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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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NCSL Joins SLLC Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Remote Sales Tax Case

The State and Local Legal Center on behalf of NCSL and other state and local organizations filed a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief in one of the most important cases of the organizations' history: South Dakota v. Wayfair

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What to Expect on Federal Broadband Policy

Beginning in March, the Senate Commerce Committee will move on infrastructure proposals that are likely to include broadband internet policies.

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What's in the White House's Infrastructure Plan?

While the plan itself is a set of principles and proposals, any new federal funding or changes to existing environmental laws would require congressional action and it remains unclear if Congress will enact this plan, propose their own, or do nothing.

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Looking at a State's Role in Medicaid Work/Community Engagement Requirements

Last month the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a letter to state Medicaid directors announcing a new policy regarding work and community engagement requirements as an option for Medicaid eligibility. The Trump administration had prioritized these requirements early on, and CMS Administrator Seema Verma brings expertise on this issue from her previous work.

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District Court Orders Trump Administration to Temporarily Maintain DACA

A federal district court has issued a temporary nationwide injunction requiring the Trump administration to maintain much of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 

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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.