50th Anniversary of Medicare

LyndonJohnsonSigningMedicareBillJuly 30, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Medicare Act, a federally funded insurance program to provide low-cost medical and hospital care for America’s elderly.  Today over 55 million seniors, people with disabilities and low-income individuals are covered by Medicare. Here’s a short introductory list of electronic resources related to the act:

The official legislative history of the Medicare Act,  http://gavel.law.uga.edu/record=b176350

The official Medicare handbook, https://www.medicare.gov/pubs/pdf/10050.pdf

Johnson Presidential Campaign commercial (Medicare ad 1964)

Time Magazine April 16, 1965 report entitled “The New Welfare State” detailing the passage of the Medicare Act.

LBJ Presidential Library, Medicare and Medicaid Fact Sheet, http://www.lbjlibrary.org/assets/uploads/lbj/Medicare/LBJLibrary_Medicare_Factsheet.pdf

Government task force to curb Medicare fraud, https://www.stopmedicarefraud.gov/

From our eBook collection, The politics of policy change: welfare, Medicare, and social security reform in the United States, http://gavel.law.uga.edu/record=b1882937

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Google Translate

The Google Translate34502_large_Google_Translate_FP_Wide app has been updated to expand its “instant visual translation to 20 more languages (for a total of 27!), and making real-time voice translations a lot faster and smoother—so even more people can experience the world in their language.”

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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): 25th Anniversary

Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary LogoThis Sunday marked the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the world’s “first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities.” The law prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities and guarantees them “equal opportunity and access to the mainstream of American life.” Here’s a short introductory list of electronic resources related to the act.

The official legislative history of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Public Law 101-336: http://gavel.law.uga.edu/record=b1903244

The ADA Handbook http://askjan.org/media/adahandbook/PREAMBLE.html

For Veterans: ADA Rights for Returning Servicemembers with Disabilities http://www.ada.gov/servicemembers_adainfo.html

FAQs About Service Animals: http://www.ada.gov/regs2010/service_animal_qa.html

ADA Primer for State and Local Governments: http://www.ada.gov/regs2010/titleII_2010/title_ii_primer.html

ADA Enforcement: related cases and matters categorized by the title of the ADA under which the respondent is covered (e.g., Employment, Title I: State and Local Governments, Title II): http://www.ada.gov/enforce_current.htm

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Google Launches Updated Patent Search

patent“With Google Patents, you can search and read the full text of patent grants and applications from around the world. If you’re looking for prior art, you can use the integrated Prior Art Finder tool and Google Scholar documents to find patent and non-patent prior art, all in one interface.

You can still access the old Google Patents and the Prior Art Finder.”

You can read more about the new patent search here.

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4th of July Weekend – Library Hours of Operation

The Alexander Campbell King Law Library will be closed in observance of the Independence Day Holiday on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. Our hours of operation for the remainder of this week and Sunday are:

Wednesday, July 1: 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Thursday, July 2: 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Friday, July 3: CLOSED
Saturday, July 4: CLOSED
Sunday, July 5: 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm

For more library hours: http://www.law.uga.edu/library-hours-operation

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That’s a wrap: U.S. Supreme Court October Term 2014

Judges of the U.S. Supreme CourtThe U.S. Supreme Court issued its last three opinions on argued cases from OT14, this morning.

Glossip v. Gross (the challenge to Oklahoma’s lethal injection procedure): The Court decided that Oklahoma’s use of the sedative midazolam as part of its lethal injection protocol does not violate the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Analysis from the New York Times.

Michigan v. EPA (consideration of costs in enforcing the Clean Air Act): The Court decided that the EPA, in the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards rule, failed to consider the costs of pollution controls. Analysis from The Washington Post.

Arizona Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (whether Arizona voters can transfer power over federal congressional districting to an independent commission): The Court decided that the state of Arizona may use a commission to draw congressional districts. Analysis from Jurist.org.

Today’s and all the opinions from this term are posted at the Court’s website. Audio from today’s opinions will be loaded in a few weeks.

Reuters News has a visual wrap-up of the major cases decided this term and here is the official “Granted and Noted” list for October Term 2014, updated as of today.

Looking ahead to October Term 2015, five more cases were granted review today – here’s today’s list of orders – and the Court will issue the final orders of the current term tomorrow morning. Here’s the Court’s official “Granted and Noted” list, so far (check it again after tomorrow’s orders).

As of today, the Court is officially in recess until the first Monday in October at 10 o’clock.

We invite you to investigate the scholarship on these and other subjects emerging from the University of Georgia School of Law at our Digital Commons.

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Georgia Magistrate Court Rules Updated

aoc homeThe Administrative Office of the Courts, which publishes the rules of all classes of courts for the state of Georgia, has just published the updated Uniform Rules of the Magistrate Courts. The new rules are available on its website, along with rules 
for the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, and the Uniform Rules of the Superior, State, Juvenile, 
Probate, and Municipal Courts.

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