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Former State Legislators in the 116th Congress

Looking closer at the 116th Congress, 49 states have at least one former state legislator serving in either the House or Senate, Delaware being the exception. In total, the 116th Congress has 27 new members who are former state legislators.

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The Shutdown Is Here: What to Expect

Disagreement over the president’s $5 billion request for a border wall has resulted in an impasse on the passage of the remaining FY 2019 spending bills and a partial federal shutdown.

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How Many Former State Legislators Serve in Congress?

When the 116th Congress convenes on Jan. 3, 2019, several of the new class of U.S. Senators and Representatives are likely to be former state legislators.

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Unaccompanied Minors and the Flores Settlement Agreement: What to Know

The Flores settlement requires that minors in INS custody must be housed in facilities that meet certain standards, including state standards for housing and care of dependent children.

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Transportation Actions in Fall Unified Agenda

Earlier this month, the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs released the Fall 2018 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.

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Congress Passes 5-Year FAA Reauthorization Act

Congress passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018 (HR 302) on Oct. 3.

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Goodbye NAFTA, Hello USMCA

NAFTA may be dead, but USMCA isn’t much different.

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Medical Cannabis Poses Challenges, Opportunities

In light of the ongoing opioid misuse crisis, state and federal policymakers and health care experts are searching for new ways to effectively treat the ill. One area of growing interest among public and clinical health researchers alike is cannabis for medical use.

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NCSL Past President Testifies on Wayfair Decision Before Congress

Senator Curt Bramble (R-Utah), NCSL past president, testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Tuesday on behalf of NCSL at a hearing examining the the South Dakota v. Wayfair decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court in June that states can require businesses without a physical presence in the state to collect and remit sales taxes on in-state transactions.

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Senate Appropriations Committee Passes FY 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed S. 3109 last week, setting FY 2019 appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security.

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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.