TASK: Students will research laws/statutes and hypothesize what the anticipated impact of the law is on the initiative presented. With an understanding of the law, based on the review of multiple sources, students will attempt to explain why the situation came out the way it did (what is the legal standard?), and/or predict what the outcome of the initiative will be. Students should subsequently be able to predict if the anticipated result help or hurt the surveyed person and should be able to hypothesize how facts could be changed to achieve a desired result.
To Complete the Task: Students are required to provide AT LEAST seven sources. Three of the seven sources must be primary sources (e.g. one legal statute and two cases explaining the statute or law as opposed to a scholarly publication or newspaper article). More sources are welcome and will make crafting the Part 4 easier. At least two (2) sources must reference the town or city which the project is based on the municipality specific sources may be primary (local ordinance or charter) or secondary (new paper article or municipal publication).
Research will be organized in a 1-2 page outline based on anticipated flow of the full case study
The Outline should be submitted as a paper outline, meaning that sources should be grouped along with simple notes explaining how the sources will be used. Format is liberal, but the outline should evidence both research and thought in organization of information flow.
TOWN OF RESEARCH : Sturbridge, Mass
TOPIC OF RESEARCH: (when looking at the file attached, this topic of research written directly below is my submission to part one)
For part one of this project, I chose to research tobacco laws and how they have recently changed- therefore affecting my hometown of Sturbridge, MA. Recently, these laws have changed, moving the legal purchasing age from 18 to 21. Some towns are following the rule of grandfathering in those who were already 18 before the law changed, but my hometown has opposed this exception. Although this change does not phase me in any way, there have been many complaints throughout my hometown, at my place of work (due to co-workers complaining) or simply just friends remarking negatively. Due to the increasing demand of e-cigs, and Juul pods more and more young people are affected by this change. It seems to be confusing for most people when some towns will grandfather younger people in, but their hometown will not (or even surrounding towns for that matter, but I will be focusing on Sturbridge for the remainder of this project.) Throughout this project, I hope to educate myself in hopes to further explain this reasoning to friends, family, and co-workers who are affected and confused by this restriction.
For this outline, you may reference the file attached for any further question
PLEASE INCLUDE sources used so I can later go back and read further into them for more research