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Let’s Go Fly A … Drone: FAA Releases Final Rule for Small UAS Commercial Operations

The Federal Aviation Administration Tuesday told commercial drone pilots what they can and can't do with their small, unmanned aircraft.

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SCOTUS Hands State Courts a Victory

A small victory—perhaps. A hard to explain victory—certainly. 

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SCOTUS: Private Debt Collectors Can Use State Letterhead Collection Practice

Sheriff v. Gillie is the kind of case U.S. Supreme Court justices must dream about deciding, especially when the court is short a justice: straightforward, noncontroversial, and easy to agree on.

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SCOTUS Victory for States Sued Out-of-State

If your state gets sued out-of-state it might not be as bad as you think, thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision in Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt.

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Rulemaking on Federal Education Law Crucial for State Flexibility

The work of federal negotiators determining federal parameters for state implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) kicks into high gear today.

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Feds to Help States Think Outside the Gas Pump

The program provides funding to states to help them develop alternatives to the gas tax that utilize a user fee structure to help fund the nation’s systems of highways, roads, bridges and mass transit through the Federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF).

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What's Old Is New Again

While a more common phrase in the fashion, design or music industry, the U.S. Department Transportation (DOT) decided to get in on the act when, on March 8, it released guidance for states on how to repurpose nearly $2 billion in previously appropriated earmark funds.

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At What Cost? NCSL President Testifies on Unfunded Mandates

NCSL President and Utah Senate President Pro Tempore Curt Bramble carried a simple message to Congress at a Senate subcommittee hearing on Wednesday: "Knock it off.”

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Putting the Focus on Fiscal Facts

This updated fact sheet aims to set the record straight when it comes to the misinformation and misperceptions of state and local finances.

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10th Circuit Upholds Colorado's Law to Collect Remote Use Tax

A dream shared by states and local governments nationwide may be realized shortly in Colorado. Use tax collection on Internet purchases in the state may increase.

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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.