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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Roe v. Wade

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case challenging whether a woman has a constitutional right to an abortion before a fetus becomes viable. The court’s prior rulings in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey have affirmed that right.

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NCSL hosted a virtual congressional Hill briefing, “Temporary Assistance of Needy Families (TANF): State Challenges, Successes and Priorities,” on May 14, with a panel of bipartisan legislators, including Senator Ralph Alvarado (R-Ky.) and Representative Ann Pugh (D-Vt.).

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NCSL has released a new LegisBrief to state policymakers, "Preventing Military Veteran Suicides: State Policy Options."

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Immigration Congressional Hearings | April 2021 Highlights

Congress held several hearings on immigration issues in late April, including how to improve the U.S.’s legal immigration system and manage the increase in unaccompanied children arriving at the border.

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NCSL Co-Hosts Hill Briefing on Policing

As Congress grapples with federal policing reform legislation, NCSL was joined by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) for a briefing on policing issues in the states.

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A Case Study: Redistricting in Ohio

In the 2010s, the Ohio General Assembly took the unusual steps of putting redistricting reform measures before Buckeye voters—twice.

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In New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Corlett the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether states may prevent persons from obtaining a concealed-carry license for self-defense if they lack “proper cause.”

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In Houston Community College System v. Wilson the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the First Amendment restricts the authority of an elected body to issue a censure resolution in response to a member’s speech.

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NCSL Celebrates Legislative Staff Week May 3-7

Thank you to the 30,000-plus legislative staff throughout the country and territories who keep their legislatures running, even in the more challenging years—and challenging is certainly one word that could be used to describe the 12-plus months.

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Lawmakers Weigh In on Census Data

Yesterday's long-awaited news from the U.S. Census Bureau about which states gained and lost congressional seats drew quick responses from state lawmakers.

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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.