Monday, July 1, 2013

Current Legal Headlines

Last week was eventful on the mainland as well as Hawaii for legal issues.  The U.S. Supreme Court made a noteworthy decision on the Defense of Marriage Act which directly addresses same-sex marriages. U.S. Supreme Court - Defense of Marriage Act

The U.S. Senate also made headlines by passing a bill that sets forth a thirteen year path to citizenship for eleven million unauthorized immigrants in the United States.  The bill effectively links a substantial border security increase to citizenship.  It will be interesting to see what happens to this proposed law in the House.  U.S. Senate Immigration Bill

In Hawaii, Governor Abercrombie is expected to sign a new law soon that will allow homeowners to purchase a solar photovoltaic system by using state bonds or “on-bill” financing.  The program will begin in 2014 and will enable people who could not otherwise afford the up-front cost of a project to install a solar system.

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