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Cross-Branch Collaboration at the Front End of the Justice System

Solutions to some of the most difficult problems require collaboration. Judges, legislators, and government officials at all levels are working together to address the issue of burgeoning jail populations and specifically pretrial detention, which accounts for more than half of all jail inmates nationwide.

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Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Internet Sales Tax Case

In South Dakota v. Wayfair, South Dakota is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule precedent and hold that states and local governments may require retailers with no in-state physical presence to collect sales tax.

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SCOTUS to Hear Landmark Internet State Tax Case April 17

Since 1992, Quill v. North Dakota, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that prohibits a state from requiring out-of-state sellers to collect and remit the state’s sales tax, has been the law of the land.  In a few months, that may no longer be the case.

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Infrastructure: A Key Focus For States in 2018

To assist states in researching and assessing infrastructure policy options, NCSL has created Infrastructure Resources 2018, which includes existing NCSL resources covering transportation, energy, environment and military infrastructure.

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“Our American States” podcast: Students and legislatures - a two-way street

In this week’s “Our American States” podcast, we hear from two legislators working actively to engage student’s in their districts by going into the classroom to connect and educate them about representative democracy and the American form of government.

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FEMA Releases 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

The Federal Emergency Management Agency released it’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan on Thursday.

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Will Federal Government Overrule States on Occupational Licensing?

Congressmen from both sides of the aisle echoed state lawmakers' skepticism about the effects of excessive occupational licensing during a recent hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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States Leading: NCSL Partners to Showcase Work on Education

NCSL is partnering with other policymaker organizations to highlight innovative policies and best practices to improve the nation’s schools. 

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Category: NCSL, Education
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Lawmakers Gather in Ohio for Learning Circle

Several legislators participated in a Learning Circle at the headquarters of the Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio, last November. They were seeking answers to some important questions are perennially asked by legislators and citizens alike.

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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Scope of Practice Policy Website Celebrates 1 Year

February marks the one year anniversary of the ScopeofPracticePolicy.org website, an important national resource for state policymakers about scope of practice issues for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dental hygienists and dental therapists.

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About the NCSL Blog

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.