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Entries for July 2017

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It's 2017—Do You Know Where Your Districts Are?

Redistricting is a complex and perplexing issue that begs a bagful of questions

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Young and New Professionals at the Legislative Summit

NCSL’s Young and New Professionals group will be holding two half-day pre-conferences to the 2017 Legislative Summit.

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On the Road to Fully Self-Driving Vehicles

North Carolina became the 20th state to enact legislation addressing autonomous vehicles by passing two new laws on July 21.

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Water Abounds - From the Boston Harbor to the Convention Center Halls

When you think of Boston, you may imagine beautiful shorelines stretching down to Cape Cod or Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty dumping chests of tea into the harbor.

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What's So Important About 1619 Anyway?

NCSL staffer Megan McClure sat down with Yuri Milligan, associate director for marketing and communications at American Evolution, which is teaming up with NCSL to present a session at Summit titled "Roots of American Legislatures: Virginia in 1619."

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Category: Elections
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Responding to the Growth of Local Jails

At least 700,000 people were held in local jails each day during 2015, making the first time local jail population reached that number. By contrast, the number in 1970 was just 157,000 people.

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Senator Deb Peters: States' Rights is Not a Doctrine of Convenience

NCSL President-elect Senator Deb Peters (R) of South Dakota testified before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law today in opposition to the No Regulation Without Representation Act, H.R. 2887.

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24
Batter Up at the NCSL Early Learning Fellows Leadoff Meeting

The College World Series wasn't the only exciting game in town in Omaha last month.

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24
To Carry Over or Not?

Many legislative sessions have adjourned or are wrapping up for this year. Yet, bills may remain upon which no final action was taken before session ended. What happens to these bills, you ask? Well, that depends upon the state.

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Category: Legislators
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Supreme Court Takes Cake Case

The issue in this case before the U.S. Supreme Court is whether Colorado's public accommodations law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, violates a cake artist’s First Amendment free speech and free exercise rights.

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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.