New Chapter Now Available in National Survey of State Laws!

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

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

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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.

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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 Sabo

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

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Bonnie Hein

tilikumandcircusblog

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

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Shannon Sabo

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

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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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National Survey of State Laws Database Updated!

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

We're excited to announce that the first update to National Survey of State Laws was part of our May HeinOnline content release, which is now available! A brand-new chapter was added, the chapter on Marijuana was updated, and two chapters that were removed between editions have been updated and reinstated.

Civil Shoplifting

Civil Shoplifting is a unique and little-known area of law which came to the attention of Professor Ryan Sullivan, a supervising attorney at the University of Nebraska's Civil Law Clinic, who authored this chapter. Many states have passed laws giving store owners the ability to pursue a civil action against accused shoplifters without requiring criminal prosecution…

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National Survey of State Laws, Part I

National Survey of State Laws
Richard Leiter

Who doesn’t want to be an author? I always loved to write and jumped at any opportunity to do so. In fact, I came this close to graduating with an undergraduate degree in creative writing. After reality set in and I got my first academic law library job at the University of Texas’s famed Tarlton Law Library, my mentor and eventual friend, Professor Roy Mersky, recommended, among many other things, that I pursue writing book reviews for American Reference Books Annual (ARBA). He had been an ARBA contributor for many years. One of Roy’s reasons for writing for ARBA was that he got to keep the books! Frankly, he often had young staff members write his reviews for him.

ARBA relied on word of mouth for recruiting authors…

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National Survey of State Laws: New Edition and Database Now Available!

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Shannon Sabo

We are excited to announce the release of both a new edition and a database version of Richard Leiter's award-winning publication, National Survey of State Laws.

The seventh edition of National Survey of State Laws provides an overall view of some of the most sought-after and controversial legal topics in the United States. The book and the database are presented in chart format, and both versions allow users to make state-by-state comparisons of current state laws. Use the database version of this title to search the content and metadata, or to browse laws either by category or by topic. Compare only certain states' laws, or view laws as they appear in the current edition compared to the two previous editions. 

Selecting a law from either the list of categories or the list of laws from the collection homepage will produce an easy-to-use comparison chart…

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