Monthly Archives: July 2006

State Rights? Check the Database on Congressional Preemption of State Laws and Regulations.

The Committee on Government Reform Minority Office hosts a database of legislation proposed by the House or Senate that would preempt state laws and regulations. The database includes legislation passed by the House and Senate since 2001. The database was created at the request of Henry Waxman, a Democratic Congressman from California.

HeinOnline

Want to view and print legal documents as they originally appeared in hard copy? HeinOnline is a searchable database that provides exact images of the original documents. The database includes law reviews, legal periodicals, the Federal Register (vols 1-70, 1936-current), U.S. Reports (1754-2002), U.S. Reports Slip Opinions (2002-current), treaty collections, the Phillip C. Jessup Library, U.S. Attorney General opinions, U.S. presidential documents, U.S. Statutes at Large, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, and sources of compiled legislative histories for major federal laws.

Tracking the Presidential Veto Power

Presidential Vetoes (1789 to Present)
The Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives has a web site charting all presidential vetoes from 1789 to the present. The chart lists each type of veto a president has made, and whether or not a veto was overridden.
There are two types of vetoes. The one we most often hear about is the “regular veto,” which requires each House of Congress to get two-thirds of its members to vote for an override. The other type of veto is called a “pocket veto, ” and can not be overridden. The pocket veto becomes effective when the President fails to sign a bill after Congress has adjourned.
Guess who had the most vetoes of any president? Franklin D. Roosevelt!

What’s In Your Gas Tank?

The more fuel your vehicle burns the more greenhouse gases it emits, and even a small, extremely fuel efficient vehicle will still emit several tons of greenhouse gases, namely carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane, in one year. According to www.fueleconomy.gov, in one year a 2004 VW Beetle with a 5-speed manual transmission will emit 7.2 tons; a 2004 Chevy Blazer automatic with 4WD will send out 11.5 tons, and a hybrid like a 2005 Toyota Prius will emit 3.5 tons of these gases.
In addition to greenhouse gas emissions, fueleconomy.gov has info about hybrid cars, gas mileage tips, air pollution ratings, and safety information for new and used cars.

Romeo and Juliet.gov

The U.S. Census put together a webpage of fun statistics about Valentine’s Day: Nebraska and Texas are the two states in the union that have towns called “Valentine”, and you can find the town of “Romeo” in both Colorado and Michigan. Interestingly enough, even though there are 3,961 candy stores in the U.S., this country annually imports more than $420 million of chocolate from Canada.