🧑‍⚖️ What's on tap in the new Supreme Court session 

The Supreme Court started its latest session, back in person, and it is being billed as one of the most important years. Here’s a rundown of why it could be so consequential, per CNN

  • School vouchers and religion: On Dec. 8, the Supreme Court will hear a case about school vouchers in Maine for families with no public school option. Some families choose religious options, but the state doesn’t allow every type of religious institution. If the Court continues its drift toward a greater emphasis on the freedom of religion, it will likely side with more flexibility for the vouchers.   

  • Abortion: Mississippi enacted a 15-week abortion ban, and the legal challenge against it will be heard on Dec. 1. The ban has already been batted down by lower courts but if SCOTUS sides with the law it will overturn Roe v. Wade. 

  • Concealed carry: New York has a law that requires people seeking an unrestricted license to carry to provide a specific reason for their need for self-defense. It has been upheld in federal courts. But 2nd Amendment activists believe it could lead to a reduction in the right to bear arms. The case will be heard on Nov. 3. 

  • A general theme: Justices have been saying in recent public appearances they aren’t partisan and merely have different legal philosophies. It’s highly unlikely the general public will be convinced in a major session like this one.