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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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SCOTUS to Pick Winner Between Local Governments and Big Banks

Trouble over phantom accounts isn’t the only problem Wells Fargo is currently facing.

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States Sue Over New Overtime Rule

Twenty-one states are suing the U.S. Department of Labor over new overtime rules that make it more likely states will have to pay more employees overtime.

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Attorney General Releases Supplemental Guidelines on Juvenile Sex Offender Registration

The Supplemental Guidelines for Juvenile Registration Under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, which became effective on Monday, provide for greater flexibility of jurisdictions in how they choose to substantially implement the juvenile registration requirement of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

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Senate Approves Mandatory GMO Labeling Bill; Pre-empts State Authority

The Senate has approved a bill requiring mandatory labeling of certain bioengineered products while also preempting any existing or future state labeling requirements.

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Fair or Foul? A Look at the Rules Behind the House Sit-In

The sit-in, unusual and unexpected, by Democracts in the U.S. House ended on Thursday, more than a day after it began. While others will debate whether the action was effective or appropriate, our concern is one of legislative history: Was it unprecedented?

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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.