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Mixed Signals in the Economy

Which way is the U.S. economy headed? Well, it depends which economic indicator you are looking at.

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Category: Public Policy
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09
It's Back-to-Session Time for Most State Lawmakers

As the new year gets under way, so do America’s state legislatures. This year, 46 legislatures will convene to discuss and examine a variety of topics.

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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States Gearing Up for UAS (Drone) Test Sites

The heavy lifting in the next phase of the nation’s nascent  unmanned aircraft (UAS/drone) industry will begin in earnest this summer at six UAS test sites. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chose the sites from among 25 applications, based on geographic and climatic diversity, ground infrastructure, aviation experience and the type of research each site would conduct.

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The Work-Share Option

Work-sharing programs, currently available in 26 states and the District of Columbia, allow employees to work reduced hours and collect a prorated payment from the state’s unemployment insurance (UI) fund. It’s an approach that allows employers to retain talent while cutting costs in tough economic times

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Let the Debate Begin: Extending Unemployment Benefits

In something of a surprise move, the U.S. Senate overcame a threatened filibuster over the extension of unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed.  The cloture vote passed the Senate with 60 votes on Tuesday, including approval by six Republican Senators.  Thirty-seven Senators voted “no” on the procedural question.

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Qualified immunity cases are never pretty because they always involve an allegation that a government official violated the law (and usually not just any law but the Constitution). Add the use of deadly force in a high speed chase and things go from bad to worse.

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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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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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