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Entries for April 2019

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State Legislatures at 400: Journal Symposium Available for Free for a Limited Time

To help commemorate and deepen knowledge surrounding the history, role, demography and modern institution of state legislatures, the journal PS: Political Science & Politics is offering free access until May 15 to its State Legislatures at 400 Symposium.

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Show Off Your Notable Document: Enter to Win the Annual LRL Notable Document Awards

NCSL and the Legislative Research Librarians Staff Professional Association are on the hunt for documents that go above and beyond and stand out from the fray.

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Expect to See a Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

Predicting the outcome of a Supreme Court case based on oral argument is foolhardy. But unless the more liberal justices can pick up the vote of a more conservative justice it seems likely the 2020 census will contain a question about citizenship.

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Colorado Tackles Census Concerns

If people are fearful about this federal enterprise, they may not respond to the census next year. Colorado is doing something to combat those worries with the slogan, “It’s Safe. It’s Secure. It’s Important.”

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SCOTUS Addresses Workplace Discrimination on Basis of Sexual Orientation, Transgender Status

After refusing to accept or reject petitions for months, the Supreme Court has finally agreed to decide whether employers violate Title VII when they discriminate against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or transgender status. Among other things, Title VII prohibits discrimination “because of ... sex.” 

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USDA Releases 2017 Agriculture Census

In April, the USDA released its 2017 Agriculture Census highlighting some major changes in the agriculture industry. The survey is conducted every five years, with this issue covering 2012-2017.

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EPA Clarifies Clean Water Act Requirements to Groundwater

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week issued an Interpretive Statement clarifying the application of Clean Water Act (CWA) permitting requirements to groundwater, recognizing the state’s leadership role in protecting groundwater and providing certainty to states and others who implement and enforce EPA’s federal permitting programs.

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NCSL Shines a Light on Legislative Staff

Twice a year, NCSL celebrates Legislative Staff Week to highlight legislative staff and their many and varied contributions to their legislatures.

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Some States Give Big 10-4 to Candidates Releasing 1040s

A new trend has been gaining momentum in the media and in legislatures: presidential tax disclosure bills. These bills would require a presidential candidate, and often their vice-presidential counterpart, to disclose their tax returns for the previous five years to be able to gain access to the state’s ballot.

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‘Chickadee Checkoff’: A Look at State Checkoffs this Tax Day

Taxpayers across the country are either celebrating today or scrambling to finish their filings. Some additional checkoff boxes may have caught the eyes of taxpayers as they whizzed through this tax season.

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Category: Fiscal policy
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