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NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee has analyzed the federal FY 2014 budget and how it will affect programs related to agriculture, energy, environment and transportation issues.

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How the West Virginia Chemical Spill May Push Reform Legislation

The recent chemical spill and resulting water crisis in West Virginia that left 300,000 residents without potable water is likely to push the federal government to reform the regulation of toxic chemicals.

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NCSL Putting Together MAP-21 Workgroup

Given the state impact of MAP-21 and its successor, NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure (NRI) Committee is putting together a  MAP-21 working group.

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The State-Federal Outlook for 2014

Yes, final agreement on the fiscal year (FY) 2014 appropriations has been reached and states have some fiscal certainty from the federal government, for the moment. But what else can states expect to see from D.C. in the new year?

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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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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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State Lawmakers Head to Capitol Hill

The Marketplace Fairness Act, fiscal uncertainty faced by states, unfunded federal mandates and tax reform were among the issues up for discussion Wednesday as more than 200 state legislators from 41 states met with congressional leadership and 150 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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State impacts of McCutcheon vs. FEC

The Supreme Court is hearing the federal campaign finance case McCutcheon vs. FEC, which could have significant ramifications for states.

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In a 5-4 decision on Monday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that when officers make an arrest for a serious offense based on probable cause and...

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New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D) speaks with former Mississippi Governor and RNC Chairman Haley Barbour State legislative leaders ...

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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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