available in National Survey of State Laws!

National Survey of State Laws, What's New
Shannon Furtak

Foodies, this brand-new addition to Rich Leiter’s National Survey of State Laws is for you! Food Laws, the most recent chapter in this incredible resource, focuses on the rapidly growing “slow foods” movement. This movement is in response to decades of increases in mass-production, corporate (factory) farming, and marketing of processed foods in supermarkets and restaurants. The slow foods movement encourages consumers to purchase locally produced, in-season foods at venues such as local farmers’ markets.

Naturally, any large movement brings with it problems and controversies, and that’s where the new Food Laws chapter is helpful…

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Marijuana Legalization

Current Events, Government Documents, National Survey of State Laws, Navigating
Bonnie Hein

This past November, the controversial topic of the legalization of Marijuana was on the ballot in nine states. Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota voters decided on medical marijuana initiatives, while voters in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada decided on recreational marijuana.

Adults 21 years and older in California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada can now consume marijuana for recreational purposes.  Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota have all approved marijuana for medical use. Overall, cannabis usage was approved in 8 out of the 9 states in which it was up for a vote, with only Arizona rejecting the recreational usage.

Find more in HeinOnline’s National Survey of State Laws

The recently released Winter 2017 update of the National Survey of State Laws database includes several important updates…

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National Survey of State Laws: NEW Update Now Available

National Survey of State Laws, What's New
Shannon Furtak

Comparing laws among states has never been easier!

Last year, HeinOnline teamed up with Rich Leiter, Director of the Schmid Law Library and Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law, to create a database version of National Survey of State Laws. This easy-to-use resource provides an overall view of the most sought-after and controversial legal topics in the United States and enables users to make basic state-by-state comparisons of current state laws.

Summary of Winter 2017 Updates
by Rich Leiter

The Winter 2017 release includes several important updates, some of which come as the result of the November 2016 election…

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Tilikum, Circus Elephants, and Animal Rights

Animal Law, Current Events, Hein Blog, National Survey of State Laws, Navigating, Searching, Subject Compilations of State Laws, Tips and Tricks
Bonnie Hein

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Tilikum was a 22 feet long, more than 11,000 pound killer whale and possibly the most famous orca in the world. Earlier this month, he died of serious health issues at an estimated 36 years of age. He was captured near his birthplace of Iceland and performed in captivity for decades, becoming notorious for aggressive behavior, including the death of three people. Tilikum was profiled in the documentary Blackfish, which helped to influence popular opinion on killer whales in captivity and on SeaWorld in particular. 

Similarly, the "Greatest Show on Earth," another long-time attraction, has received increasingly negative public sentiment regarding captive wild animals forced to perform as entertainment…

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2016 Year in Review

Author Profile Pages, Buddhism, Content News, Law Journal Library, Legal Classics, National Survey of State Laws, Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases, Slavery in America and the World, UNC Press, What's New
Shannon Furtak

What a tumultuous year 2016 turned out to be! Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States surprised the world; many entertainment icons passed away, including actor Gene Wilder, actress Florence Henderson, singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, legendary musician and performer Prince, and psychic Miss Cleo, among many others. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia also died suddenly, leaving a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court that has yet to be filled…

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History of Sales Tax in the United States

HeinOnline, National Survey of State Laws, Tax Foundation Archive Publications, Taxation and Economic Reform in America
Benjamin Boron

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As we approach the end of November, we face the largest shopping season in the United States. The weekend following Thanksgiving has two specific days entirely dedicated to retail shopping—"Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday." Depending on where you live in the U.S., you may be paying a substantially higher or lower sales tax than fellow shoppers in neighboring states.

What constitutes a retail sale and which goods are subject to tax varies across the nation. The rates for sales tax fluctuate by jurisdiction and range from less than 1% to more than 10%. Almost all jurisdictions provide tax exemptions or lowered tax rates for numerous categories of goods and services. Most jurisdictions exempt food sold in grocery stores, prescription medications, and many agricultural supplies…

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National Survey of State Laws: Writing a Reference Book, Part II

National Survey of State Laws
Richard Leiter

The views expressed in this post are those of the author, and in no way represent the opinions of William S. Hein & Co., Inc. and HeinOnline.

Writing a Reference Book, Part II: Updating a Moving Target

State laws change. Constantly. Keeping a reference book that compares the most interesting and controversial laws in all 50 states current is like pushing a boulder up a hill that doesn’t have at its top a place for the boulder to rest. Every time you get it up there, it rolls back down; it’s a never-ending process. (It won’t surprise you to know that the laws change!) With the release of the first Interim Update to the 7th edition of National Survey of State Laws

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