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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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Seventh Circuit Rules Civil Rights Act Protects LGBT Persons from Workplace Bias

The Seventh Circuit has become the first federal circuit court of appeals to rule that employees may bring sexual orientation discrimination claims under Title VII. This case directly affects state and local governments in their capacity as employers in Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

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Far-Reaching Juvenile Justice Reform Enacted in Utah

A sweeping juvenile justice reform bill passed the Utah legislature this month and was enacted into law with broad support.

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What's Next for the Second Blocked Travel Ban?

President Donald Trump’s second travel ban executive order was scheduled to go into effect today, but within hours of each other federal judges from Hawaii and Maryland issued decisions temporarily preventing portions of it from going into effect nationwide.

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What’s New From Children and Families?

Did you know the child support program collected over $32 billion in child support during FY 2015?.

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What Happens Now to SCOTUS Transgender Bathroom Case?

The fate of the most controversial case the Supreme Court has agreed to decide this term is uncertain now that the Department of Education has issued a “Dear Colleague” letter withdrawing previous letters requiring school districts to allow transgender students to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity.

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NCSL Staff Meets with House Cannabis Caucus Organizer

NCSL Law, Criminal Justice, and Public Safety staff met with one of the legislative directors behind a newly-created bipartisan House Cannabis Caucus.

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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.