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A Supreme Court Term of Recurring Themes

If you follow the Supreme Court’s docket, one theme from this term is unmistakable: patent cases. The court has taken at least five patent cases (out of less than 70).  But patents don’t worry the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC). Qualified immunity and protesters do. And the court has been immersed in both of these issues too. 

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Category: Public Policy
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Voter Law Changes in 2013: A Roundup

When it came to new election laws, 2013 was both remarkable and not-so-remarkable. 

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U.S. Supreme Court Docket … Closing Soon!

By the end of January, the U.S. Supreme Court will have filed its docket for the current term ending June 30. Here's a look at some of the big cases affecting the states.

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Category: Federalism
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Hawaii Celebrates 55th Annivesary of Statehood as Legislature Convenes

Hawaii celebrated its 55th anniversary of statehood by inviting hundreds of former legislators to attend Wednesday’s opening session of the Legislature.

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Category: Legislators
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Task Force Paints Grim Fiscal Picture

The State Budget Crisis Task Force, which has been examining state financial planning and reporting, released a report today that  paints a grim picture for states.

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Women Legislators, Leaders Stay at Status Quo

November’s election brought three new female legislators to the New Jersey Assembly—including Maria Rodriguez-Gregg, a Roller Derby-playing Republican from Marlton—but the total number of women serving in legislatures around the country has hardly changed from 2013.

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Category: Legislators
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2014 Federal Fiscal Primer

If members of Congress feel déjà vu as they return to the second session of the 113th Congress, it may have something to do with the ongoing need to address the nation’s finances.

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Category: Federalism
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Water, water everywhere, Nor any drop to drink

West Virginia’s legislative leaders did not think that the first couple of weeks of session would be upended by a declared state of emergency in the capital city Charleston because of a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply for over 300,000 people including the Capitol.

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NCSL's Early Learning Fellows Program Completes Another Successful Year

What is NCSL’s Early Learning Fellows program all about? It is the premier program created and hosted by NCSL's Early Care and Education project for the purpose of educating and discussing children’s issues ranging from birth through age eight with legislators and staff from around the country and territories.

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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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About the NCSL Blog

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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