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NCSL, Lawmakers Brief Congressional Staff on Importance of Infrastructure Funding

Encouraged by the recent bipartisan talks between Congress and the White House, NCSL held a virtual briefing for congressional staff on Capitol Hill stressing the importance of infrastructure as a top state budget and policy priority.

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NRI Committee Launches 2021 Webinar Series

NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee, with jurisdiction over agriculture, energy, environment and transportation issues, is pleased to announce its annual Spring Webinar Series beginning April 29 and continuing through June 24.

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State Elections 2020: Gambling Ballot Measures

No surprise that 2020 has left many feeling down on their luck.

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 Responding to 'Murder Hornets' Before States Get Stung

The Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia) is a new invasive pest in North America that if left unchecked has the potential to devastate honey bee colonies in some states.

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Renewable Natural Gas: Up-and-Coming Renewable Energy Contender?

As states consider clean energy goals and efforts to reduce emissions across the transportation and power sectors, some state legislatures, utilities and the natural gas industry are examining the potential for renewable natural gas.

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FEMA Releases 2020 Operational Guidance as Hurricane Season Begins, Capacity Concerns Circulate

Management Agency’s capacity to respond to upcoming natural disasters while leading the national COVID-19 response.

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COVID-19 Slows the Clean Energy Workforce

Several states have pursued legislation designed to expand the number of clean energy jobs in their state, including legislation that creates new requirements or funding mechanisms for expanding the already-growing clean energy workforce.

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COVID-19 Brings Renewed Focus to Clogs in the System

The coronavirus has exacerbated a problem that has been congealing in pipes across the country for some time— the disposal of wipes down the toilet along with other substances that are clogging wastewater systems.

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SCOTUS Takes Middle of the Road Position in Groundwater Clean Water Act Case

In County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund the Supreme Court held 6-3 that when there is a “functional equivalent of a direct discharge” from a point source to navigable waters an appropriate permit is required under the Clean Water Act. 

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SCOTUS Rules Against Bringing State Law Claims in Superfund Case

In a 7-2 decision in Atlantic Richfield v. Christian the Supreme Court held that landowners located on a Superfund site who wanted additional remedies beyond the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plan to clean up the site could not sue in state court,

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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.