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Valuable Lessons From Tribal Energy Leaders

NTES provided state and tribal leaders alike an opportunity to sit together, connect and exchange ideas about tribal energy efforts, the impacts on economies, the strides and the possibilities. Experiencing firsthand capacity building in motion and real ways to better understand and honor tribal sovereignty—and each other—participants gained broader perspectives and opportunities to advance energy goals, hopefully with a more holistic view.

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Long-Awaited Updates to Lead and Copper Rule Released—What’s Proposed?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced long-awaited proposed updates to its Lead and Copper Rule (LCR).

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States, Not Feds, Should Oversee Sports Betting

Since the Supreme Court paved the way for legalized sports betting, 13 states actively operate legal sports betting marketplaces, while several other states have legalized sports wagering and plan to get their systems up and running soon.

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States Would Gain Significant Authority in New Drone Bill

U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced the Drone integration and Zoning Act of 2019, restarting a multi-year conversation on the exact role states should play in the deployment of unmanned aircraft, commonly called drones.

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 State Legislatures Magazine Takes Peek at World of Education 

It can feel like education officials just keep trying to reinvent the wheel. New curricula, new class sizes, new schedules, more choices, more testing, less testing. Yet the average test scores of our kids remain mediocre and keep slipping lower in international comparisons. 

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SEED Initiative Recognized During National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Approximately 56.7 million Americans live with a disability and a significant percentage of these individuals continue to have difficulty finding, securing and retaining employment, despite the unemployment rate hovering at a 50-year low.

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Policy Leaders Convene to Discuss Infectious Disease Consequences of the Opioid Crisis

States battling against opioid use disorder received welcome news in 2019, including preliminary data suggesting deaths by overdose related to opioids are finally leveling off.

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Supporting Military Spouses Through Occupational License Recognition

There are more than 630,000 military spouses in the United States. Compared to civilians, military spouses are 10 times more likely than other workers to have moved to a new state in the last year due to military relocation.

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 Court Upholds Net Neutrality But Says States Can Write Their Own Rules

The D.C. Circuit upheld most of the Federal Communications Commission’s 2018 order retreating from net neutrality. But the court struck down the portion of the order disallowing states and local governments from adopting measures preempting the order.

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Might SCOTUS Split on Sexual Orientation and Transgender Employment Discrimination Cases?

When the lines are long and the protesters loud, predicting the path the Supreme Court might take is a perilous practice. Especially if the justice who voted most in the majority last term—Justice Brett Kavanaugh—is nearly silent.

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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.