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Entries for August 2018

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9 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Labor Day

So, yes, you know the first Monday in September means a day off from work and school for most of us. And maybe you also know that Labor Day is a tribute to American workers. But if things start to get foggy beyond that, we’ve rounded up nine facts about the annual federal holiday sure to impress your barbecue guests. 

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Medical Cannabis Poses Challenges, Opportunities

In light of the ongoing opioid misuse crisis, state and federal policymakers and health care experts are searching for new ways to effectively treat the ill. One area of growing interest among public and clinical health researchers alike is cannabis for medical use.

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State Authority Under Double Jeopardy Clause on Line in SCOTUS Case

The Fifth Amendment’s Double Jeopardy Clause, which prohibits a person from being prosecuted more than once for the same conduct, is a familiar concept.

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California Is Latest State to Change Bail

With the enactment of Senate Bill 10 on Tuesday, California becomes the first state to statutorily eliminate money bail as an available condition of pretrial release.

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A Look at State Tax Reform Efforts in 2018

This has been an extremely important year for state taxes. First, the enactment of federal tax reform at the end of 2017 demanded immediate attention from state legislatures. Then came the U.S. Supreme Court’s Wayfair decision in June.

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Category: Fiscal policy
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Veto Overrides: Now (and Potentially) Post-Election

NCSL often counts heads, chambers, legislatures and states by party. Now that the general election is just 73 days away, it’s worth a quick review of those four measures

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State Legislatures Magazine: NCSL’s New Officers

Every year, NCSL welcomes a slate of dedicated new officers. This year, we say hello to our new president, Illinois Senator Toi Hutchinson, and our new staff chair, Jon Heining, with the Texas Legislative Council.

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Category: NCSL, Magazine
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State Minimum Wage Developments

Minimum wage debates have been a staple in state legislatures the past several years. From 2013-2016, there were 30 enacted increases via either legislation or ballot measure compared to three in the four years prior. Activity on the issue has slowed recently, however.

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Ballots and Beer: America's Tipsy Relationship

Ballots and beer seem to be sewn into the very fabric of this nation. Many Americans can relate to having a drink or two while watching the election returns, and then, maybe a few more either in celebration or disappointment.

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Did Legislators Continue to Prioritize Occupational Licensing in 2018?

At the beginning of this year we asked: Will licensing stay on center stage in 2018?

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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.