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The Certain Uncertainty of Voter ID

In life, nothing is certain except death and taxes. With voter ID, nothing is certain except court challenges and media attention.

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The most recent issue of NCSL’s Child Support Digest is available to view online.

 

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Category: Public Policy
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May 7: National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Today and throughout May, communities and youth across the nation celebrate two decades of steady decline in the nation’s teen pregnancy rate.

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Marketplace Fairness: A Year and Counting

On this day, exactly one year ago, the U.S. Senate acted to level the playing field for all retailers. Sixty-nine senators from both parties voted to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act, legislation that would allow states that enact the minimum simplifications contained in the act the authority to enforce their sales tax laws, and sent it to the House of Representatives for consideration . . . and there it remains.

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Maine Introduces Mid-Level Dental Providers to Increase Access to Care

Maine will join Alaska and Minnesota as the first states to have mid-level dental providers, similar to physician assistants and nurse practitioners in the medical field.

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Supreme Court Clarifies Legislative Prayer

Justice Anthony Kennedy is better known for his rhetorical flair that his practical guidance. But his 5-4 opinion Monday in Town of Greece v. Galloway provides a roadmap for how state legislatures and local governments can stay out of trouble when beginning sessions and board meetings with a prayer.

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Minnesota legislature moves quickly to keep online registration open

Minnesota’s online voter registration website never missed a beat last week thanks to the swift passage of a bill that defined the Legislature as the proper authority for setting state elections policy.

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Supreme Court Sides With Downwind States

Usually it is pretty clear whether a U.S. Supreme Court case is a winner or a loser for the states.  But in EPA v. EME Homer City Generation victory or defeat depends on what state you are from. 

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Our favorite information request last week came from a capitol tour guide: “Has any other capitol had problems with visitors wearing “bling” jeans and damaging the building?

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States Waiting for WIPP to be Back in Business

The future storage of radioactive materials from the nation’s cold-war nuclear weapons production program to an underground storage site in southeast New Mexico is on hold. States wait—and wonder when the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, will be back in business.

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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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