"In 1790, the first Congress, which was packed with framers, required all ship owners to provide medical insurance for seamen; in 1798, Congress also required seamen to buy hospital insurance for themselves.In 1792, Congress enacted a law mandating that all able-bodied citizens obtain a firearm." One complaint about President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is that it forces uninsured people to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty -- an argument the Supreme Court will consider when it takes up challenges to the health-care law in oral arguments March 27 and 28.
There are certain exceptions, most notably homeschooling, but virtually all states have mandates for when children must begin school and how old they must be before dropping out.For example, in 2006 a French subsidiary of a US company was given a hefty fine for delivering certain highly technical documents and software interfaces to its employees in the English language only, and this was upheld by the appellate court.Another broad provision of the law is that it makes it mandatory for commercial advertisements and public announcements to be given in French.A judicial command, order, or precept, written or oral, from a court; a direction that a court has the authority to give and an individual is bound to obey. Chancellor Kent defines it to be when one undertakes, without recompense, to do some act for the other in respect to the thing bailed. A mandate might be issued upon the decision of an appeal, which directs that a particular action be taken, or upon a disposition made of a case by an inferior tribunal.