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Entries for May 2015

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Nebraska Abolishes Capital Punishment on Veto Override

By exactly enough votes to override Governor Pete Ricketts' veto, the Nebraska Legislature voted to abolish capital punishment.

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State Legislative Authority: On the Line Again

By the end of June, when the Supreme Court decides Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission we will know if state legislatures can be completely cut out of the redistricting process.

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Category: Federalism
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Maryland Tax Decision Could Affect Other States

The U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne ruled that Maryland’s personal income tax scheme is unconstitutional because it discriminates against interstate commerce.

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Preventing Falls Among Older Adults

Most people know of an older loved one, friend, acquaintance or relative who has been seriously injured as a result of a fall

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Checking Out State Election 'Laboratories'

Last week I was at the State Testing and Certification of Voting Systems Conference in Seattle. This group is into the nitty gritty of elections administration. They’re the ones testing the nation’s voting machines to make sure they’re working as they should.

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Addressing Mental Health Needs of Foster Children

Research indicates that as many as 80 percent of children and youth in foster care have significant mental health issues. Further complicating the issue, those children are prescribed psychotropic medications at a much higher rate than the general population.

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Supreme Court to Maryland: No Double Taxation

In a 5-4 decision in Comptroller v. Wynne, the U.S. Supreme Court held that Maryland’s failure to offer residents a full credit against income taxes paid to other states is unconstitutional.

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In Alaska, Falling Oil Prices Makes for Slippery Budget

When the price of oil dropped under $50 a barrel in 2014 it created a budget shortfall of more than $3 billion for the FY 2015 budget and the upcoming FY 2016 budget, or about 60 percent of the general fund budget.

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SLCC Brief Supports Colorado Efforts on Internet Sales Tax

In Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will decide whether Colorado’s law requiring remote sellers to inform Colorado purchasers annually of their purchases and send the same information to the Colorado Department of Revenue is unconstitutional.

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SCOTUS Didn’t Decide If ADA Applies to Disability Arrests

We will have to wait for another day for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires police officers to accommodate suspects who are armed, violent and mentally ill when bringing them into custody

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