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Mass. Senator Moore Testifies Against Curtailing Chemical Regulation

Senator Michael Moore (D-Mass.) braved the dreary D.C. weather Tuesday morning to support state authority during his testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Chairman John Shimkus’ (R-Ill.) proposed Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA).

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Getting the Balance Right on Rooftop Solar

Net metering is a hot topic this year. State lawmakers, utility officials and renewable energy advocates are discussing how small-scale renewable energy generation is both challenging and changing the face of the electricity market.

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What Can We Expect From Congress For the Rest of 2014?

Across the country, state legislators are wrapping up productive sessions where they debated key issues, passed thousands of bills, and approved balanced budgets. Yet, in Washington, a lot remains on the table.

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Pat Downs, Protocol and Standard Operating Procedures: NCSL Staff’s Day With TSA

We have all heard the stories about individuals at airports being “searched” in an inappropriate manner at the security checkpoint or taken into a back room and detained for an exorbitant amount of time. Does this actually happen?

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Time to Rewrite Outdated Traffic Laws?

In the case of Heien v. North Carolina, a police officer pulled over a car because he thought that North Carolina law required that motor vehicles have two working brake lights.  It turns out the officer was wrong. 

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Supreme Court OKs Traffic Stops Based on Anonymous Tip

Does an anonymous, unverified tip of dangerous driving justify a traffic stop? Yes, says a divided Supreme Court.

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Supreme Court Backs Michigan Vote to Prohibit Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court held 6-2 that voters may prohibit affirmative action in public universities' admission decisions in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.

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Are Americans Making a Transportation Shift? Maybe, Maybe Not

Scarcely a week seems to pass without a  new study or news story heralding a huge shift in how Americans are travelling. The number of miles each person drives annually has fallen each year since 2005. Americans took more than 10 billion trips by public transportation in 2013, the most since 1956. Since 2000, the number of regular bike commuters in the U.S. has risen by 61 percent. Zero-vehicle households are on the rise.

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New Hampshire House Speaker Terie Norelli Not Seeking Re-election

After 18 years in the New Hampshire House, including three terms as speaker, Terie Norelli announced  Monday that she would not seek re-election in 2014.

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ACA Outreach and Enrollment: It's Not All on the States

In the run-up to the March 31 open enrollment deadline, many states, the federal government, nonprofits, and others were on a mission: educate Americans about new health coverage options and help the eligible sign up for coverage. Although we’re still awaiting final enrollment numbers, it is safe to say that enrollment experiences have varied significantly across states—regardless of who is running the health insurance exchange.

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