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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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EPA Seeks State Input on Chemicals

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt reached out to EPA’s “co-regulators”—state and local environmental officials—last week regarding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS chemicals.

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House Appropriations Subcommittee Votes to Increase Justice Funding

The House Appropriations Commerce-Justice-Science Subcommittee approved its FY 2019 spending bill on May 9 by voice vote.

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NCSL Hosting Webinar on New Child Welfare Law at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday

NCSL is hosting a webinar for legislators and staff at 2 p.m., ET, Wednesday, to explain and answer questions about the Family First Prevention Services Act.

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Infrastructure: A Key Focus For States in 2018

To assist states in researching and assessing infrastructure policy options, NCSL has created Infrastructure Resources 2018, which includes existing NCSL resources covering transportation, energy, environment and military infrastructure.

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Senate Committee Passes Legislation Reauthorizing the Department of Homeland Security

The Senate Homeland Security Committee has passed HR 2825, which would reauthorize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the first time since its inception in 2002.

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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.