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Nov. 18: State constitution, court rulings discussed
November 17, 2016

hugh-spitzerPULLMAN, Wash. – In recent years, the Washington State Supreme Court has issued constitutional decisions including striking down tax limitation initiatives and requiring the state legislature to spend more on public education.

Constitutional powers expert eyes Congress, terrorism
April 17, 2006

Louis Fisher, senior specialist at the Library of Congress and renowned scholar on constitutional law, will present an invited public lecture at WSU at 3:30 p.m. April 26 in Kimbrough Hall 101.The lecture, titled “Overseeing the War on Terrorism: Has Congress Abdicated Its Role?” is a presentation of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service. Fisher’s talk will explore the part Congress played in setting the scope and direction of the “War on Terrorism.””There is probably no topic more important in American politics today than the ‘War on Terrorism’ and who is making certain policy decisions and why the decisions are … » More …

WSU honors Constitution as federal law requires
September 16, 2005

In compliance with a newly implemented law requiring all federally funded schools to honor the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17 of each year, WSU has scheduled various local events to present students with U.S. Constitution information. The date marks the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.The law was inserted into a spending bill last fall by West Virginia Democrat Sen. Robert C. Byrd. The law states that if Sept. 17 falls on a weekend, as it does this year, the holiday may be celebrated the week before.“I think it’s important for all citizens of the United States to understand the Constitution and know our … » More …

Professor’s book eyes at court’s impact on Congress
June 15, 2004

PULLMAN — The impact of U.S. Supreme Court decisions on legislation passed by the U.S. Congress is the major focus of a soon-to-be-released book by J. Mitchell Pickerill, assistant professor of political science at Washington State University.Scheduled for a July 1 release by Duke University Press, “Constitutional Deliberation in Congress” presents a thorough examination of how anticipating and responding to high court rulings prompts constitutional debate by the nation’s lawmakers.William N. Eskridge Jr., professor of jurisprudence at Yale Law School, said Pickerill’s latest work is “well worth reading by lawyers as well as by students of American government.” Pickerill combines legislative histories, extensive empirical findings … » More …