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Supreme Court Opinions? Already!

The U.S. Supreme Court’s term only began on Oct. 6 so it is a little early for the court to be issuing opinions except in the instance of per curiam, or unauthored, opinions where the court didn’t hear oral argument. 

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NCSL Study Group Travels to China to Examine Student Test Performances

This year NCSL created the Study Group on International Education, a bipartisan group of 24 legislators and six legislative staff. The group will meet to study with international and national experts to learn what the states can glean about education reform from high performing countries.

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Will the Supreme Court Hear a Same-Sex Marriage Case This Term?

Even though there was no disagreements among the federal circuit courts of appeals at the time, court watchers were shocked when the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari—essentially declined to hear the casein a series of cases striking down same-sex marriage bans.

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Sex Trafficking Law Has Major Implications for States

The federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act has major implications for states and requires several policy changes in the areas of child welfare and support.

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Tax Foundation Ranks State Business Tax Climate

Wyoming and South Dakota topped the rankings for states' business tax climate in the 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index released last week by the Tax Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.

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Supreme Court Accepts Obamacare Case

The U.S. Supreme Court's docket leaped from boring to big with the grant of just one case:  King v. Burwell

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Red, Blue and Hunter's Blaze Orange

While a Republican wave across state legislatures was determined by voters on Tuesday, there were varying outcomes for hunting ballot measures across the states.

 

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New NCSL Report Shows Early Care/Education Appropriations Up by $368 Million

Overall, state appropriations to early care and education increased 3.8 percent ($368.8 million).

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Quashing the Silos and Getting to Integrated Health Care

Federal and state governments as well as the private market are seeking ways to break down silos that hamper the delivery of high quality, efficient services.

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Veterans Day: A Time to Pause and Remember Those Who Served

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied Nations and Germany in the First World War.

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