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Colorado Abolishes Capital Punishment

Colorado became the 22nd state to abolish capital punishment when Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 100 yesterday.

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Alaska Lawmaker Part of New COVID-19 Website

NCSL has been tracking state actions on the new coronavirus (COVID-19) for a couple of weeks. Now, maybe, it’s time to track legislators' individual actions on it. Here’s a starting place.

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While the nation is gripped with anxiety about the coronavirus pandemic, state legislators should consider several ways to connect with their constituents through social media to disseminate reliable COVID-19 information, including sharing  important resources now available through the White House.

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SCOTUS Will Hear Case Regarding Governors’ Authority to Appoint Judges

Delaware’s Constitution requires that three state courts be balanced between the two major political parties. The main question before the U.S. Supreme Court in Carney v. Adams is whether this scheme violates the First Amendment. 

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Bringing Franking Into the 21st Century

How to regulate franking in an era when more messages arrive in your digital inbox than your physical mailbox was the focus of last week’s convening of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. 

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As College Football Turns 150, Lawmakers Reflect on Lessons Learned on the Gridiron

Nov. 6, 1869, was a monumental day in the history of college sports. With football season well underway, we look back at that fall afternoon when Princeton University and Rutgers University clashed in the first college football game to be played in the U.S. Today, we celebrate a pair of former college football players who have risen to leadership roles in their legislatures.

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Join the National Tribal Energy Summit Via Streaming

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and NCSL combine forces this week to host the 2019 National Tribal Energy Summit (NTES) at the Westin City Center in Washington, D.C.

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How to Talk to Kids About Civics? Use NCSL's New Legislators Talking Points Card

It’s a familiar nightmare to many, in some way shape or form, you find yourself standing at the front of a classroom of school children, looking up at you, waiting, for you to tell them something interesting.

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In Memoriam: Earl Mackey, First Executive Director of NCSL

Earl Mackey, the leading architect and first executive director of the National Conference of State Legislatures, died on Aug. 26 in Portland, Ore. He was 81.

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POTUS Can’t Block Critics on Twitter, Says Federal Appeals Court

The decision, which affirmed the lower court’s ruling, may signal how First Amendment doctrine limits public officials’ use of social media in other contexts as well.

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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.