Mass Gatherings

A Kentucky church lost its bid for a temporary restraining order to block enforcement of Governor Andy Beshear’s executive orders prohibiting mass gatherings in response to the Covid-19 crisis. Maryville Baptist Church, which held in-person services on Easter in defiance of the restrictions, failed to prove it would suffer “permanent and irreparable injury” absent a restraining order, a federal court in the state ruled.

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E-Signing

A federal court in Arizona dismissed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to require the Secretary of State to allow, during the current pandemic, the electronic submission of signatures required to put certain proposals on the ballot for the November election. The court rules that the people of the state should make the decision about how to draw signature samples and whether to treat signatures obtained through an electronic system as valid, and such a decision should not be made “on the fly” as part of a temporary restraining order proceeding.

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Army Corps Urged to Block Private Border Wall Project

The director of a 100-acre butterfly refuge on the Rio Grande asked the Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday to shut down a conservative group’s border wall construction project on private land in South Texas, a day after a state judge ordered the project be immediately stopped.

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