The California Office of the Attorney General joined the Attorneys General of 30 other states in urging the United States Supreme Court to hear the case of United States v. Morrison regarding the federal Violence Against Women Act. A federal appellate court earlier held that the law is unconstitutional because Congress exceeded its authority to regulate interstate commerce. In an amicus curiae brief, the Attorneys General urged the United States Supreme Court to reverse the appellate court ruling and uphold the constitutionality of this important federal law that was passed to address the widespread incidence of violence against women. On September 28, 1999, the United States Supreme Court agreed to decide this matter.
Women's Rights Handbook (1998), or
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Provides the general public with a basic understanding of the rights of women in California. The handbook describes both California and federal laws that deal with issues important to most women.