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States Called on to Review Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities in National Report

Each day, four to eight children die from abuse or neglect, usually at the hands of their parents. More than half are infants younger than 1 year old, and approximately three-quarters are under 3 years of ag

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State Legislatures Magazine: Keeping Drunken Drivers in Park

In this month’s issue of State Legislatures magazine, NCSL’s Anne Teigen reports  that about 1 million impaired drivers are convicted annually in the U.S.

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Supreme Court Sends Stun Gun Case Back to State

In a per curiam (unauthored) opinion, which concurring Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas call “grudging,” the Supreme Court has ordered the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts to decide again whether Massachusetts’s stun gun ban is constitutional.

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How Long Before Fantasy Sports Invade Little League?

Each summer, millions of people gather in basements, living rooms, and local restaurants to draft professional football players they hope will lead their cleverly named team to victory.

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Emotions High as Court Hears Texas Abortion Case

Emotions ran high at the U.S. Supreme Court today in oral argument of what is considered to be the most important abortion cases in more than 20 years

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SCOTUS Pre-empts State All-Payers Claims Database Laws

If your state is one of nearly 20 states with an all-payers claims database (APCD) law, your law is pre-empted, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled.

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Supreme Court's Impact on Juvenile Sentencing

Significant federal court rulings during the past decade continue to reshape juvenile justice policy across the nation as the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly prohibited the most serious punishments for juvenile offenders.

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Child Support and Incarceration

Generally, incarcerated parents come in contact with the child support program in one of two ways.

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Supreme Court's Docket Runneth Over

The Friday before and the Tuesday after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the U.S. Supreme Court accepted a total of nine cases, including a challenge to the President’s executive order allowing undocumented parents of children who are citizens to remain in the United States.

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Corrections Reform Leaders Share Experience

The February edition of State Legislatures magazine features a group of legislators recognized as leaders on sentencing and corrections policy who recently took part in a roundtable discussion at NCSL’s Denver.

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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.