Oct 4, 2023

What To Expect In The Supreme Court’s New Term

Regulatory power, free speech, gun rights, and electoral maps are up next.
What To Expect In The Supreme Court’s New Term

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Written by Hudson Crozier

What to know: The Supreme Court began a new term Monday and has agreed to hear several politically charged cases. It will likely rule on most of them by next year.

Why it matters: With its 6-3 conservative majority, the court has a record of ruling in favor of the right on similar constitutional issues.

  • Free speech: In two consolidated cases, Texas and Florida will defend laws allowing social media users to sue platforms for censoring their online speech. The court will likely also take Missouri v. Biden, which objects to the administration's role in social media censorship.
  • Executive power: Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo challenges a precedent that gives federal agencies the final say on how to interpret the laws they enforce. This could greatly limit regulations in a number of policy areas.
  • The Second Amendment: In United States v. Rahimi, justices will decide whether or not people can own firearms if they are under a restraining order for domestic violence.
  • Transgenderism in schools: After conflicting rulings from lower courts, some are hopeful the Supreme Court will address the issue of teachers “socially transitioning” students who identify as transgender without parental consent.

More: The court will also hear a lawsuit alleging that South Carolina’s conservative legislature intentionally drew racially discriminatory electoral maps. Justices ruled against Alabama in a similar dispute in June. The court is also likely to weigh in on access to the abortion drug mifepristone since it blocked a lower court ruling earlier this year.

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