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Entries for December 2015

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The January 2016 issue of State Legislatures looks at key issues lawmakers will face as they return to legislative sessions. This issue also profiles a quirkly former football coach who upended the world of legislative research, assesses the pros and cons of legislative experience for governors, offers an interview with economist Christopher Thornberg and much more.

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State Christmas Trees Add Cheer to D.C.

In Washington, D.C., earlier this month during the NCSL Capitol Forum, I ran into a bountiful display of holiday cheer, courtesy of the states. 

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To Arbitrate or Not, SCOTUS Will Decide (Again)

The Supreme Court has taken two cases this term from California involving arbitration clauses. While this sample size is small, it seems fair to conclude that the California courts unapologetically disfavor arbitration clauses (which, practically speaking, preclude litigation). So far the Court isn’t having it.

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Parties unite behind microbeads ban

In a rare show of bipartisan agreement, both chambers of Congress unanimously approved legislation to eliminate the use of plastic microbeads in personal care products by 2017.

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Early Care and Education Says Goodbye to 2015, Hello to 2016

As we head into the home stretch of 2015 our project staff cap off the year with our final quarterly Early Care and Education e-update.

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States Addressing Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

Every year in the United States, thousands of juveniles are placed in solitary confinement—also known as confinement, seclusion, isolation or segregation.

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SCOTUS Redistricting: Shall Shall Mean Shall

Sometimes a U.S. Supreme Court decision comes down to just one word. In a recently decided redistricting case “shall” was in the hot seat.

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Scotus Case: Finding Bidders for Giant Power Plants

If you were going to build a nearly three-quarters of a billion dollar power plant, you would want to know for sure that you weren’t going to lose money on the deal, right? That's the practical dilemma involved in two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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Capitol Forum Panel Looks at Slow Arrival of the FAST Act

In the wake of President Obama signing the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act into law, a pair of NCSL committees organized a full debrief of the FAST Act during NCSL's Capitol Forum in Washington, D.C.

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Updating the National Terrorism Advisory System

The Department of Homeland Security today released the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin as a supplement to the existing NTAS alerts.

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