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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Significant Land Use Case

The Supreme Court has required governments to pay “just compensation” to property owners where the government “requires an owner to suffer a permanent physical invasion of her property—however minor.” 

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States Ramp Up Road User Charging Pilots and Studies

Statehouses have been at the forefront of considering road user charges (RUC) since Oregon enacted the first bill to study RUC as a potential replacement for the gas tax in 2001. This is perhaps fitting given Oregon created the nation’s first gas tax over a century ago in 1919.

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Category: Transportation
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Privacy Concerns Translate to Ballot Measures in 2020

Statewide ballot measures cover a broad range of topics, but privacy measures are not often among them, despite Americans’ growing concerns about the issue and an increasing number of consumer privacy bills introduced in state legislatures recently, many similar to and motivated by the California Consumer Privacy Act. This year, however, two significant privacy-protecting measures were on the ballot and approved by voters in California and Michigan.

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Remote Learning Creates Tradeoffs for Education Policymakers

As governors and public health officials imposed stay-at-home orders last spring, educators, students and families rapidly adjusted to digital learning and other emergency measures. Over the summer and fall, questions about whether and how schools would open safely have been top of mind for policymakers and millions of Americans.

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NCSL Kicks Off Project to Expand Understanding of Road User Charging

Since the early 2000s, states have been at the forefront of discussions to explore possible replacements for the motor fuel tax.

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Category: Transportation
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30 Years of Protection for Substance Use and Mental Illness Under the ADA

When President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990, it became the most sweeping piece of civil rights legislation ever enacted for people with disabilities.

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Some Noteworthy Election Firsts—and How Former State Lawmakers Fared

While most Americans were glued to the Presidential race between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump, history was being made down the ballot with several noteworthy firsts.

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Recounts? There’s a Law for That

Since the election, NCSL’s elections-info@ncsl.org inbox has been filled with citizen inquiries on how election recounts work. If they’re asking, it’s likely our constituents—lawmakers and legislative staff—want to know more too.

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Justices Signal the Entire ACA Is Unlikely to Be Overturned

The Supreme Court heard oral argument Tuesday in California v. Texas, a case where it is possible the Supreme Court could rule that a portion of the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional and strike down the entire law if it rules the individual mandate cannot be severed from the rest of the ACA.

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Honoring the Warriors Among Us

Visitors to our nation’s capital can add a new landmark to their must-see list. The National Native American Veterans Memorial will be unveiled to the public this Veterans Day on the grounds of the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian.

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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.