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Minnesota legislature moves quickly to keep online registration open

Minnesota’s online voter registration website never missed a beat last week thanks to the swift passage of a bill that defined the Legislature as the proper authority for setting state elections policy.

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Supreme Court Sides With Downwind States

Usually it is pretty clear whether a U.S. Supreme Court case is a winner or a loser for the states.  But in EPA v. EME Homer City Generation victory or defeat depends on what state you are from. 

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Our favorite information request last week came from a capitol tour guide: “Has any other capitol had problems with visitors wearing “bling” jeans and damaging the building?

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States Waiting for WIPP to be Back in Business

The future storage of radioactive materials from the nation’s cold-war nuclear weapons production program to an underground storage site in southeast New Mexico is on hold. States wait—and wonder when the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, will be back in business.

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How Does Your State Stack Up In Health Care Rankings?

Five states—Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Hawaii—are the nation’s pacesetters for access to health care, the quality of services and lowering costs, according to the Commonwealth Fund’s Scorecard on State Health System Performance.

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Mass. Senator Moore Testifies Against Curtailing Chemical Regulation

Senator Michael Moore (D-Mass.) braved the dreary D.C. weather Tuesday morning to support state authority during his testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Chairman John Shimkus’ (R-Ill.) proposed Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA).

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Happy 35th Anniversary, RACSS

You’ve probably noticed the 40th anniversary logo on NCSL’s website and read some of the stories in State Legislatures magazine about our history. But NCSL isn’t alone in celebrating an anniversary this year.

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What to Expect as an NCSL Early Learning Fellow in 2014

The NCSL Early Learning Fellows program is at it again. This year is the third round of the program and both the Fellows and NCSL Early Care and Education project staff are excited.

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What Can We Expect From Congress For the Rest of 2014?

Across the country, state legislators are wrapping up productive sessions where they debated key issues, passed thousands of bills, and approved balanced budgets. Yet, in Washington, a lot remains on the table.

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Pat Downs, Protocol and Standard Operating Procedures: NCSL Staff’s Day With TSA

We have all heard the stories about individuals at airports being “searched” in an inappropriate manner at the security checkpoint or taken into a back room and detained for an exorbitant amount of time. Does this actually happen?

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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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