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Entries for January 2017

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What Might Justice Gorsuch Mean for States and Local Governments

The authors of "Searching for Scalia" evaluated who on President Donald Trump’s list of potential nominees to replace Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court would be most like Scalia—the originalist, the textualist, and, most important, the conservative. The winner: Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch! 

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Preventing Opioid Misuse: Legislative Trends and Predictions

As overdose deaths from opioids—including prescription drugs—continue to rise, strategies to confront the epidemic are likely to stay at the forefront during the 2017 legislative sessions.

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Getting the Word Out About the Earned Income Tax Credit

The EITC—a refundable tax credit—is available to folks who have an income, meet certain income limits set by the Internal Revenue Service and file a tax return.

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Refugee Executive Order Challenged

President Donald Trump’s refugee executive order has resulted in confusion and lawsuits that will continue to be resolved in the upcoming months.

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SLCC Brief Argues States May Limit Sex Offenders' Access to Social Media

Balancing the rights of sex offenders and protecting children in particular from sex offenders has been a challenge for states for some time.

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State Options to Keep Nuclear Power in the Energy Mix

The nation’s nuclear fleet is facing an unprecedented array of challenges as nuclear power looks to compete in a rapidly changing energy market.

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Legal Theories for Sanctuary Cities

True to his word, President Donald Trump has signed an executive order stating that sanctuary cities are “not eligible to receive federal grants,” with some unclear exceptions.

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Category: Immigration
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It’s School Choice Week and All Eyes Are on Congress

Every January, school choice advocates celebrate school choice week.

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Executive Orders 101

Executive orders are controversial because no provision of the Constitution explicitly authorizes them. Regardless, they have been used by every president—except one, William Henry Harrison—since George Washington. 

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Trump Signs Executive Order on Infrastructure

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at expediting reviews and approvals of high priority infrastructure projects.

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