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How the Congressional Reconciliation Process Works

With Republicans maintaining their majorities in both houses of Congress and now controlling the White House, can they get their agenda passed and to the president's desk?

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Don’t Be Too Quick to Leave the FAST Act Behind

With the 115th Congress having gaveled into session last week and the 45th president set to take the oath of office later this month, one issue that many are focusing on is additional funding for surface transportation infrastructure.

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Trump May Need Justice Kennedy's Vote to Accomplish Regulatory Agenda

President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to get rid of numerous federal regulations adopted by the Obama administration. Impossible, many say, but if there is one man who may be able to make this happen it is U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

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Getting Rid of Regulations: How Can it be Done?

Despite the fact that the new administration has a menu of options to kill final federal regulations, the most effective options are likely the most difficult to achieve.

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Who Should Regulate Drones?

A diverse panel of federal, state and industry experts gathered in a session of the NCSL Capitol Forum on Thursday to discuss and debate what the proper role for states and the federal government is with regards to regulation of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS/drones).

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Just How Stable is American Democracy?

Yascha Mounk, a lecturer in government at Harvard, opened a session of the NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Committee by posing a chilling question: Just how stable is the U.S. system of democracy, and is it, in fact, on a pathway to unraveling?

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State Lawmakers Huddle With Their Federal Counterparts During Lobby Day

Just as uncertainty grips the nation's capital over what the new administration will portend, state legislators found their federal counterparts grappling with what will happen on a host of issues crucial to the states.

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Pre-emption Clause Too Narrow?  Expand it Via Regulation

Every time a federal agency thinks the scope of a pre-emption clause in federal law is too narrow may it just write a regulation expanding it?

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What a Trump Presidency Means for SCOTUS State and Local Cases

It is of course too soon to know—but never too soon to speculate!

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SCOTUS Accepts Term's First Pre-emption Case

Kindred Nursing Centers v. Clark is the only pre-emption case the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide so far this term. It involves a federal statute fairly characterized as a frequent flier before the court: the Federal Arbitration Act.

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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.