Supreme Court issues decisions on voter identification and prices of generic drugs

The Supreme Court issued two decisions today that will effect voter identification at elections and the prices of generic drugs.

Constitution Daily reports that in the case of Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council, the Supreme Court sided with the federal government, deciding that Arizona’s evidence-of-citizenship requirement for voting is covered by the federal National Voter Registration Act. In the 7-2 majority decision, Justice Antonin Scalia said the Arizona’s voter-approved Proposition 200 interfered with the national “Motor Voter law,” in which applicant confirm that they are citizens, under penalty of perjury, by ticking a box and that being required to have identification at time of voting is unnecessary. 

In the second case, Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, the court decided 5-3 that “financial deals between drug makers that hold patents and potential generic competitors could be challenged in court—but one case at a time.” This decision is a partial victory for both parties.

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