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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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Capitol Forum Session Focuses on Federal and State Disaster Costs

Sharing the cost of disasters between federal and state agencies—and some steps to reduce those costs—were examined during a session on “Sharing the Cost of Disasters: State and Federal Spending” at the NCSL annual Capitol Forum.

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Federal Health Agencies Explore Myriad Issues

Over the past few months HHS, CMS, the FDA and the CDC have been working on a number of policies through proposed and draft rules, published final rules and guidance sent to the states.

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States Avoid Major Pothole With Repeal of $7.6 Billion Transportation Rescission

Congress enacted, and the president signed, the Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Further Health Extenders Act of 2019 on Nov. 21.

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Congress Looking to States for Best Procedural Practices

What can Congress learn from the states? Quite a bit actually. In fact, The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress was established to learn how to make Congress work better for the American people.

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NCSL Cybersecurity Task Force Co-Chair Promotes Collaboration in D.C.

Cybersecurity Task Force Co-chair and California Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin met with staff members from the U.S. Senate and Department of Homeland Security last week to promote state leadership in cybersecurity and data privacy, share lessons learned, and encourage further collaboration and support from the federal government.

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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.