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Entries for December 2019

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State Engagement with Local Justice: Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils

Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils, which bring together stakeholders to explore and respond to issues in the criminal justice system, are among the ways legislatures can engage with local governments to produce criminal justice reform.

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SCOTUS Will Hear Case Regarding Governors’ Authority to Appoint Judges

Delaware’s Constitution requires that three state courts be balanced between the two major political parties. The main question before the U.S. Supreme Court in Carney v. Adams is whether this scheme violates the First Amendment. 

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Supreme Court to Decide Excessive Force Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that excessive force violates the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against “unreasonable searches and seizures.” The question in Torres v. Madrid is whether police have “seized” someone who they have used force against who has gotten away.   

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Election Security: The Soft and Hard Sides

NCSL's Cybersecurity Task Force took on election security during the NCSL Capitol Forum

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Redistricting Law: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

The 2010s have been an active decade for redistricting litigation. Almost nine years since the 2010 census data was delivered to the states, litigation against district plans continues in multiple states.

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NCSL Immigration Task Force Tours U.S.-Mexico Border

NCSL's Executive Committee Taskforce on Immigration and the States attended a site visit and tour of the U.S.-Mexico Border in Nogales, Ariz., as part of its December meeting at Capitol Forum.

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Oklahoma Senate Sets Up First Chamber-Specific Census Complete Count Committee

Oklahoma has demonstrated how the political parties can work together for substantive bipartisan cooperation that will benefit their state. Senate leaders from both parties joined to form a Senate-specific 2020 Complete Count Committee (CCC). 

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Category: Elections, Census
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Evidence-Informed Policymaking Work Group Gathers for First Meeting

NCSL took important steps towards developing a new center for evidence-informed policymaking last week at its Capitol Forum meeting in Phoenix by convening a new evidence-informed policymaking work group of legislators, legislative staff and executive officials to advise on the center’s launch which is planned for next summer.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Census Time

What do Toksook Bay, Alaska, differential privacy, partnership engagement and onesies have to do with the 2020 Census?

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Capitol Forum Session Focuses on Federal and State Disaster Costs

Sharing the cost of disasters between federal and state agencies—and some steps to reduce those costs—were examined during a session on “Sharing the Cost of Disasters: State and Federal Spending” at the NCSL annual Capitol Forum.

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