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Entries for February 2017

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A Girl, Her Dog and the Supreme Court

It is difficult to defeat a service dog in any context, including U.S. Supreme Court litigation.

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Add NCSL’s Online Democracy Award to Your Trophy Case

Now in its 12th year, the Online Democracy Award recognizes a state legislative website that stands out for making democracy user-friendly.

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Category: NCSL, Technology
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STEM Education a Hot Topic for State Lawmakers

Across the country, state legislators have renewed interests in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

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What Happens Now to SCOTUS Transgender Bathroom Case?

The fate of the most controversial case the Supreme Court has agreed to decide this term is uncertain now that the Department of Education has issued a “Dear Colleague” letter withdrawing previous letters requiring school districts to allow transgender students to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity.

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A Year in Review: 2016 Early Care and Education Enactments

NCSL compiles and publishes an annual Early Care and Education Legislative Action report that summarizes legislative enactments.

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NCSL Staff Meets with House Cannabis Caucus Organizer

NCSL Law, Criminal Justice, and Public Safety staff met with one of the legislative directors behind a newly-created bipartisan House Cannabis Caucus.

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State Legislatures Magazine: Public-private Partnerships Could Take a Toll

Are the states ready for public-private partnerships?

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What if Your Court-Appointed Psychiatrist Could Talk You to Death?

Would you talk freely to a court-appointed psychiatrist who could tell the prosecution everything you said, particularly if you could be sentenced to death?

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What's New From Children and Families?

NCSL’s Children and Families program covers many human services issues, including child support and family law, child welfare, early care and education, welfare and poverty.

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SCOTUS to Decide Whether Interveners Must Have Standing

The Supreme Court accepts all kinds of cases involving states and local governments. Town of Chester v. Laroe Estates involves a long, complicated story and legal issue.

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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.