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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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Supreme Court: Parole Possible for Juveniles Sentenced to Life Without Parole

The U.S. Supreme Court held in Montgomery v. Louisiana that juvenile offenders sentenced to life in prison without parole before Miller v. Alabama (2012) was decided may have their sentences reviewed. States can refuse this offer, but as Justice Antonin Scalia points out—why would they?

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Kansas Must Reconsider Death Penalty for the Carr Brothers

The Wichita Massacre was so bad it got a name. And a trip to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Blood Alcohol Testing: No Consent, No Warrant, No Crime?

States have worked tirelessly to tackle the problem of drunken driving. The U.S. Supreme Court may take one option off the table this term.

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Unfair or Unconstitutional?  The Supreme Court to Decide

You can’t make this stuff up. Really. But that doesn’t mean it is unconstitutional.

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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.