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Debt Collection in State Courts

The nation’s civil legal system handles debt collection cases and a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts, “How Debt Collectors Are Transforming the Business of State Courts,” examines debt collection lawsuits in America.

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COVID-19 in U.S. Prisons and Jails

Inmates in federal and state prisons are experiencing a disproportionate amount of COVID-19 cases and deaths, which are tracked by the Marshall Project in partnership with the Associated Press using data from state corrections departments and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP).

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The Inside Story of How Mississippi Retired Its State Flag

Of all the actions taken by lawmakers in 2020, none was more unexpected than the Mississippi Legislature's rapid and bipartisan vote to retire the state's official flag and it's prominent Confederate battle emblem.

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 SCOTUS Holds a Sitting President May Be Issued a State Criminal Subpoena

President Donald Trump's tax returns are unlikely to be available to the public soon as a result of two Supreme Court cases.

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SCOTUS Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Law

In a 5-4 decision in June Medical Services v. Russo the Supreme Court struck down Louisiana’s admitting privileges law. Five justices agreed that Louisiana’s law created an unconstitutional “substantial obstacle” to women obtaining abortions.

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 New Guidance From SBA Eliminates Some Eligibility Requirements for Criminal Records

The Small Business Administration has issued new guidance easing eligibility restrictions for individuals with a criminal record–one week before the June 30 deadline to apply.

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Lawmakers Comment on George Floyd Killing, Racism

Like most Americans, state legislators have been moved deeply by the killing of George Floyd and the resulting protests and conversations.

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House, Senate, White House Consider Police Reform in Wake of Protests

Days of protests across the nation following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody have drawn swift and ongoing responses on the federal level. Police reform legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate in recent weeks, while President Donald Trump signed an executive order on policing on June 16.

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Supreme Court Allows DACA to Continue

In a 5-4 decision in DHS v. Regents of the University of California, the Supreme Court held that the decision to wind-down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program violated the Administrative Procedures Act.

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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Qualified Immunity and Gun Cases

On Monday the Supreme Court denied nine petitions involving qualified immunity and 10 petitions involving guns. Had the Court accepted any of these petitions the case would have had significant implications for states and local governments.  

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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.