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Entries for April 2017

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New Administration, New Environmental Priorities - EPA Requests Stays in Litigation

Predicting the weather a week from today often involves a high degree of uncertainty. The likelihood of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency being taken to court upon issuance of a major final rule, however, does not hold the same level of uncertainty.

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Chicago Significantly Outpaces Country in Enrolling Hispanic/Latino Preschoolers

Did you know that Hispanic/Latino children are on average 11.5 months behind their white peers in reading skills at kindergarten entry? They’re also 11 months behind in math skills.

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Category: Education
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Injunction Issued Halting Trump's Order on Sanctuary Cities

A federal district court has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction preventing the Trump administration from  portion of the Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States executive order.

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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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Category: Human services
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Special Elections—and Special Ways to Hold Them

There are many ways to skin a cat. Or run an election.

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Category: Elections
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Virginia to Begin Monitoring Local Fiscal Distress

The historical city of Petersburg, Va., best known for its siege during the Civil War, was identified for an entirely different reason when its fiscal nightmare came to light last year.

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Category: Fiscal policy
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SCOTUS Rules If Your Conviction is Invalidated, You Get Your Fees Back

The Supreme Court struck down a Colorado law requiring defendants whose criminal convictions have been invalidated to prove their innocence by clear and convincing evidence in order to receive a refund of fees, court costs, and restitution.

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What's in the Recipe for a Bill?

Have you ever thought about what a bill is—in the legislative sense that is? No? Well, let’s consider it.

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SCOTUS Ignores Agency Deference Issue in Preemption Case

There was always a good chance the Supreme Court was going to ignore the issue the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) briefed because it was only implicit in one of the questions the Supreme Court agreed to decide in Coventry Health Care of Missouri v. Nevils.

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‘Chickadee Checkoff’: A Closer Look at State Checkoff Contributions

While filling the seemingly ceaseless boxes on the state tax form, taxpayers might have noticed the option to check a box and donate part of their refund or make a separate contribution to a charitable cause.

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Category: Fiscal policy
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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.