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Can You Track Me Now? Not Without a Warrant

In a long-awaited decision in Carpenter v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court held 5-4 that the Fourth Amendment requires the government to receive a warrant to obtain cell-site location information.

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Juvenile Justice Reform the Focus of Cross-Branch Summit

Juvenile justice was the focus when legislators, senior executive branch staff and state budget officials from 15 states gathered in Chicago last month  to exchange ideas for cross-collaboration and discuss current juvenile justice issues with national and local experts.

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State Legislatures Magazine: New Approaches to Juvenile Justice

At age 11, Xavier McElrath-Bey joined a gang, feeling safer in the streets than in his own home. Growing up on Chicago’s South Side, he was surrounded by poverty, drugs and crime. In 1989, McElrath-Bey was sentenced to 25 years in adult prison for his involvement in a gang-related murder. He was 13 years old.

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Baker Wins Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case in Narrow Opinion

In a 7-2 decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a ruling against the owner of a cake shop who refused to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because of his religious beliefs.

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U.S. House Passes Federal Prison Reform Bill

The U.S. House passed the FIRST STEP Act, HR 5682, by a vote of 360-59 on Tuesday.

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Supreme Court Accepts Significant Oklahoma Indian Reservation Case

Would it surprise you to learn that more than 750,000 people in Oklahoma, including most Tulsa residents, live on an Indian reservation?

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SCOTUS Upholds Rental Car Drivers' Privacy Rights

Let's say you're driving a rental car that someone else has rented and you know there is something in the trunk that would definitely reflect poorly upon you if the trunk was opened by a person wearing a badge. Well, the U.S. Supreme Court says, the authorities can't open that trunk and make the damning discovery.

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House Juidiciary Committee Passes Federal Prison Reform Bill

The House Judiciary Committee passed the FIRST STEP Act, HR 5682, by a vote of 25-5.

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Issue Simple, Law Tricky, in Age Disrimination Case

The legal issue in Guido v. Mount Lemmon Fire District could not be simpler, but the law is tricky.

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House Appropriations Subcommittee Votes to Increase Justice Funding

The House Appropriations Commerce-Justice-Science Subcommittee approved its FY 2019 spending bill on May 9 by voice vote.

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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.