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Lethal Injection: What May States Do When a Drug of Choice is Unavailable?

The answer is obvious: use another drug.  But is it constitutional?  That is what the Supreme Court will decide in the death penalty case Glossip v. Gross.  

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Child Care in America: Yesterday, Today and in the Future

A pair of recent reports highlight the overall costs associated with child care including child care provider wages over 25 years.

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Supreme Court Rules Prisons Must Allow Half-Inch Beards for Religious Reasons

To the casual U.S. Supreme Court watcher Holt v. Hobbs will probably be known and remembered more for John Oliver’s rendition of the oral argument featuring dogs posed as Supreme Court Justices rather than what the Court held.

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Must Police Officers Accomodate Mentally Ill Arrestees?

Twenty-five years after the Americans With Disabilities Act’s passage, the Supreme Court will decide whether it applies to police officers arresting a mentally ill suspect one who is armed and violent.

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States, CDC Eye Violence and Injury Protection Strategies

Violence and unintentional injuries—while largely preventable—kill more Americans in the first half of their lives than most diseases, including cancer, HIV and flu.

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States Reinvest in Juvenile Justice

Georgia, Hawaii and Kentucky followed successful adult sentencing and corrections reforms with recent laws to improve their juvenile justice systems.

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President Backs Off Plan to Tax 529 Investment Returns

College savings plans, commonly known as 529 plans, surged into the news recently when President Obama proposed, then retreated from, a plan to tax investment returns on new contributions.

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NCSL Has Your Answers on School Choice

Legislatures across the country are recognizing this week as National School Choice Week, recognizing the right of parents to select a school that best meets the needs of their child.

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Kaiser Study Highlights Growth in Medicaid Enrollment, Spending

A recent Kaiser Family Foundation report based on a recent survey of Medicaid directors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia provides an overview of Medicaid spending and enrollment growth for fiscal years 2014 and 2015.

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The Buzz on Bees: Policymakers Push to Protect Pollinators

Most people view bees as a nuisance, but these insects are directly responsible for many of the fruits, vegetables and nuts that reach our table.

 

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