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Supreme Court Takes Pragmatic Approach to Greenhouse Gases Case

Justice Antonin Scalia is known more for his keen wit and sense of humor, his vivid and sometimes caustic opinions, and his unapologetic originalism than his pragmatism. 

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Issues Linger in Decision Protecting Public Employees' Testimony

The Supreme Court held unanimously that the First Amendment protects a public employee who provides truthful sworn testimony, compelled by a subpoena, outside the course of his or her ordinary responsibilities.

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Paid to Wait? Supreme Court to Decide

Amicus briefs argue the sky is falling. More specifically, amicus briefs often argue that a case is going to lead to a lot more litigation and cost someone a lot of money.

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Laying the Groundwork for a Constitutional Convention

A group of state legislators is endeavoring to lay the foundation and ground rules to be used if a Constitutional Convention is called.

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States and Tribes Coming Together to Explore Radioactive Waste Cleanup

More than 80 members from NCSL’s Nuclear Legislative Working Group, the State and Tribal Government Working Group and the National Governors Association’s Federal Facilities Task Force participated in the meeting, which included special tours of the Santa Clara Pueblo and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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Can Small Modular Nuclear Reactors Transform the Industry?

The development of small modular reactors (SMRs) offers the potential to mitigate such industry challenges as an aging reactor fleet, rising construction and maintenance costs, safety concerns, the lack of a national radioactive waste storage site and increasing pressure from low-cost natural gas and has inspired renewed interest in the nuclear industry.  

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S.C. Intellectual Disability Ruling May Require Laws to be Rewritten

Every term, without fail, the U.S. Supreme Court issues at least one opinion that will require some state legislatures to rewrite statutes.

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Campaign False Statement Law Will Have its day in Court

During the 2010 election cycle the Susan B. Anthony List intended to run a billboard criticizing then-U.S. Representative Steve Driehaus for supporting taxpayer-funded abortion by voting in favor of the Affordable Care Act. Driehaus filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission claiming that SBA violated Ohio’s “false statements” statute that prevents making a false statement concerning the voting record of a candidate.

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Longtime Penn. Lawmaker Nicholas Micozzie To Retire

Longtime Pennsylvania State Representative Nicholas Micozzie is retiring after 36 years in office and 44 years of public service.

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Will Statutes of Repose Make a Comeback?

This Supreme Court term it was slim pickings for preemption cases. CTS Corp. v. Waldburger is one of just two preemption cases this term.  While it is a victory for state legislatures and preemption, it is probably a Pyrrhic one. 

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