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S.C. Intellectual Disability Ruling May Require Laws to be Rewritten

Every term, without fail, the U.S. Supreme Court issues at least one opinion that will require some state legislatures to rewrite statutes.

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Category: Public Policy
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Campaign False Statement Law Will Have its day in Court

During the 2010 election cycle the Susan B. Anthony List intended to run a billboard criticizing then-U.S. Representative Steve Driehaus for supporting taxpayer-funded abortion by voting in favor of the Affordable Care Act. Driehaus filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission claiming that SBA violated Ohio’s “false statements” statute that prevents making a false statement concerning the voting record of a candidate.

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Longtime Penn. Lawmaker Nicholas Micozzie To Retire

Longtime Pennsylvania State Representative Nicholas Micozzie is retiring after 36 years in office and 44 years of public service.

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Will Statutes of Repose Make a Comeback?

This Supreme Court term it was slim pickings for preemption cases. CTS Corp. v. Waldburger is one of just two preemption cases this term.  While it is a victory for state legislatures and preemption, it is probably a Pyrrhic one. 

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June 13 Webinar: An Introduction to Food Safety

More than 200 diseases are spread through food. From sidewalk vendors to Michelin-star restaurants, no one is immune to the considerable discomfort, pain, and even death that can come from a food-borne disease.

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Elections Technology CliffsNotes

We had the chance to go to a cool event in Denver last week. Academics, administrators and voting system testing experts (the techies that make sure our voting machines are working as they should) gathered. We, from NCSL, were a bit out of our element—or so we initially thought. 

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Category: Elections
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2014 Child Support and Family Enactments (So Far!)

With over 800 bills introduced in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, child support and family law remained a topic of conversation in legislatures across the country.

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Racial or Partisan Gerrymandering: Supreme Court to Decide

In Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama and Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether Alabama’s redistricting plan violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause by intentionally packing black voters into districts already containing a majority of black voters. 

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State Capitol Lessons Helpful in D.C.

Did you know that nearly half of the 113th Congress once served in a state legislature? Having once worked as a staff member for the state Senate in Mississippi, I can see how the state legislature can prepare you for life on Capitol Hill. In fact, I believe Washington can take a couple of notes from the states.

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Category: Legislators
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2013 State by State Data on Child Support Collections

Each year, the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) releases a report detailing information about financial and statistical program achievement, compiled from status reports submitted by states and tribes.

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