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Law and Criminal Justice

Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety

Law and Criminal JusticeNCSL's Standing Committee on Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety addresses underlying principles for a balanced state-federal system and takes policy positions to preserve state sovereignty and set a high standard for preemption of state laws. The committee's broad jurisdiction includes federalism and preemption issues, constitution and constitutional law, civil rights and liability issues and criminal justice. Policies of the Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee include the federalism policy that states the overall philosophy of NCSL with regard to American federalism, and includes sections on preemption, grant conditions and mandates, sovereign immunity and criminal jurisdiction within the purview of the states. Other policies include Civil Justice, Criminal Justice, Election Reform, Federalism, Homeland Security, and Immigration.

LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT SESSIONS

Image of NCSL's 2014 Legislative Summit - Minneapolis, MN - Aug. 19-22 Find links to session resources, such as presentations, bios, handouts, audio and video recordings from the 2014 Legislative Summit in Minneapolis.

 

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FEDERAL ACTIVITY

U.S. CapitolThe NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee represents state legislatures' interests to the federal government in various ways. These include submitting testimonies for committee hearings, writing letters on pending federal legislation with positive or adverse state impact pursuant to Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety policies, commenting on proposed federal agency actions, and filing amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court. See recent activities here.

 

 

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POLICY POSITIONS | RESOLUTIONS

Policies of the Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee include the federalism policy that states the overall philosophy of NCSL with regard to American federalism, and includes sections on preemption, grant conditions and mandates, sovereign immunity and criminal jurisdiction within the purview of the states. Other policies include Civil Justice, Criminal Justice, Election Reform, Federalism, Homeland Security, and Immigration.

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STATE AND LOCAL LEGAL CENTER

The State and Local Legal Center files amicus briefs, conducts moot courts and provides other assistance in connection with the U.S. Supreme Court.

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POLICY AREAS

The Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee has broad jurisdiction over civil, criminal and constitutional law.

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING LEGISLATION

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved two bills regarding anti-human trafficking legislation (H.R. 3530 and H.R. 3610) on April 30 that have direct state impact. NCSL has been working with sponsors of these bills for six months and it is encouraging to see them moving through the committee process. NCSL is the first national state organization to adopt a formal policy position on the issue of human trafficking, which encourages improved coordination among federal agencies as well as improved federal outreach.

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