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Supreme Court Campaign Finance Case Likely to Affect about a Dozen States

Earlier this week the Supreme Court struck down aggregate limits on individual contributions to candidates for federal office, political parties, and political action committees. McCutcheon v. FEC will likely impact the dozen or so states that place aggregate limits on individual campaign contributions to candidates for state office. 

 

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Nebraska, Georgia Join Online Registration Boom

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman on Monday signed into law LB 661 by Senator Bob Krist, the same day Georgia launched a state website that allows its residents to register online to vote.

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Category: Elections
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April State Legislatures Magazine Available Now

The April issue of State Legislatures is on its way to your mailbox, but you don't have to wait. It's available now in PDF format and online.

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Vermont: Haven for Indie-Pols

Democrats and Republicans have an overwhelming grip on most U.S. legislatures. Of the 535 voting members of the U.S. Congress, just two – Maine Senator Angus King and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (pictured) – are independents and zero identify primarily with a third party.

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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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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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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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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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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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