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Drugged Driving Enforcement Can Vex States

"We in Colorado are blazing a trail," said Colorado Representative Jonathan Singer (D), whose state was one of the first two states—along with Washington state—to legalize recreational marijuana. "A lot of the questions you're asking in your state, we are still asking."

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State Legislators Learn Latest Juvenile Justice Reform Policies in Big Apple

State legislators and staff got the chance to learn about the latest juvenile justice reform policies across the country during NCSL’s Juvenile Justice Model Site Visit Sept. 24-26 in New York City.

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What Happened to DACA? A Legal Perspective

Since his presidency began began, President Donald Trump has been trying to roll back many of the actions of his predecessor. Sometimes it is easier to do this than other times. 

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SCOTUS Accepts Prisoner's Attorney's Fees Case

In an unusual move, the U.S. Supreme Court accepted a case during its summer recess. Like much of its docket, this case will affect states and local governments

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A Sobering Look at the Opoid Abuse Crisis

The scale and urgency of the opioid crisis is clear in the numbers.

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Police-Community Session: Engage, Involve, Use Data

A standing-room only crowd heard from an articulate, experienced and funny panel of three, moderated by Katherine McQuay from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Responding to the Growth of Local Jails

At least 700,000 people were held in local jails each day during 2015, making the first time local jail population reached that number. By contrast, the number in 1970 was just 157,000 people.

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Same-Sex Parents Can be on Birth Certificate: SCOTUS

In this case the U.S. Supreme Court reversed an Arkansas Supreme Court judgment that an Arkansas statute, which allows only the biological mother of a child born to a same-sex married couple to be listed on the birth certificate, is constitutional.

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SCOTUS Explains State Mental Health Obligations to Indigent Defendants

In McWilliams v. Dunn the Supreme Court disagreed 5-4 with a lower court’s determination that a capital defendant received all the mental health expert assistance the Constitution requires.

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SCOTUS Rules Church Preschool Playground Can Get Public Funds

Like all U.S. Supreme Court cases, this one raised two questions: Which side would win and how broad would the opinion be. Only time will answer the latter question.  

 

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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.