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State Legislatures Magazine: California Fighting Throwaway Culture

Want to sip your drink through a straw? At many California restaurants, you’ll soon have to ask for one.

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NCSL Joins SLCC Brief in Uranium Mining Case

The State and Local Legal Center filed a Supreme Court amicus brief in Virginia Uranium v. Warren arguing that Virginia’s ban on uranium mining isn’t pre-empted by the Atomic Energy Act.

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EPA Unveils Affordable Clean Energy Rule to Replace Clean Power Plan

On Aug. 21, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to replace the 2015 Clean Power Plan (CPP), which the agency has separately proposed to repeal.

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Third Industrial Revolution Needed to Battle Climate Change, Says Author

Los Angeles—The United States and the world needs a third industrial revolution to battle the forces of climate change and slowing economic growth, Jeremy Rifkin told a session on "The Grid of the Future" during Monday's opening day of NCSL's Legislative Summit.

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Cleaning Up with Future Generations in Mind

Many Native American tribes hold a perspective that today’s actions can have an impact on future generations. This perspective can apply to a broad range of topics, but it has special significance as it relates to the nation’s nuclear weapons legacy.

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Lawmakers Tackling PFAS in Drinking Water

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, or PFAS, are man-made chemicals found in waters across this country. Legislatures are tackling this problem, none more so than in Michigan.

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Hawaii Throws Shade on Coral-harming Sunscreens

Hawaii just became the first state to ban sunscreens harmful to coral reefs.

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NRI Committee Webinar Thusday: Federal-State Disaster Mitigation

NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee, with jurisdiction over transportation, environment, energy and agriculture issues, is pleased to announce its annual Spring Webinar Series beginning May 3, and continuing through June 28.

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EPA Seeks State Input on Chemicals

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt reached out to EPA’s “co-regulators”—state and local environmental officials—last week regarding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS chemicals.

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Biggest Growth Sector in the Rural Economy Is ...

Can you guess the biggest growth industry in Rural America? Its not oil, not natural gas. It's not agriculture. It's definitely not manufacturing.

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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.