Law, Legislation & Policy

Housed at Boston University School of Law, Dome is a valuable resource for news, analysis, and opinion on legislation and public policy. Dome is staffed by students of BU Law’s various legislation clinics. Dome features work contributed by staff members, scholars, practitioners, and law students interested in legislation and public policy.

Boston T Party: Using Transatlantic Policymaking to Push Free Public Transit in Massachusetts

By Jack Ford Mcdonald Morton
July 28th, 2022 in Local Legislation, State Legislation, Transportation.

If you've lived anywhere near the Boston metropolitan area in the past few months, you will no doubt have faced a barrage of discussion in the media and manifestos about the prospects of making the T (Boston's public transport system) free for all riders. Mayor Michelle Wu has headed up the... More

The Movement to Repeal a Colonial-Era Sodomy Law in Namibia

By Rose Collins
July 28th, 2022 in Africa, Analysis, Legislation Abroad.

Namibia, located in Southern Africa, is, in terms of public opinion, one of the most LGBTQ+ tolerant countries on the continent. However, sodomy is still criminalized under Roman-Dutch common law, discrimination of LGBTQ+ people is legal, and same-sex marriages are not recognized by the courts. While all of these issues... More

Voter Suppression Laws in the Wake of Democratic Control of the Presidency and Senate

By Amelia Melas
February 25th, 2022 in Analysis, Election Law, Federal Legislation, State Legislation.

Georgia gained national attention in the 2020 election when the predominantly red state broke its 24-year streak of voting for Republican candidates in U.S. Presidential Elections. It went on to make history in early 2021 when the electorate flipped the U.S. Senate and elected Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff... More

Archegos Capital Management and Family Office Regulation Reform

By Michael Murphy
February 25th, 2022 in Administrative Law, Analysis, Federal Legislation, Financial Law.

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY), who has been at the vanguard of the movement to eradicate preferential treatment for the rich, may soon score a win for that cause. In July 2021, the congresswoman introduced H.R. 4620, the Family Office Regulation Act of 2021. The bill, if enacted, would curb the... More

Decriminalize Everything? Oregon’s New Drug Laws

By Alexander Gatter
February 25th, 2022 in Analysis, Criminal Law, Health Law, State Legislation.

In November 2020, Oregon voters overwhelmingly decided to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of almost all hard drugs. Measure 110 went into effect on February 1, 2021. The legislation took a groundbreaking, albeit controversial step by reclassifying the possession of hard drugs. Offenses that were formally criminal misdemeanors, subjecting... More