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California, New York Forge Ahead with Voting Preclearance

One year after a Supreme Court ruling that struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act and allowed states to make changes to elections laws without first seeking federal approval, at least two states are looking to create their own systems of preclearance.

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Van Dyken-Rouen Injury Tragic Reminder of ATV Dangers

The tragic injury of six-time Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen was an uncomfortable reminder of the dangers posed by all-terrain vehicles.

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Wisconsin Elections: Decentralized Down to the Village Level

Wisconsin is a unique case study in elections administration because it is highly decentralized. Elections are run by 1,852 jurisdictions at the city, town and village level, rather than on the county level as in most other states.

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Category: NCSL, Elections
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NCSL Launches Elections Administration Research Database

NCSL has launched the Elections Administration Research Database, which brings together over 1,900 reports that, altogether, address a wide range of elections topics. It is supported by generous funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Supreme Court Takes Pragmatic Approach to Greenhouse Gases Case

Justice Antonin Scalia is known more for his keen wit and sense of humor, his vivid and sometimes caustic opinions, and his unapologetic originalism than his pragmatism. 

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Issues Linger in Decision Protecting Public Employees' Testimony

The Supreme Court held unanimously that the First Amendment protects a public employee who provides truthful sworn testimony, compelled by a subpoena, outside the course of his or her ordinary responsibilities.

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Paid to Wait? Supreme Court to Decide

Amicus briefs argue the sky is falling. More specifically, amicus briefs often argue that a case is going to lead to a lot more litigation and cost someone a lot of money.

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Laying the Groundwork for a Constitutional Convention

A group of state legislators is endeavoring to lay the foundation and ground rules to be used if a Constitutional Convention is called.

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States and Tribes Coming Together to Explore Radioactive Waste Cleanup

More than 80 members from NCSL’s Nuclear Legislative Working Group, the State and Tribal Government Working Group and the National Governors Association’s Federal Facilities Task Force participated in the meeting, which included special tours of the Santa Clara Pueblo and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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Can Small Modular Nuclear Reactors Transform the Industry?

The development of small modular reactors (SMRs) offers the potential to mitigate such industry challenges as an aging reactor fleet, rising construction and maintenance costs, safety concerns, the lack of a national radioactive waste storage site and increasing pressure from low-cost natural gas and has inspired renewed interest in the nuclear industry.  

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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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