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Modi’s Proposal Requiring Doctors to Prescribe Generic Medication Puts Patients at Risk
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 1:09 pm | By Elizabeth McKee

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently hinted at imposing new laws that would require doctors to prescribe generic medications. The law, Modi claims, would decrease the price of medication and allow patients greater access to health services. However, Modi’s proposal would diminish the autonomy of medical professionals and increase trade in dangerous fake medications. 

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Judiciary Committee Considers Bill to Eliminate Eminent Domain Abuses
Monday, April 3, 2017 11:35 am | By Elizabeth McKee

The House Judiciary Committee’s  Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing March 30 regarding the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 1689). The bill, which was sponsored by Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis), would prohibit states from using eminent domain over property to be used for economic development. 

The Fifth Amendment provides the constitutional framework for the practice of eminent domain, detailing, “nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” The controversial Kelo v. City of New London Supreme Court case in 2005 determined that seizing a property to be developed and generate increase tax revenue fell under the definition of “public use.” Thus, the Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of using eminent domain to transfer property to private developers.   

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Reps. Goodlatte and Conyers Introduce Bill to Increase Accountability in U.S. Copyright Office
Monday, March 27, 2017 2:42 pm | By Elizabeth McKee

Representatives Bob Goodlatte and John Conyers introduced a bill in the House of Representatives today that would increase transparency and Congressional oversight in the U.S. Copyright Office. The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act would change the selection process for the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, requiring that the Register of Copyrights be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The term of limits for the Register would be limited to 10 years, with the possibility of renewal by the president. 

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