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RCV, It’s Easy as 1-2-3. Or Is It?

All eyes are on New York City as it works to complete counting the largest ranked choice voting (RCV) election in U.S. history.

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Category: Elections
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Calm Start to the New Fiscal Year as Most States Pass Budgets on Time

Today (July 1) marks the start of the new fiscal year in most states, and the budget process this year was as different as night and day from last year.

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Category: Fiscal policy
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Supreme Court Strikes Down State Charity Donor Disclosure Requirement

In Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta the U.S. Supreme Court held 6-3 that California violated the First Amendment by requiring charitable organizations to disclose their major donors to the state attorney general.

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SCOTUS Upholds Arizona’s Voting Requirements

In Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee the U.S. Supreme Court held 6-3 that Arizona’s requirement that ballots cast in the wrong precinct and ballots collected by anyone other than a limited group of people not be counted didn’t violate §2 of the Voting Rights Act. 

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NCSL Participates in the Safety and Justice Challenge’s Moving Forward Together Virtual Network Meeting

Participants in the Safety and Justice Challenge’s Moving Forward Together virtual network meeting June 30 discussed how recent state legislative actions and trends demonstrates legislative interest and momentum in the direction of local justice and jail reform.

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State Banking Authority Wins in Repeal of “True Lender” Rule

States will keep regulatory control over certain loans after the U.S. House of Representatives followed the Senate last week in repealing a regulatory rule that would have allowed financial technology lenders to partner with banks and ultimately avoid state banking laws.

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NCSL Co-Hosts Child Care Stabilization Grants Federal Briefing with the Administration

Top officials from the Administration of Children and Families virtually briefed an audience of governors, state legislators, legislative staff and county officials about ACF’s recently released Child Care Stabilization Grants guidance.

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Supreme Court Rules Against States’ Rights in Pipeline Case

In PennEast Pipeline v. New Jersey the U.S. Supreme Court held 5-4 that the federal government may constitutionally grant pipeline companies the authority to condemn necessary rights-of-way in which a state has an interest. Pipeline companies likewise may sue states to obtain the rights-of-way.

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Supreme Court to Decide First Amendment Billboard Case

The city of Austin, Texas, allows on-premises billboards to be digitized but not off-premises billboards. In City of Austin, Texas v. Reagan National Advertising of Texas Inc. two outdoor advertising companies claim that this distinction is “content-based” under the First Amendment.

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In a per curiam (unauthored) opinion in Lombardo v. City of St. Louis, Missouri the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Eighth Circuit to decide again whether police officers used excessive force when restraining Nicholas Gilbert on his stomach for 15-minutes and/or should receive qualified immunity.

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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.