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Election Officials Under Threat—and More in the November Canvass

Election officials across the country have been targeted by threatening messages with some explicit enough to “put a reasonable person in fear of bodily harm or death,” according to a Reuters special report.

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Category: Elections
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Supreme Court to Decide if States May Defend Federal Rules the United States Won’t Defend

In Arizona v. San Francisco City and County of California the Supreme Court will decide whether states with interests should be permitted to intervene to defend a rule when the United States ceases to defend the rule.

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SCOTUS to Hear Major Climate Change Case

In West Virginia v. EPA, the U.S. Supreme Court will examine the scope of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to regulate the emission of carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) from power plants.

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Supreme Court To Decide Whether and How Texas and State Officials May Be Sued Over Abortion Law

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument on Nov. 1 in two cases challenging Texas’s abortion law. S.B. 8, enacted earlier this year, prohibits abortions in Texas after approximately six weeks. It allows private citizens to sue a person who provides an abortion in violation of S.B. 8 or “aids or abets” an abortion.

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Justice Breyer Allows Maine Vaccine Requirement to Stand

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer rejected a challenge to Maine’s requirement that all healthcare workers be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Supreme Court Grants Police Officers Qualified Immunity in Two Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that the use of force by police officers violates the Fourth Amendment when it is “excessive.”

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Back From the Not-So-Dead: NCSL Talks Voter ID in October Canvass

Few topics are more perennial in the elections sphere than voter identification.

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Category: Elections
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SLLC Files SCOTUS Amicus Brief in Emotional Distress Damages Case

The question the Supreme Court will decide in this case is whether an individual bringing a private right of action under the Rehabilitation Act and the Affordable Care Act may recover emotional distress damages. How the Court answers this question will determine whether such damages are available under the other statutes listed above which also incorporate Title VI’s remedies.

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Justice Sotomayor Allows NYC to Mandate Vaccines for School Employ

Justice Sonia Sotomayor turned down a request from a group of New York City teachers and paraprofessionals asking her to overturn a federal district court decision upholding New York City Department of Education’s (DOE) policy requiring all employees and contractors who work in-person in DOE buildings to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Supreme Court to Decide Government Speech Flag Case

The issue the Supreme Court will decide in Shurtleff v. City of Boston is whether flying a flag on a flagpole owned by a government entity is government speech. If it is, the city may refuse to fly it. 

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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.