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Time to Rewrite Outdated Traffic Laws?

In the case of Heien v. North Carolina, a police officer pulled over a car because he thought that North Carolina law required that motor vehicles have two working brake lights.  It turns out the officer was wrong. 

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Supreme Court OKs Traffic Stops Based on Anonymous Tip

Does an anonymous, unverified tip of dangerous driving justify a traffic stop? Yes, says a divided Supreme Court.

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Supreme Court Backs Michigan Vote to Prohibit Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court held 6-2 that voters may prohibit affirmative action in public universities' admission decisions in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.

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Each year the Legislative Research Librarians (LRL) staff section of NCSL sponsors the Notable Documents Awards competition for state and legislative documents. The deadline for submissions for the 2014 awards is Monday, June 2.

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Are Americans Making a Transportation Shift? Maybe, Maybe Not

Scarcely a week seems to pass without a  new study or news story heralding a huge shift in how Americans are travelling. The number of miles each person drives annually has fallen each year since 2005. Americans took more than 10 billion trips by public transportation in 2013, the most since 1956. Since 2000, the number of regular bike commuters in the U.S. has risen by 61 percent. Zero-vehicle households are on the rise.

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The Legislative Summit in Minneapolis is coming up in August, and I hope you plan to attend. NCSL is the only organization that gives legislative staff a strong voice and many opportunities to grow professionally and connect with colleagues across the country.

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NCSL President Bruce Starr's Message to Legislators

At NCSL, we keep our eye on Congress every day.  Our staff in Washington, D.C., is on the hill to fight for the goals we all share--no unfunded mandates and preemptions, and the preservation of our states’ authority. But we depend on you.

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New Hampshire House Speaker Terie Norelli Not Seeking Re-election

After 18 years in the New Hampshire House, including three terms as speaker, Terie Norelli announced  Monday that she would not seek re-election in 2014.

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ACA Outreach and Enrollment: It's Not All on the States

In the run-up to the March 31 open enrollment deadline, many states, the federal government, nonprofits, and others were on a mission: educate Americans about new health coverage options and help the eligible sign up for coverage. Although we’re still awaiting final enrollment numbers, it is safe to say that enrollment experiences have varied significantly across states—regardless of who is running the health insurance exchange.

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Bill Behnk, Legislative Computer Pioneer, Has Died

Bill Behnk, former Coordinator of Legislative Information Systems for the Office of Legislative Counsel in California, and a longtime member and enthusiastic supporter of NCSL and the National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT), died April 8. He was 87.

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