Guns to marriage to the environment: What a new Supreme Court could mean to Calif.

Guns to marriage to the environment: What a new Supreme Court could mean to Calif.

Imagine civilians legally packing pistols as they stroll the streets of San Francisco and Los Angeles. Or health care that is harder for Californians to obtain or even afford. Or air in the Central Valley with higher concentrations of methane gas, or county jails across the state that have no recourse but to allow federal agents inside for an immigration search. None of these changes is guaranteed. But they’re all potential effects of a rightward shift in the U.S. Supreme Court, with the addition of President Trump’s newest nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington, D.C. “We tend to be somewhat spoiled in California,” said Margaret Russell, a constitutional law professor at Santa Clara University. “We think we’re not like the rest of the country. All these state law protections. Lawsuits against the Trump administration on the environment, sanctuary cities, the right to control our own jurisdiction. More on Supreme Court LocalKavanaugh’s views of presidential power drawing questions “The Supreme Court may not see it that way.” The court already struck down two California laws in the closing days of its 2017-18 term last month, both on 5-4 rulings with the support of Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Californian whose retirement has opened a seat for Kavanaugh, One law required hundreds of antiabortion crisis pregnancy centers to post notices telling patients the state made abortions available at little or no cost for low-income women. The second law, in California and 21 other states, allowed unions of government […]

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