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Sales Tax Revenues Expected to Jingle Into the New Year

The holiday season is upon us, which means that states can expect their tax revenues to jingle nicely in their pockets as they ring in the New Year.

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Primary Format Won't Deter Extreme Politics

Whether your state has an open primary, closed primary or nominates the best two candidates from all parties on a single ballot, extreme politics are not going away, panelists said during a session at NCSL’s Forum last week.

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Supreme Court: No Pay for Undergoing Security Screenings

In a unanimous opinion in Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require hourly employees to be paid for the time they spend waiting to undergo and undergoing security screenings.

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Economist Christopher Thornberg Upbeat About Economy at NCSL Seminar

Economist Christopher Thornberg, founding partner of Beacon Economics, presented an optimistic outlook for the United States’ economy at the NCSL Fiscal Leaders Seminar last month in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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It's Not Just About a Confederate Flag License Plate

In Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board rejected the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ application for a specialty license plate featuring images of the Confederate Flag.

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Prekindergarten Just Got a Boost in Many States

Many state legislatures continue to focus on developing and funding expansion in state prekindergarten programs to support children’s readiness for school. This topic will be one to watch in 2015.

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Limiting the Parental Rights of Sexual Assault Perpetrators

Between 17,000 and 32,000 rape-related pregnancies occur in the United States each year, according to multiple sources.

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First (and Only?) Environmental Supreme Court Case This Term Is a Big One

Three consolidated cases before the U.S. Supreme Court challenge a 2012 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation intended to limit mercury and other emissions from mostly coal-fired power plants. 

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Does the Americans With Disabilities Act Apply to Arrests?

The Fourth Amendment applies to arrests, no question about it. What about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

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Early Care and Education Final 2014 Update

As we start the wind down of 2014 we finish up the year with our final quarterly Early Care and Education e-update.

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