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Feds Support as States Lead in Communications System Emergency Response

Disasters such as the wildfires in California, flooding in Texas, and shootings in Florida highlight the importance of developing and evaluating state plans and making communications a top priority in disaster response. Recent disasters have highlighted the areas in which the federal government supports states.

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Forever Chemicals: What Are They, and How Are Governments Responding?

PFAS are found in a wide range of products you use daily—–from your cookware, to your rain jacket, to the pizza you ordered because you were running late and didn’t want to use your cookware. 

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For Now, SCOTUS Won’t Review Flint Water Crisis Case

The Flint water crisis was among the more notable events of the last decade. Unsurprisingly, it led to litigation.

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Capitol Forum Session Focuses on Federal and State Disaster Costs

Sharing the cost of disasters between federal and state agencies—and some steps to reduce those costs—were examined during a session on “Sharing the Cost of Disasters: State and Federal Spending” at the NCSL annual Capitol Forum.

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Valuable Lessons From Tribal Energy Leaders

NTES provided state and tribal leaders alike an opportunity to sit together, connect and exchange ideas about tribal energy efforts, the impacts on economies, the strides and the possibilities. Experiencing firsthand capacity building in motion and real ways to better understand and honor tribal sovereignty—and each other—participants gained broader perspectives and opportunities to advance energy goals, hopefully with a more holistic view.

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Long-Awaited Updates to Lead and Copper Rule Released—What’s Proposed?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced long-awaited proposed updates to its Lead and Copper Rule (LCR).

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States Would Gain Significant Authority in New Drone Bill

U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced the Drone integration and Zoning Act of 2019, restarting a multi-year conversation on the exact role states should play in the deployment of unmanned aircraft, commonly called drones.

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Virginia Wins Uranium Mining Preemption Case

The Supreme Court held 6-3 in Virginia Uranium v. Warren that Virginia’s statute prohibiting uranium mining isn’t preempted by the federal Atomic Energy Act (AEA).

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SCOTUS to Decide Superfund Case

Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Christian is a complicated case raising three legal issues which the Supreme Court has agreed to decide.

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Highlights From the 'Unified Agenda' Regulatory Actions

The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has released the Spring 2019 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. Commonly known as the “Unified Agenda,” the report is a semiannual update on the administration’s past, present and anticipated regulatory actions across the federal government.

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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.