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Entries for March 2016

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March Madness: Illinois and Pennsylvania Budgets Nine Months Overdue

In modern fiscal history, Kentucky’s 2002-2004 biennium budget stood for more than a decade as the benchmark for one of the latest enacted budgets. Now Pennsylvania, which will soon have an enacted budget, and Illinois, which likely will not, have both surpassed Kentucky in their fiscal tardiness.

 

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Dual Language Learner Education Under the Every Student Succeeds Act

NCSL’s Education Program has just released a new publication on how the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) impacts dual language learners’ education.

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Latest Trends in Elections: Technology

New Mexico did it. Maryland’s doing it. Colorado’s making the move. North Dakota and Rhode Island are getting close. At NCSL we think that when three states do something, it’s a trend—and this is five states and counting!

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Nutritious Foods: From Farm to Face

Throughout the month of March, state and local governments recognized National Nutrition Month in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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May Some State Debt Collection Practices Violate Federal Law?

State attorneys general offices are tasked with protecting the rights of consumers. Today the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Sherrif v. Gillie where state debtors claim that a practice of an attorney general’s office required by state law violates their rights.

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Supreme Court Clarifies Standard for Determining Indian Reservation Diminishment

The American legal system is premised on overlapping jurisdiction as the federal, state, and local governments share authority. Adding Indian tribes into the mix complicates matters further as the Supreme Court’s decision in Nebraska v. Parker illustrates.

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Defining Consent: What to do with Nuclear Waste

The long-term storage and disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste in the United States is an ongoing environmental issue and increasingly a very political issue as well.

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'Fair Share' Laws Survive on 4-4 SCOTUS Vote

Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association could have turned public sector labor law upside down.

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Feds to Help States Think Outside the Gas Pump

The program provides funding to states to help them develop alternatives to the gas tax that utilize a user fee structure to help fund the nation’s systems of highways, roads, bridges and mass transit through the Federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF).

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Primaries Aren't Just - or Even Mainly - For Presidents

While eyes are glued to the unusual doings of the presidential nominating races, there’s another story to be told. That is:  primaries aren’t just for presidents. Indeed, they aren’t even mainly for presidents.

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