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Entries for January 2018

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District Court Orders Trump Administration to Temporarily Maintain DACA

A federal district court has issued a temporary nationwide injunction requiring the Trump administration to maintain much of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 

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Supreme Court to Decide Sales Tax Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether states may require out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax. 

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Long-Term Benefits of Preschool: For Real or Fadeout?

In 2001, Oklahoma became one of the nation’s first states to implement a universal pre-K program. Since then, a large and growing body of evidence has told us that early childhood education programs improve school readiness and reduce achievement gaps.

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DOJ Pulls Advance Rulemakings for State and Local Government Accessibility

Since 2010 states and local governments have been waiting for the Department of Justice to issue regulations requiring them to increase website, equipment and furniture, and 9-1-1 accessibility for persons with disabilities. The wait is over. The regulations are no longer in the works—for now.

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Improving Early Learning Through the Every Student Succeeds Act

Implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act has recently been identified by NCSL as a  top 10 issue facing state legislators in 2018.

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Category: Education
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Mississippi Lands First 10-year Medicaid 1115 Waiver Extension

During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, the state of Mississippi received a gift that will keep giving, at least for the next 10 years: the first 10-year extension of a Medicaid waiver.

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State Legislatures Magazine | Inside This Month's Issue

As new legislative sessions begin across the country, lawmakers and staff will dive into all sorts of issues. Some will be unique to their states, but many will affect every state. The hottest of them made our annual top 10 list. See if you agree with our choices.

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Category: Magazine
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What's New From Children and Families | December 2017

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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When One Vote Matters

Who said one vote doesn’t matter? Certainly no one in Virginia. Following the commonwealth’s 2017 General Assembly Elections, the balance of power within the House of Delegates was left up in the air—and stayed up in the air until today. 

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Category: Elections
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First Elections of the New Year: Primaries

Have you noticed all the new year stories about the midterm elections? They focus on what’s likely to happen in November 2018. They may be jumping the gun. November, after all, is a long way down the road. In the meantime, candidates face an earlier gantlet: party primaries, with the first one just nine weeks away. 

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Category: Elections
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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.