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Senator David Carlucci (R-N.Y.) visited Washington, D.C. to help NCSL showcase state leadership in privacy and consumer protection.

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Coronavirus, A Federal and State Rundown

In the midst of flu season, the news over the past few weeks has been dominated by a new virus known as the coronavirus. The outbreak of the virus originated in the city of Wuhan in the Hubei province of China. 

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FAST Act Reauthorization Crucial, Storey Tells AASHTO

It is crucial that Congress reauthorize the FAST Act, the current federal authorization for surface transportation, which expires Sept. 30, NCSL Executive Director Tim Storey told the winter meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Thursday in Washington, D.C.

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Trump's $4.8 Trillion Budget Kicks Off Appropriations Process

President Donald Trump submitted his $4.8 trillion budget request for funding federal government operations last week initiating the FY2021 appropriations process.

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DHS Releases Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking and Other Crimes

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its first strategy to strengthen the United States’ role in combating human trafficking, the importation of goods produced with forced labor, and child sexual exploitation.

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State Driver’s Licenses and Immigrants

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has moved to bar New Yorkers from the Trusted Traveler program, which allows faster security checks when returning to the U.S.  DHS took this action in response to New York’s “Green Light Law,” allowing unauthorized immigrants to receive a driver’s license, and prohibiting disclosure of licensing information to the DHS.

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Feds Support as States Lead in Communications System Emergency Response

Disasters such as the wildfires in California, flooding in Texas, and shootings in Florida highlight the importance of developing and evaluating state plans and making communications a top priority in disaster response. Recent disasters have highlighted the areas in which the federal government supports states.

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NCSL Fly-In: A Green Light for Hemp?

Representative Jeni Arndt (D-Colo.), co-chair of NCSL's Agriculture Task Force, took part in a panel discussion Thursday on the challenges and opportunities facing the hemp industry at the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Foster our Future meeting this week in Washington, D.C.

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The States’ Prescription for Controlling Drug Prices

Representative Tom Oliverson (R-Texas) and Delegate Bonnie Cullison (D-Md.) joined staff from the NCSL Washington, D.C. office this week to meet with members of Congress, congressional committee staff, and intergovernmental partners at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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FY 2020 Budget Breakdown: A Final Analysis for States

President Donald Trump signed, after Congress passed, two fiscal spending packages—defense-related (H.R.1158) and non-defense-related (H.R. 1865)—worth a total of $1.4 trillion just before the holidays, avoiding another partial government shutdown and funding the government through Sept. 30, 2020.

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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.