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SCOTUS to Rule on Which Lower Court May Rule on WOTUS

We are one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court deciding the ultimate question regarding the “waters of the United States” regulations, which is, of course: "Are they lawful?"

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Improving Educational Outcomes Through Service and Legislative Action

Did you know that only 36 percent of the nation’s fourth graders are reading at or above proficiency? What about that students not reading proficiently by the end of third grade are four times less likely to graduate high school?

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What to Watch for in 2017 from State-Federal Emergency Management

The National Homeland Security Consortium outlined its members' top priorities for 2017 during its recent conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., in which NCSL participated.

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Redefining Biotechnology Three Decades Later

Biotechnology, or biotech, as it is sometimes referred to, isn’t the easiest word to define.

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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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What Lawmakers Did to Help Prevent Injuries in 2016

As state legislatures across the country are gearing up for the beginning of session, NCSL staff are looking back at 2016 state action on injury prevention, an important public health issue including child abuse and neglect, older adult falls, teen dating violence and traumatic brain injury.  

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2016 Child Support and Family Law Enactments

Child support and family law were again big topics for state legislatures during the 2016 legislative session.

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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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Many Are Critical of DHS Designation of Elections as Critical Infrastructure

The designation of election infrastructure as a critical infrastructure subsector under the Department of Homeland Security pleases some—especially election security advocates—and infuriates others on the grounds of federal “overreach” into states’ affairs. 

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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.