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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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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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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.