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Highlights From the 'Unified Agenda' Regulatory Actions

The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has released the Spring 2019 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. Commonly known as the “Unified Agenda,” the report is a semiannual update on the administration’s past, present and anticipated regulatory actions across the federal government.

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A Battle or a Handshake Ahead for Health Policy?

With the 116th Congress back in full swing and the chambers divided between a Democratic majority in the House and a Republican majority in the Senate, what are the expectations for health policy?

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Category: Federalism, Health
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National Emergency Declaration, Explained

The federal government faces another possible shutdown on Friday at midnight, if an agreement over funding for a border wall isn’t found. It’s also possible President Donald Trump may, by executive order, declare a national emergency to build the wall.  We decided to take a closer look at that process.

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NCSL Resources on Issues of State Concern Raised During the State of the Union

President Donald Trump touched on a number of issues of significant interest to states during Tuesday's State of the Union address. Here are NCSL resources related to those issues. 

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State and Local Legal Center Files Amicus Brief in Agency Authority Case

In an amicus brief in PDR Network, LLC v. Carlton & Harris Chiropractic Inc. the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) argues that federal courts should be able to refuse to apply federal agency orders which they deem inapplicable even if the orders are covered by the Hobbs Act.

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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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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.