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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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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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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.