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Part One: A Year in Review—2018 Federal Environmental Regulatory Actions

Since taking office, President Donald Trump has been adamant about regulatory reform, and 2018 has been no exception, with the administration hard at work with numerous deregulatory and regulatory actions. Here is the first of our two-part summary of a few of the major actions—both headline and page 3— that have the potential to significantly impact state laws and policies.

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2018 FAA Reauthorization Act and Disaster Recovery Reform Act Become Law

The new law includes what’s considered the most comprehensive disaster recovery reform package since Hurricane Katrina.

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Goodbye NAFTA, Hello USMCA

NAFTA may be dead, but USMCA isn’t much different.

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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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Supreme Court to Decide Whether State Law Claim Against Drug Manufacturer is Preempted

The Supreme Court has long resolved whether and when state law claims against drug manufacturers are preempted by federal law.

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State Legislatures Magazine: Federalism, School Safety, Energy Storage

What is the state of federalism today? That question anchors the cover story in the current issue of NCSL’s State Legislatures magazine.

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Voter Turnout, History and the States

Through the latest primaries at the end of June, voter turnout increased, with 13 million voters so far in the Democratic primaries (up from 8.7 at this point in 2014), and 12.3 million in Republican races, an increase of 2 million.

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State Legislatures Magazine: Federalism Forges On

The power-sharing relationship between the states and the federal government—the system we know as federalism—is as strained today as it was when the U.S. Constitution was written in 1787.

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Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Internet Sales Tax Case

In South Dakota v. Wayfair, South Dakota is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule precedent and hold that states and local governments may require retailers with no in-state physical presence to collect sales tax.

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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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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.