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Federal District Court Rejects Obama Overtime Rule

A federal district judge in Texas has invalidated Obama administration overtime regulations that would have made it more likely states and local governments would have had to pay more employees overtime.

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Money and Marijuana: An Uneasy Alliance for Bankers

The legal marijuana business has exploded into a multibillion-dollar industry in the past several years and will grow even more once California and others states implement recreational sales. Banking and insurance services, however, remain difficult for the industry to access because of conflict between state and federal laws. And with the vast majority of states allowing some level of access to marijuana products, the situation is reaching a tipping point.

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Should Services Be Taxed Like Physical Goods?

States should be looking at ways of expanding their sales tax long term as the nation moves to a more service economy, Scott Drenkard of the Tax Foundation, told a Legislative Summit session on "Is Taxation of Services Inevitable?"

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NCSL's Legislative Summit Convenes Sunday in Boston

At a time when the role of state legislatures has never been more crucial to the nation's governance, NCSL's annual Legislative Summit convenes Sunday in Boston.

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On the Road to Fully Self-Driving Vehicles

North Carolina became the 20th state to enact legislation addressing autonomous vehicles by passing two new laws on July 21.

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Responding to the Growth of Local Jails

At least 700,000 people were held in local jails each day during 2015, making the first time local jail population reached that number. By contrast, the number in 1970 was just 157,000 people.

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Senator Deb Peters: States' Rights is Not a Doctrine of Convenience

NCSL President-elect Senator Deb Peters (R) of South Dakota testified before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law today in opposition to the No Regulation Without Representation Act, H.R. 2887.

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Supreme Court Takes Cake Case

The issue in this case before the U.S. Supreme Court is whether Colorado's public accommodations law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, violates a cake artist’s First Amendment free speech and free exercise rights.

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Putting Kids First in Massachusetts

Her love of American history led Christie Getto Young to Boston for graduate school. After earning her master’s degree in social work, she joined the legislature’s Joint Committee on Human Services, where the research analyst discovered an affinity for policy work.

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State, Local Governments Win 'Takings' Case

Good news for states with “merger” laws. You can keep them on the books.

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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.