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How do U.S. state laws requiring something from the past interact with U.S. state laws that legally change the past?

In the U.S., state laws can require that someone present some document or information in order to do something. This can be the current version of the thing, or a past version, or, potentially, even ...
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Can US state law ever conflict with federal law?

At the bank I was asked if my income would come from growing marijuana. The bank clerk said they ask this because it’s illegal on the federal level, even though legal in some states. How can something ...
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What are the most prominent differences among the common law systems of the different states in the U.S.A.?

I (tentatively?) understand that the law of contracts, the law of torts, the law of property, and (probably?) some other areas of law in the U.S.A. are mostly the common law of the separate states. ...
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Can federal courts overturn state court decisions on matters of state law?

If a state court rules, for example, that a particular state law is unconstitutional under the state constitution, can this decision be overturned by a federal court?
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Are there federal murder offenses that do not involve interstate activity in the United States?

When one commits the crime of murder in a single state of the United States, does he also violate a federal law against murder, or does it only become a federal crime if the murderer crosses state ...
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Can the federal government directly modify state law?

A recent comment inspired me to wonder whether the US federal government has the power to directly modify state law. State legislatures will often pass bills of the form "Section so-and-so of the ...
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Do any USA states require accepting US cash for payment of goods or services?

According to the United States Federal Reserve: There is no federal statute mandating that a private business, a person, or an organization must accept currency or coins as payment for goods or ...
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Can an attorney give legal advice on a federal issue to an out-of-state client?

Can a lawyer in one state give advice to a client in another state if only federal law is relevant?
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Could state legislatures override a statewide presidential election that had already taken place?

If the majority of a state's citizens voted for a particular Presidential candidate, could the state legislature override the people's decision after the statewide election?
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Could a state refuse to recognize corporations from another state?

If one state wanted to refuse to recognize the existence of corporations and LLCs from another state, could they legally/constitutionally? Suppose Maine did not want to recognize New Mexico ...
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