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SCOTUS Hears First Transgender Civil Rights Case

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that could potentially determine the employment rights of transgender individuals. The case, R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), is the first transgender civil rights case to be heard by the court.

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Supreme Court to Decide Louisiana Abortion Case

The issue the Supreme Court will decide in June Medical Services LLC v. Gee is whether Louisiana’s law requiring physicians performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital conflicts with Supreme Court precedent.

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Pay for Play for College Athletes?

College athletes earn billions of dollars annually for their schools, television networks, apparel companies and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Should those student-athletes get a share of that revenue, in addition to the scholarships which pay for their education?

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Category: Education
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Defining 'Personal Use' in Campaign Finance Laws

Federal campaign laws prohibit using campaign funds for “personal use,” and the “irrespective test” is used to distinguish between campaign/officeholder expenses and personal expenses. If the expense would exist irrespective of the person’s role as a candidate or elected official, then campaign funds cannot be used.

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Category: Elections
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Policy, Sustaining Momentum Tackled at Final Occupational Licensing Meeting

How state licensing regulatory structures differ, the unintended consequences of licensing reform and how to sustain efforts as the Occupational Licensing Consortium wraps up were just some of the points of discussion during the third and final annual Multi-State Occupational Licensing Learning Consortium Meeting.

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DOE Announces $15 Million Grant Program for Tribal Energy

Energy is more than heat, light and electricity. It means opportunity, self-determination and self-sufficiency, Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes told the closing session of the National Tribal Energy Summit sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Indian Energy, in coordination with NCSL.

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Medicaid Innovation, Opportunities Highlighted at Legislative Summit Session

Medicaid continues to consume a significant portion of state budgets, challenging state policymakers to anticipate and control costs. NCSL facilitated an engaging discussion on Medicaid innovations at the Legislative Summit in Nashville, Tenn.

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Category: Health
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What’s New From Children and Families? September 2019

NCSL’s Children and Families program covers many human services issues, including child support and family law, child welfare, early care and education, family economic security, housing and homelessness.

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Older Adult Falls: A Growing Health Concern

Preventing elderly falls has become increasingly important as the prevalence of fall-related injuries and fatalities grows. Between 2000 and 2016, the total number of deaths from falls among adults aged 75 and older nearly tripled from 8,613 to 25,189.

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Category: Health
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Tribes Urged to Focus on Gig Economy at Energy Summit

The gig economy, in which short-term workers perform contracted tasks organized through an online platform, can be a key instrument in developing self-determination and developing tribal economies.

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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.