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DHS Ends Trump-Era Public Charge Rule

Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced March 9 that the federal government will no longer defend the Trump administration’s public charge rule.

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Category: Immigration
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U.S. House Passes Two Immigration Reform Bills

The U.S. House passed two immigration reform bills on March 18: The American Dream and Promise Act of 2021 and The Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021.

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Category: Immigration
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 Supreme Court Rules Against Police Officers in Fourth Amendment Case 

In a 5-3 decision in Torres v. Madrid the U.S. Supreme Court held that a person may be “seized” by a police officer per the Fourth Amendment even if the person gets away.

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Primaries On Our Minds: 2022 Dates and 2021 Legislation

With the 2020 election behind us and just a handful of odd-year elections in 2021, many elected officials, staff members and election experts are already turning their attention to 2022. That includes NCSL’s Elections and Redistricting team.

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The Census Bureau, Differential Privacy and the Courts

Right now—the second half of March—is when redistricting data should have been arriving in states, with the last delivery to be no later than April 1 as required by federal law. That’s not what’s happening, owing to delays in field operations for the census last year and more.

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Category: Census
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Virginia Becomes 23rd State to Abolish Capital Punishment

Virginia is the 23rd state to abolish capital punishment.

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Building Democracy Episode 5: NCSL’s Role in Creating the Modern Legislature

Not to toot our own horn, but NCSL’s history is integrally tied to the titanic efforts, personalities and organizations that sought to bolster the legislative institution in the second half of the 20th century.

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Category: NCSL, Podcasts
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Census Data Coming in Sept ... Wait, What? AUGUST!!!

Redistricting data will be available to the states in the last half of August. That’s the latest news from the U.S. Census Bureau, and it didn’t get the attention it deserves, so let me say it again: Redistricting data will arrive in late August, which means redistricting can start soon thereafter.

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NCSL Joins Immigration Briefing for Hill Staffers

As Congress grapples with how to best tackle immigration reform, NCSL, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, and the United States Conference of Mayors partnered to brief hill staffers on state and local priorities in immigration reform.

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Hurry Up and Wait: States Need to Prepare Before Map-Drawing Can Begin

The latest hot topic in the redistricting world is how states can get this decade’s redistricting done on time, given a six-month delay in the release of the 2020 census data.

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Category: Redistricting
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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.