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Utah Legislators' Email Available Online

This week, Utah lawmakers began posting their email correspondence for anyone to see on the legislature’s website. An online repository was created for the emails, after S.B. 94, sponsored by Senator Curt Bramble was enacted last year.

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Category: Legislators
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The State and Local Legal Center typically files Supreme Court briefs which argue that federal law shouldn’t apply. If the court disagrees with the center, generally state law will be preempted or declared unconstitutional. In Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States the center takes the unusual position that federal law should apply. But this isn’t your usual case.   

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Category: Public Policy
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SoS and Elections - A Mixed Bag of Responsibilities

Over the past few years, secretaries of state have regularly made national news for elections-related moves.

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Category: Elections
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Resigning to Preserve Majority Won't Work in all States

Colorado state Senator Evie Hudak avoided losing her seat in May, when petitioners suspended the recall campaign they’d launched against her. But she wasn’t as fortunate this fall. Hudak resigned in November in the face of a new recall push, making her the third Colorado Democrat to lose a Senate seat to recall efforts this year.

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Learning the Lessons of Gettysburg

A recent leadership development program that NCSL staged for legislative leaders at the battlefield in Gettysburg, Penn.,  was perhaps the most impressive program that I’ve seen.

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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Any one of these is a bad sign: a unanimous opinion, a short opinion, and an opinion early in the Supreme Court’s term. But all three at once means you probably never stood a chance.

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Transportation: Getting From Here to There

When people decide how to get from Point A to Point B, they take all kinds of things into account. What’s the weather like? Am I late? Will the car start? Is there traffic? What time is Billy’s soccer practice again? Do I have my transit pass?

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Legislative Leaders Hear About Persuasion, Economy, Values

Legislative leaders from around the country heard presentations on persuasion, leadership, values and more during NCSL's recent special workshop in Tucson, Ariz.
 

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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 Database Tracks Child Care, Early Education Bills

The Early Care and Education legislative tracking database tracks and updates early care and education legislation from the 2008-2013 legislative sessions for 50 states and the territories.

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NCSL staff volunteered at last Friday at a local nonprofit in Colorado during its Santa Workshop and distributed holiday gifts to families in need.

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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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