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New Episode Emerges in Proof of Citizenship Serial

A new episode has just emerged in the long-running serial about whether a voter can be required to prove citizenship

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Category: Elections
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Connecticut Passes Second Increase in Two Years

Connecticut’s legislature approved an increase to the state’s minimum wage this week. Governor Daniel P. Malloy signed the measure into law Thursday night, March 27. 

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Category: Public Policy
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As the March 31 open enrollment deadline looms, some states are making a final push to sign people up for health insurance through health insurance marketplaces. 

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Category: Public Policy
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EPA Flows Forward with 'Waters of the U.S.' Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) along with the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have released the long-awaited Definition of “Waters of the U.S.” Under the Clean Water Act proposed draft rule. 

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Minimum Wage Getting Maximum Attention

Minimum wage is a hot issue in the 2014 legislative session, with 38 states and D.C. considering bills. To help track the action, NCSL is launching a new database on minimum wage legislation.

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Category: Public Policy
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NCSL President: Join Us At the Legislative Summit

Each summer, NCSL hosts the Legislative Summit, the largest gathering of legislators and staff in the country. We work across the aisle every day to solve problems in our own state, but the Summit gives us the opportunity to talk with Republicans, Democrats and staff from around the country, to really dig into the issues, get new ideas, hear about innovations and solutions, and learn about the hot issues on the horizon.

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Wisconsin Lawmakers Move to Standardize Early Voting

Last week the Wisconsin Senate passed a bill (SB 324) that would end early voting on evenings and weekends. SB 324 and its accompanying Assembly Bill 54 now go to Governor Scott Walker.

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The Sad Tale of Rails-to-Trails

The odds were against state and local government in the Brandt case for the most compelling reason possible: precedent (old, but pretty much on point) contradicted our position. 

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NCSL President Drives Home State Transportation Issues During D.C. Visit

Last week, NCSL President Senator Bruce Starr (R- Ore.) braved the unseasonably cold weather in Washington, D.C., for a whirlwind day of meetings focused on transportation infrastructure funding and financing. 

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Category: Public Policy
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U.S. House Judiciary Committee Takes Next Step on Marketplace Fairness Act

The 113th Congress is expected to pass less legislation than any other Congress in history. However, someone forgot to tell that to the sponsors of the Marketplace Fairness Act.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.

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