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Entries for March 2015

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SCOTUS Rules Dead End for Medicaid Providers Suing States Using Federal Law

It has taken two cases and not quite 10 years but we now have an answer to a simple but technical legal question. Does the Supremacy Clause provide a cause of action for a claim that federal law preempts state law? No says the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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SCOTUS Rules No Favored Status for Pregnant Workers

What should an employer do if a pregnant employee’s job requires that she lift an amount well above what her doctor has approved during pregnancy? 

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States Look to Tax Evaders for Revenue

When it comes to tax policy, many states find the idea of amnesty quite agreeable, especially those looking to fill budget gaps.

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Administration, Congress Moving Forward on Nuclear Waste

After decades of contentious debate on how best to dispose of spent nuclear waste, the administration and members of the 114th Congress picked the same day to release their proposals related to the issue.

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Supreme Court Sides With Minority Voters in Alabama Case

In the only U.S. Supreme Court case of the term where the issue of race is front and center— other than the high profile Fair Housing Act case— the court sided with minority voters. Unsurprisingly, Justice Anthony Kennedy joined the majority opinion.

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House Poised to Employ 'Queen of the Hill' Rule

In 1975, Schoolhouse Rock! debuted the song “I’m Just a Bill,” a now infamous pop culture segment that describes what most people think of how a bill passes Congress. Now if it were only that simple.

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Congress Offers 2016 Budget Blueprints

Congress formally entered the fiscal fray this week, as both the House and Senate introduced budget resolutions for fiscal year 2016.

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Meet Laura Rose: NCSL's New Director of Legislative Management

I moved from across the country to become the director of NCSL’s Legislative Management program but in many ways it felt like I was moving into a familiar neighborhood.

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States, Congress Continue to Fight Against Trolls

Of the 17 states that have introduced legislation in 2015, 10 of those are introducing patent troll legislation for the first time.

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NCSL Launches New Civil Rights Pages

Discrimination continues to play a part in our society and legislators are committed to using their status to work to address such issues as religious freedom, public accommodations and the use of foreign laws in state courts.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.