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The Opioid Crisis: Where Do We Go From Here?

The substance use crisis in this country continues—and it’s not just opioids.

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Category: Health
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SLLC Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Prisoner Litigation Case

The State and Local Legal Center’s (SLLC) Supreme Court amicus brief in Lomax v. Ortiz-Marquez  argues that a dismissal without prejudice for failure to state a claim counts as a strike under the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA).

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Prescription Drug Policy Trends in 2019: Will Hindsight be 2020?

As 2019 ended, one could look at the wide range of state actions and conclude it was a trailblazing year of legislation related to prescription drug pricing, transparency and access.

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Category: Health
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State Legislatures Magazine: Looking Ahead at the Hot Issues of 2020

The January/February issue of State Legislatures magazine takes a new look at the top issues for the year ahead.

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Category: Magazine
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2020 Session Preview: Postsecondary Education

As the 2020 legislative session kicks off, legislators will consider a range of higher education issues affecting students across the country.

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Category: Education
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Supreme Court to Decide What States May do about 'Faithless Electors'

Washington state could not have summarized this case in one sentence better than this:  “[T]his case gives the Court the rare opportunity to decide a constitutional question related to presidential selection in a non-emergency setting.” 

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NCSL’s "Our American States" podcast presents a special new six-part series, “Building Democracy: The Story of Legislatures,” covering the history, characters and stories of state legislatures in America, from the beginnings in Jamestown, to the present day and into the future.

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State, Federal Governments Getting Behind Earned Income Tax Credits

Although 25 million tax filers received $61 billion in credits in 2019, millions more don’t claim their credit. Nationally, 20% of filers eligible for the EITC don’t claim it, meaning millions of tax payers and their families are missing out on billions of dollars each year.

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State Engagement With Local Justice: Interview With Alexander Holsinger

Though CJCCs are generally established at the local level, there are opportunities for state legislatures to encourage and support the work of these councils.

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Robocall Case Has Important Implications for State, Local Governments

The question the Supreme Court will decide in this case is whether allowing robocalls for government-debt only violates the First Amendment. State and local governments aren’t likely recipients of such calls. 

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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.