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Entries for April 2015

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Same-Sex Marriage Before the Supreme Court: Proceed or Wait-and-See?

Justice Anthony Kennedy has a lot to think about over the next two months when it comes to same-sex marriage.

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Differentiating Drug Users From Drug Dealers

With the enactment of HB 348, signed earlier this month, Utah joins a growing number of states that have reduced penalties for some drug offenses.

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NCSL Webinar Gets General on Aviation

Did you know there are more than 10 times the number of public-use airports in the U.S. then there are airports for scheduled commercial use? Or that there are over 600,000 registered pilots in the U.S., 2,200 alone in South Dakota?

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Congress Addresses Human Trafficking

The U.S. Senate passed the "Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act" (S. 178) on Wednesday. This is a comprehensive anti-trafficking bill that addresses all aspects of human trafficking, including law enforcement training, to better identify and apprehend traffickers.

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Getting Around Rodriguez: As Easy as Justice Alito Suggests?

In a 6-3 decision in Rodriguez v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a dog sniff conducted after a completed traffic stop violates the Fourth Amendment.

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States Win Only SCOTUS Pre-Emption Case of the Term

Oneok v. Learjet is interesting not so much because of its subject matter—price manipulation of natural gas prices that happened well over a decade ago—but because it is the only pre-emption case of the U.S. Supreme Court’s current term.

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NCSL to Bring Legislative Perspective to P3 Event at Infrastrure Week

Public, private and non-profit stakeholders from across the nation will convene in the nation's capital for the third annual Infrastructure Week May 11-15, an event designed to highlight the importance of infrastructure investment.

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What Makes an Effective School Leader?

The role a school principal plays has probably changed since your time in school. The principal has morphed from a stern authority figure into one that includes the roles of instructional leader and shaper of the school’s climate and vision.

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Motor Voters in Oregon and Beyond

If you do a Google News search on  “Motor Voter,” you will find Oregon’s newly enacted HB 2177 at the top of the charts. That’s because the signing of the bill last month switched Oregon from “opt in” registration to “opt out” registration.

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Win a Free Vacation! (Now That We Have Your Attention ...)

Got your attention right? Let’s imagine you are walking through a crowded mall and see a sign selling a product. What catches your eye first? The text or the graphic they are using to illustrate what a better life you would have with this super-duper dentist-approved toothbrush.

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