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SCOTUS Upholds Rental Car Drivers' Privacy Rights

Let's say you're driving a rental car that someone else has rented and you know there is something in the trunk that would definitely reflect poorly upon you if the trunk was opened by a person wearing a badge. Well, the U.S. Supreme Court says, the authorities can't open that trunk and make the damning discovery.

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House Juidiciary Committee Passes Federal Prison Reform Bill

The House Judiciary Committee passed the FIRST STEP Act, HR 5682, by a vote of 25-5.

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Issue Simple, Law Tricky, in Age Disrimination Case

The legal issue in Guido v. Mount Lemmon Fire District could not be simpler, but the law is tricky.

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House Appropriations Subcommittee Votes to Increase Justice Funding

The House Appropriations Commerce-Justice-Science Subcommittee approved its FY 2019 spending bill on May 9 by voice vote.

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Cross-Branch Collaboration at the Front End of the Justice System

Solutions to some of the most difficult problems require collaboration. Judges, legislators, and government officials at all levels are working together to address the issue of burgeoning jail populations and specifically pretrial detention, which accounts for more than half of all jail inmates nationwide.

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States Making It Easier for Ex-offenders to Get Occupational Licenses

Want to become a barber or cosmetologist? You need a license in every state. Have a criminal record? In many states it's that much harder.

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Senate Committee Passes Legislation Reauthorizing the Department of Homeland Security

The Senate Homeland Security Committee has passed HR 2825, which would reauthorize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the first time since its inception in 2002.

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DOJ Actions to Improve School Security

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) steps to reduce school violence.

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Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Legislation Clears Key Hurdle in the Senate

While Congress has paid considerable attention to immigration and the budget so far in 2018, efforts to reform the federal criminal justice system also have made progress.

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Prisoner Loses Attorney’s Fees Dispute in the Supreme Court

The Prison Litigation Reform Act states that when a prisoner wins a civil rights case “a portion of the judgment (not to exceed 25 percent) shall be applied to satisfy” his or her attorney’s fees award.

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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.