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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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Disposing of Nuclear Waste an Industry Priority - But Where?

Nuclear plants provide 20 percent of the nation's power carbon-free but the industry faces a significant challenge: what to do with spent nuclear fuel.

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Wisconsin Seeks Solutions to Replacing Lead Service Lines

Wisconsin, like many states following the lead in water situation in Flint, Mich., struggled to figure out how to fund the replacement of lead service lines.

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Maine Clarifies its Food Sovereignty Law

The Maine Legislature, like many states, enacted a law designed to make it easier for food vendors to sell their products without regulatory interference.

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