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State Legislatures Magazine: Legislative Leaders Pivot to Non-Virus Challenges

The traditions and customs of America’s legislatures have evolved and been nurtured for two centuries and are every bit as vital to their functioning as the deliberations over bills.

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Kavanaugh Allows Illinois Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order With Religious Exemption to Stand

Without explanation, without referring the matter to the entire Supreme Court, and without calling for a response, Justice Brett Kavanaugh denied a request for an emergency injunction to strike down Illinois Governor Pritzker’s executive order limiting gatherings to 50 people while exempting religious gathering. 

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SCOTUS Rules States May Sanction Faithless Electors

In Chiafalo v. Washington, the Supreme Court upheld Washington state’s law fining “faithless” electors that do not vote for the candidate that won the state’s popular vote.

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Parties can ask the Supreme Court on an emergency basis to reverse a lower court’s preliminary ruling. When the court “stays” or “refuses to stay” a lower court order it isn’t ruling on the merits of the case.

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 Four Supreme Court Justices Question First Amendment Precedent Problematic for States and Local Governments

In Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants the Supreme Court held 6-3 that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s (TCPA) debt-collection exception was content-based, failed strict scrutiny, and therefore violated the First Amendment.

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Reemployment Strategies That Work: Nevada’s Tested Approach Offers Path Forward

For policymakers facing staggering job losses from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, one state’s successful re-employment strategy may offer a template for moving forward.

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NCSL Celebrates ADA30 with Weeklong Web Series

As the signing anniversary of the American’s With Disabilities Act (ADA) approaches, NCSL and its partners in the State Exchange of Employment and Disability (SEED) plan to celebrate 30 years of the ADA by highlighting its impact and lasting legacy during the week of July 20-24.

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From Budget Health to Code Red: Fiscal Year 2020 is a Wrap

Happy new fiscal year! Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 ended on Tuesday for most states, closing the books on a difficult year of budgeting and kicking off what portends to be another.

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SCOTUS Rules U.S. Constitution Overrides State Constitution in Religious School Aid Case

In Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the Supreme Court held 5-4 that the U.S. Constitution’s Free Exercise Clause allows families to receive tax-credit funded scholarships to attend religious schools regardless of the Montana Constitution’s no-aid to sectarian schools provision.

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Take a (Virtual) Tour of Your State’s Capitol

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many states closed their capitols to the public and suspended guided tours, a staple for school-aged kids to learn about their state’s history and the role of the legislature.

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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.