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Juvenile Justice Working Group Gathers for First Meeting

Earlier this month, a new NCSL work group formed to develop a set of bedrock principles of effective juvenile justice state policy, met for the first time in Newport Beach, Calif.

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Supreme Court Rules for City in Standing Case

Justice Neil Gorsuch’s first opinion in a case involving state and local government doesn’t tell us much. He simply joined a brief, unanimous opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito involving lawsuit interveners and standing.

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SLLC Files Brief in Case Refining the Definition of Probable Cause

Imagine how often, when police officers are deciding whether to arrest someone, they are told a version of a story they don’t find believable.

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Lessons From a Scandal: Have Investigative Tools in Place

After a wild weekend with a state court’s restraining order being overturned by the Alabama Supreme Court, the House Judiciary Committee was ready to begin impeachment hearings over Governor Robert Bentley’s indiscretions.

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Supreme Court to Decide D.C. Statute of Limitations Case

Stephanie Artis sued the District of Columbia in federal court a year after the fact, bringing a number of federal and state law claims related to her termination as a code inspector. It took the federal district court over two and a half years to rule on her claims. It dismissed her sole federal claim as “facially deficient” and no longer had jurisdiction to decide the state law claims.

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SCOTUS: Lower Court Decisions in EEOC Subpoenas Deserve Deference

The essence of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in McLane v. EEOC is federal courts of appeals are busy and their jobs should not be made any harder.

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North Carolina Repeals, Other States Still Considering 'Bathroom Bills'

In the wake of North Carolina’s repeal of the state’s contentious "bathroom bill," a year and seven days after it was passed, the Tar Heel state remains the only state to pass—and now repeal—this type of legislation.

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State Legislatures Magazine: Busting Backlog of Untested Rape Kits

In some states, untested rape kits can languish in storage for years. In others, a kit can be discarded unless the assault survivor regularly requests that it be preserved.

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SCOTUS Refines Racial Predominance Determination in Gerrymandering Case

Little is easy in most redistricting cases and Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections is no exception. That said, the Supreme Court was nearly unanimous in its decision.

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Time to Update Your State’s 'No-impeachment' Rule?

Your state’s “no-impeachment” rule of evidence may benefit from an update.

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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.