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States and Local Governments Win SCOTUS Sign Case

In City of Austin, Texas v. Reagan National Advertising the U.S. Supreme Court held 6-3 that strict (fatal) scrutiny doesn’t apply to the city of Austin allowing on-premises but not off-premises signs to be digitized. The State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) filed an amicus brief supporting Austin, which Justice Stephen Breyer quoted twice in his concurring opinion. NCSL did not join this brief.

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Keeping It Civil in a Partisan World

It is no secret that we live in an incredibly partisan time—you don't need to look beyond your Twitter feed for proof. Two former legislators want to combat its negative impact with a bipartisan commitment to civility.

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SLLC Files Supreme Court Brief in Waters of the United States Case

In Sackett v. EPA the U.S. Supreme Court will decide the proper test for determining when wetlands are “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). The State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) amicus brief argues that municipal water infrastructure isn’t WOTUS. NCSL did not participate in the brief.

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Webinar: Census Not Perfect but Good Enough?

The question isn’t, “is the census perfect?” It is, “is the census as good as it can be?” Or, “what else can we do to make the next census even better?”

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Category: Census
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Evaluate Elections Legislation With NCSL’s Election Bill Rubric

As sessions wind down throughout most of the country, legislators are swamped with reading bills and figuring out how to vote. This is oftentimes easier said than done.

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Category: Elections
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SCOTUS Reinstates Restrictions on States Ability to Approve Infrastructure Projects

In Louisiana v. American Rivers, the U.S. Supreme Court has prevented a California district court decision from going into effect that vacated (set aside) a rule implementing Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.

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NCSL Survey: Pandemic Accelerated Legislative IT

The COVID-19 pandemic forced legislatures to make extraordinary shifts in the way they operated during 2020 and 2021, and technology was an integral part of those changes in many states.

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Category: Technology
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Check Out NCSL's New Resource on Food Safety

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we went from dinner out to dinner in. Americans took to cooking at home and the use of food-delivery apps more than doubled as Americans increasingly ordered takeout instead of eating at restaurants. As food consumption trends continue to evolve, one constant is the concern over food safety.

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Federal Orphaned Oil & Gas Well Program to Help States Fill Reclamation Shortfalls

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 included $4.7 billion for the federal government to address orphaned oil and gas wells across the country, including more than $1 billion for state and tribal lands.

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Human Trafficking Month Wrap Up with OVC

NCSL’s Law, Criminal Justice, and Public Safety Standing Committee held a joint briefing with the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime on available human trafficking tools and funding available to the states.

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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.