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Infrastructure: A Key Focus For States in 2018

To assist states in researching and assessing infrastructure policy options, NCSL has created Infrastructure Resources 2018, which includes existing NCSL resources covering transportation, energy, environment and military infrastructure.

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State Legislatures Magazine: Underground Pipelines a Hidden Danger

Nearly four times a day. That’s how frequently underground natural gas pipelines were damaged by digging or excavating in Colorado in 2015, The Denver Post reported last year. That might sound like a lot, but in Pennsylvania the rate is more than twice as high.

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Key Environmental, Agricultural Issues in Omnibus Bill

Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, more commonly referred to as the FY 2018 omnibus. NCSL staff compiled summaries covering environmental and agricultural issues. 

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What's In the Omnibus Bill for Transportation and Energy

NCSL Natural Resource and Infrastructure Committee staff compiled summaries covering transportation, energy and health and human services in the 2018 Omnibus bill. Other federal departments will be covered in a subsequent post.

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FEMA Releases 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

The Federal Emergency Management Agency released it’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan on Thursday.

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Mr. Dusky Gopher Frog Goes to Washington

The first case the U.S. Supreme Court has accepted for next term involves the lowly and nearly extinct dusky gopher frog.

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Supreme Court to Decide Tribal Fishing Rights Case

In the mid-1800s, Indian tribes in the Pacific Northwest entered into treaties guaranteeing them a right to off-reservation fishing. In Washington v. United States the Supreme Court will decide whether the “fishing clause” guarantees “that the number of fish would always be sufficient to provide a ‘moderate living’ to the tribes.”

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What Happens Now to WOTUS?

In National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense the Supreme Court held unanimously that a legal challenge to the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) must begin in a federal district court, and not a federal court of appeals. What this ruling means for the 2015 WOTUS definitional rule is unclear.

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Addressing Cybersecurity in the Age of Autonomous Vehicles

Researchers are hopeful the auonomous operation will drastically reduce the 94 percent of serious automobile crashes attributable to driver error, but the question hanging over the technology is how the vehicles can be made secure from outside forces taking control. 

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How to Respond to the Growing Threat of Wildfires?

Washington Representative Ed Orcutt (R) observed that the NCSL Capitol Forum session on wildfire response he moderated "was a little more timely than we would have liked."

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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.