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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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New Study Offers Ideas on Appealing to Small Businesses

Online services marketplace Thumbtack recently published the results of their 2014 Small Business Friendliness Survey, conducted in conjunction with the Kauffman Foundation.

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Is the Highway Trust Fund Road Kill?

The issue at hand is the precarious state of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), which is, by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s own admission, facing the possibility of dropping below the threshold of certainty for state reimbursements by August.

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Utah Welcomes Western State Fiscal Leaders

Dozens of legislators and legislative staff members gathered in Park City, Utah late last week for NCSL’s inaugural Western States Fiscal Leaders Meeting. Attendees from 14 Western states met for a day and a half to learn from policy experts and each other as they prepare to confront pressing fiscal issues in next year’s legislative sessions.

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California Takes Lead in Legalizing Bitcoin

California is the first state to enact legislation regarding digital and virtual currencies such as Amazon Coins, Bitcoin, Dogecoin, Starbuck Stars and Peercoin.

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Education Chairs Gather to Tackle Tough Issues

Earlier this month, 26 leaders of state legislative education committees from 21 states met for two and a half days at NCSL’s annual Education Chairs Workshop to study, learn and engage with each other on some of the top education issues facing their states. 

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Happy New Fiscal Year!

While the rest of us can clean up after last night’s parties, lawmakers in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are waiting to see what gubernatorial action will be taken on their state’s respective budgets for fiscal year (FY) 2015.

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