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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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Harvey Deluge Swamps State, Federal Resources

The devastation of Hurricane Harvey comes on top of earlier disasters like wildfires, floods, earthquakes that have stressed federal resources to the limit. FEMA’s disaster relief fund is down to $3.3. billion. Any additional funding will require an appropriation from Congress.

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State Legislatures Magazine: Get Your Fill of Federalism

Who calls the shots, the states or the federal government? The answer, according to the U.S. Constitution, is both—it just depends on the duty or power in question. 

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Senator Deb Peters: States' Rights is Not a Doctrine of Convenience

NCSL President-elect Senator Deb Peters (R) of South Dakota testified before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law today in opposition to the No Regulation Without Representation Act, H.R. 2887.

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Can Crumbling Infrastructure be Solved by Regulatory Reform and a Streamlined Process?

The latest report card for our nation’s infrastructure shows a significant need for improvement, so much so, that if graded like America’s youth, it would be a prime target for summer school.

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SCOTUS Ignores Agency Deference Issue in Preemption Case

There was always a good chance the Supreme Court was going to ignore the issue the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) briefed because it was only implicit in one of the questions the Supreme Court agreed to decide in Coventry Health Care of Missouri v. Nevils.

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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.