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Supreme Court Next Stop for Internet Sales Tax Case?

Following its predictable loss before the South Dakota Supreme Court, South Dakota is expected to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that its law requiring out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax is constitutional. Doing so will require the U.S. Supreme Court to take the unusual step of overruling precedent. 

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State Legislatures Magazine: Get Your Fill of Federalism

Who calls the shots, the states or the federal government? The answer, according to the U.S. Constitution, is both—it just depends on the duty or power in question. 

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Key Provisions in Senate Health Care Bill

Senate Republican leaders late last week released a working draft of a Senate version of the American Health Care Act entitled the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. Senate leaders are anticipating the package will be considered on the floor of the chamber sometime this week. It remains unclear if there are 50 votes committed to pass the bill.

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NCSL States Its Case on Infrastructure

NCSL, represented by Utah Senator and immediate past NCSL President Curt Bramble, joined state and local leaders from the National Association of Counties, United States Conference of Mayors, and National League of Cities for a robust conversation about the role of state and local governments in building, maintaining and improving America’s infrastructure and how Congress can help support the nation’s infrastructure needs.

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Presidential Order Aims to Strengthen Cybersecurity of Federal Networks, Infrastructure

The president issued an executive order on May 11 that aims to improve cybersecurity across the federal network..

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DeVos Issues Revised ESSA State Plan Template

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has  issued a revised template for state education plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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Congressional Review Act 101 - A Brief Overview

The Congressional Review Act had only been used once before the 115th Congress. But with the inauguration of President Donald Trump, and a Republican majority in Congress, using the act is proving to be much more successful than in years past.

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Trump's Executive Order Puts WOTUS on Notice

Fulfilling one of his major campaign promises, on Feb. 28, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to begin the process of reviewing, and possibly rescinding, the Environmental Protection Administration’s (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Clean Water Rule: Definition of Waters of the United States.

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NCSL Staff Meets with House Cannabis Caucus Organizer

NCSL Law, Criminal Justice, and Public Safety staff met with one of the legislative directors behind a newly-created bipartisan House Cannabis Caucus.

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Ahoy! The Future of the Filibuster

The filibuster (from a Dutch word meaning “pirate”) is a stalling technique, often used by the minority party to take over the floor and delay or block a vote on a particular bill.

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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.