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No Summer Recess for Infrastructure

With only two weeks left until Washington, D.C., hits its annual summer recess, we saw a pair of announcements from the administration last week that struck a common theme: infrastructure.

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Supreme Court Didn't Overrule Collective Bargaining Precedent

Supreme Court cases are usually known for what they hold. Harris v. Quinn will forever be known for what it did not hold. 

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NCSL Military Task Force Travels to Alaska

Alaska's size, climate, wildlife, and rugged beauty make the “Last Frontier” not only a spectacular tourist destination, but a place that residents are proud to call home. And if all that weren't enough, the state is also remarkable from a military perspective.

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Senator Klobuchar Moves Human Trafficking Legislation

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), a featured plenary session speaker at NCSL's Legislative Summit, has spearheaded an effort to combat human trafficking in the United States Senate.

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UberX and Lyft Disrupt Transportation Status Quo

With the advent of UberX and Lyft, hailing a ride has never been easier. On the regulatory side, however, things are increasingly hazy as these services increasingly disrupt the transportation status quo in the U.S. and around the world.

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Three Branch Institute Meets to Discuss Childrens Wellbeing

Children's wellbeing across a broad range of issues were in the spotlight when NCSL’s Children and Families Program, Child Welfare Project participated in the 2014 Three Branch Institute meeting in Milwaukee, Wisc.

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Hobby Lobby Birth Control Mandate Case Also a Land Use Case?

The Supreme Court's ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), as applied to closely held corporations, may also have a significant impact on land use regulation.

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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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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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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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