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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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DOJ Pulls Advance Rulemakings for State and Local Government Accessibility

Since 2010 states and local governments have been waiting for the Department of Justice to issue regulations requiring them to increase website, equipment and furniture, and 9-1-1 accessibility for persons with disabilities. The wait is over. The regulations are no longer in the works—for now.

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House Passes Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

The U.S. House has passed H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow individuals who hold a concealed carry license to bring firearms across state lines, or possess them in other states regardless of state laws. The vote was 231-198.

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Functional Federalism: Defining a New Partnership

A group of chairs and vice chairs of state legislative Intergovernmental Relations Committees, led by NCSL's president, South Dakota Senator Deb Peters (R), sat down with Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and other members of the Speaker’s Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs to discuss ways to restore the balance of power between the states and federal government.

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The Formidable Task of Reopening Schools in Wake of Hurricanes

Watching the news on Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey, I can’t help but think back and remember the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that hit the Gulf Coast states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Texas in 2005.

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Sunday Is Constitution Day

Constitution Day, celebrated on Sunday this year, is a national holiday to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.

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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.