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NCSL Transportation Leaders Roll Up to D.C.

On July 10 and 11, a bipartisan group of state legislative transportation leaders and legislative staff were in Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress and the administration to urge action on surface transportation funding.

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California Recount Is an Expensive Proposition

The rules governing recounts rarely generate mass attention—unless a major recount is underway, asis the case now in California.

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Category: Elections
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Tough Task to Challenge Mississippi’s Primary

The loser in this month’s Mississippi primary runoff for a U.S. Senate seat, state Senator Chris McDaniel (R), intends to challenge the June 2 primary runoff in Mississippi won by his opponent, Senator Thad Cochran (R).

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Category: Elections
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Do Buffer Zones Survive After McCullen?

In a unanimous opinion in McCullen v. Coakley, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a Massachusetts statute making it a crime to stand on a public road or sidewalk within 35 feet of an abortion clinic violates the First Amendment. 

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Workforce Update Passes House, Sent to President

On July 9, the U.S. House passed H.R. 803 (the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, or WIOA) in an overwhelming, bipartisan vote of 415-6. On June 25, the Senate approved the measure by a 95-3 vote.

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Missouri Fields Most Primary Ballot Measures

What do farms, guns, lotteries, electronic data and sales tax all have in common? All five will appear on Missouri’s statewide primary ballots, Aug. 5, as ballot measures.

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Category: Elections
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Court Sides With Hobby Lobby in Contraception Case

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S Supreme Court held Monday that corporations cannot be required to provide contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act because to do so would violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act .

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State Capitol Lessons Helpful in D.C.

Did you know that nearly half of the 113th Congress once served in a state legislature? Having once worked as a staff member for the state Senate in Mississippi, I can see how the state legislature can prepare you for life on Capitol Hill. In fact, I believe Washington can take a couple of notes from the states.

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Category: Legislators
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EPA Sticks to Deadline and Releases Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards

It was almost a year ago today when President Obama stood in the blistering summer heat of Washington, D.C., to unveil his comprehensive Climate Action Plan. ​Today EPA stuck to the deadline and released the long-anticipated proposed carbon dioxide emission standards for existing power plants.

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Marketplace Fairness: A Year and Counting

On this day, exactly one year ago, the U.S. Senate acted to level the playing field for all retailers. Sixty-nine senators from both parties voted to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act, legislation that would allow states that enact the minimum simplifications contained in the act the authority to enforce their sales tax laws, and sent it to the House of Representatives for consideration . . . and there it remains.

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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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