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Supreme Court: No Pay for Undergoing Security Screenings

In a unanimous opinion in Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require hourly employees to be paid for the time they spend waiting to undergo and undergoing security screenings.

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Category: Public Policy
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Economist Christopher Thornberg Upbeat About Economy at NCSL Seminar

Economist Christopher Thornberg, founding partner of Beacon Economics, presented an optimistic outlook for the United States’ economy at the NCSL Fiscal Leaders Seminar last month in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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It's Not Just About a Confederate Flag License Plate

In Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board rejected the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ application for a specialty license plate featuring images of the Confederate Flag.

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Elections Advice: Partner Up for Better Balloting

Legislators are not alone in the quest to improve elections, panelists said during a discussion at last week's NCSL Forum in Washington, D.C., that focused on partnerships between lawmakers, secretaries of state, and local and state elections officials.

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Category: Ethics
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Prekindergarten Just Got a Boost in Many States

Many state legislatures continue to focus on developing and funding expansion in state prekindergarten programs to support children’s readiness for school. This topic will be one to watch in 2015.

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New Member Advice from 'Sophomores' to 'Freshmen'

Stay involved with your community. Lean on your staff. Everyone in the building is a potential ally at some time. Partner up.

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First (and Only?) Environmental Supreme Court Case This Term Is a Big One

Three consolidated cases before the U.S. Supreme Court challenge a 2012 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation intended to limit mercury and other emissions from mostly coal-fired power plants. 

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Signs, Signs, Everywhere (the Same?) Signs

Rarely does a U.S. Supreme Court case affect something that anyone might do on any given day. If you have ever put up or even read a temporary sign, Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona may affect you.

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NCSL Education Study Group Returns From China With Observations, Questions

The NCSL Study Group on International Education departed China over the weekend. It has been an enlightening week in Shanghai and Beijing, meeting with Chinese and U.S. officials and visiting schools.

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NCSL Study Group Hears How China's Culture, History Affects Education

The NCSL Study Tour moved from Shanghai to Beijing to discover how Chinese history and culture impacts the country's educational system.

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