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Can You Sue for Retaliatory Arrest if Probable Cause Existed?

If probable cause exists to arrest someone, should that arrestee be barred from bringing a First Amendment retaliatory lawsuit?

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Human Trafficking: See Something, Say Something

The covert nature of trafficking crimes means the public is often unaware that they can occur close to home, at their neighborhood store, and that businesses in their neighborhood may benefit from, or be used as conduits for, sex and labor trafficking. But there are plenty of  examples that showcase the power of public awareness is battling human trafficking.

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Vermont Becomes First to Legalize Marijuana by State Legislature

Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed HB 511 on Monday, which legalizes marijuana in the state.

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Should States Be Able to Allow Sports Gambling?

What's at stake? Of the $58 billion wagered last year on NFL and college football games, $56 billion was bet illegally through bookies or online operations, Nevada Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton (D) told a session on "The Future of Sports Betting."

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Answering the Call to Reduce Distracted Driving

Conventional wisdom says If we could only get these teenagers to quit talking on their cellphones while they're behind the wheel, we could make our roads a lot safer.

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Fighting Financial Abuse of the Elderly

Why do people prey financially on the elderly? Corey Carlisle cited the Willie Sutton analogy: "Because that's where the money is."

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House Passes Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

The U.S. House has passed H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow individuals who hold a concealed carry license to bring firearms across state lines, or possess them in other states regardless of state laws. The vote was 231-198.

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A photograph, a monument, a movement and the Virginia Capitol Police

This striking photograph of the statue of Robert E. Lee  is evocative of the national turmoil over Confederate Civil War memorials.

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What Does the Latest Research Say About Body-Worn Cameras?

Recent studies are shedding light on the benefits, or lack thereof, of police-worn body cameras. State legislatures may benefit from and use this new information to help guide policy development.

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Senate Bill Aims to Fix Background Check System for Gun Purchases

The Fix NICS Act, now awaiting action in the Senate Judiciary Committee, seeks to improve data gathering and reporting requirements in place under the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which is designed to maintain a comprehensive account of people with high-risk characteristics for use during firearm purchases. 

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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.