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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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Should States Be Able to Allow Sports Gambling?

What's at stake? Of the $58 billion wagered last year on NFL and college football games, $56 billion was bet illegally through bookies or online operations, Nevada Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton (D) told a session on "The Future of Sports Betting."

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TV Spectrum Changes Will Affect Millions of Viewers

On Nov. 17, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released new tools to assist more than 150 broadcasters as they continue the process of transitioning TV stations onto new channels following the FCC incentive auction. The incentive auction is designed to ease congestion on existing wireless networks.

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Senate Bill Aims to Fix Background Check System for Gun Purchases

The Fix NICS Act, now awaiting action in the Senate Judiciary Committee, seeks to improve data gathering and reporting requirements in place under the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which is designed to maintain a comprehensive account of people with high-risk characteristics for use during firearm purchases. 

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Countdown Begins For States, Tribes, Territories in Volkswagen  Settlement

The trust effective date for the Environmental Mitigation Trust under the Volkswagen Settlement was set for today, marking the beginning of when potential beneficiaries can apply to receive funding.

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The Formidable Task of Reopening Schools in Wake of Hurricanes

Watching the news on Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey, I can’t help but think back and remember the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that hit the Gulf Coast states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Texas in 2005.

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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.