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New Report Examines Updates to Compounding Pharmacy Law

In the wake of a 2012-2013 national outbreak of meningitis linked to contaminated compounded medicine, state lawmakers are taking a close look at the systems and standards needed to protect patients.

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How States are Faring With FY 2015 Budget Plans

With the new fiscal year about to begin in just 25 days, 37 states have enacted FY 2015 budgets, 16 of which are part of two-year budgets that state legislatures enacted during the 2013 legislative session.

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What Does the Appropriations Process Have to do With the White Potato?

While Congressional rules frown upon legislating on appropriations bills, the practice is a time-honored tradition. This is especially the case when members of Congress disagree with regulations issued by the executive branch. Consider discussions in the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committee on the white potato.

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Maryland Suit Claims Voting System Unfair to People With Disabilities

A Maryland lawsuit has drawn attention to the challenge of ensuring each person has privacy and independence during voting.

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NCSL's Child Welfare Legislative Policy Network Newsletter Now Available

Research on mandatory reporting of child abuse, including up-to-date legislation, is only one of the areas covered by the most recent issue of the the Child Welfare Legislative Policy Network Newsletter, a monthly publication of NCSL's Child Welfare Project.

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EPA Sticks to Deadline and Releases Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards

It was almost a year ago today when President Obama stood in the blistering summer heat of Washington, D.C., to unveil his comprehensive Climate Action Plan. ‚ÄčToday EPA stuck to the deadline and released the long-anticipated proposed carbon dioxide emission standards for existing power plants.

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Active Supervision: Not Just for Kids but State Agencies Too?

Many states have hundreds of boards and commissions, some of which regulate professions common to obscure, e.g. private detective, private alarm, private security, fingerprint vendor, locksmith board.

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Unqualified Decisions in Qualified Immunity Cases

The Supreme Court resolves circuit splits (where federal circuit courts of appeals have decided the same issue differently) and isn’t an error-correcting Court. But you would never know that if you looked just at the Court’s two unanimous qualified immunity cases decided this week.

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40th Anniversary: Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

The nation's first case of child abuse was criminally prosecuted in what became known as the Mary Ellen case in 1874. By the mid 1960s, 49 states passed child abuse reporting laws. A century after that case, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) was enacted in 1974 and marks its 40th anniversary this year.

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New Study Boosts Public-Private Partnerships for Transportation

A comprehensive, recently-released study by the nonpartisan think-tank Eno Center for Transportation entitled "Partnership Financing: Improving Transportation Infrastructure Through Public Private Partnerships,"  makes several useful recommendations for those states and localities that may want to explore the possibility of adding public-private partnerships (P3s) to their infrastructure financing tool box.

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