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Entries for May 2019

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New Hampshire Abolishes Capital Punishment on Legislature's Veto Override

New Hampshire became the 21st state to abolish capital punishment when the legislature today overrode a veto from Governor Chris Sununu (R).

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Category: Legislators
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The Wide Wild World of Redistricting—May Edition

Next month will be the peak of the annual redistricting news cycle, as the Supreme Court is expected to deliver its opinions on two partisan gerrymandering cases and one racial gerrymandering case. These are big deals (at least for politicos).

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Supreme Court Upholds Part of Indiana Anti-Abortion Law

As the issue of abortion takes to the courts, all eyes are on anything the Supreme Court has to say about it. 

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In Memoriam: New Mexico Senator John Pinto

John Pinto was the longest-serving senator in New Mexico history and the longest-serving Native American legislator in U.S. history. He was 94 when he died May 24 in Gallup, N.M.

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Supreme Court Rules for Police Officers in Free Speech Retaliation Case

It has been three cases and nearly a decade in the making but the U.S. Supreme Court has finally ruled in Nieves v. Bartlett that the existence of probable cause defeats a First Amendment retaliatory arrest case … with one, small caveat. 

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Memorial Day: Remembering the Fallen

Originating as Decoration Day in May 1868, when the graves of war dead were decorated with flowers, Memorial Day was established as a national holiday on the last Monday of May, honoring all military personnel who have died in American wars.

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Early Learning Fellows: Here Comes the Class of 2019

The first meeting of the 2019 Early Learning Fellows program is right around the corner. This new cohort, the eighth in the program, includes 24 legislators and two legislative staff representing 13 states.

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Category: Human services
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Redistricting: A Multifaceted Thing

We have decided to put a spin on each of NCSL’s five redistricting seminars that are spread out over the next 18 months. Each will include an opportunity for staff to meet with each other, for Ds and Rs to strategize separately and for everyone to get the basics on law, tech and data.

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Category: Redistricting
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SCOTUS Rules Judges, Not Juries, Must Decide Critical Element of State Law Drug Claims

Merck v. Albrecht is a simple issue contained in a long story. 

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Supreme Court Affirms Tribes' Rights to Hunt on Federal Lands

What will invariably catch everyone’s attention about this case is the fact that it is the second 5-4 decision where Supreme Court Justice Neal Gorsuch has joined the four more liberal Justices to rule in favor of a tribe.

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