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Bringing Franking Into the 21st Century

How to regulate franking in an era when more messages arrive in your digital inbox than your physical mailbox was the focus of last week’s convening of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. 

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State and Local Cybersecurity Day on the Hill

NCSL co-hosted a congressional briefing this morning with the National Governors Association and the National Association of Chief Information Officers to address the state and local roles, responsibilities and challenges of cybersecurity.

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States, Not Feds, Should Oversee Sports Betting

Since the Supreme Court paved the way for legalized sports betting, 13 states actively operate legal sports betting marketplaces, while several other states have legalized sports wagering and plan to get their systems up and running soon.

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States Would Gain Significant Authority in New Drone Bill

U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced the Drone integration and Zoning Act of 2019, restarting a multi-year conversation on the exact role states should play in the deployment of unmanned aircraft, commonly called drones.

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Breaking Down the Bipartisan Act of 2019: Caps, Ceilings and CHIMPS

After protracted negotiations between House leaders and the administration which began this spring, the House mustered enough votes to pass legislation that would raise spending caps for two years, suspend the debt ceiling, and ultimately pave the way for progress on the fiscal year 2020 appropriations process. 

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Highlights From the 'Unified Agenda' Regulatory Actions

The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has released the Spring 2019 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. Commonly known as the “Unified Agenda,” the report is a semiannual update on the administration’s past, present and anticipated regulatory actions across the federal government.

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EPA Clarifies Clean Water Act Requirements to Groundwater

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week issued an Interpretive Statement clarifying the application of Clean Water Act (CWA) permitting requirements to groundwater, recognizing the state’s leadership role in protecting groundwater and providing certainty to states and others who implement and enforce EPA’s federal permitting programs.

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Preemption Takes Center Stage Amid Federal Data Privacy Action

Spurred by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and the 2020 effective date of California’s Consumer Privacy Act, Congress is again undertaking the elusive task of passing a comprehensive national data privacy bill.

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Pentagon Identifies Projects Potentially Affected by Emergency Declaration

President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to build a border wall could affect up to $3.6 billion in military construction funds, known as MILCON,  intended to be used for military readiness, housing and other projects in states.

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Breaking Down the President's FY 2020 Budget Proposal

The Office of Management and Budget released a portion of the president’s $4.7 trillion fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget request, which calls for a 9 percent reduction in discretionary spending for nondefense activities, but an increase of 5 percent, or $33.4 billion over FY 2019 levels for defense spending.

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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.