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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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 Is Merger Doomed?  SCOTUS to Decide

Whoever thought up merger provision in law probably long ago gave up worrying if it was unconstitutional, if they even ever thought about it. But now that person—and numerous cities, counties, and states—have reason to worry.

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SCOTUS Adopts New Theory of Liability Under False Claims Act

Fraud against the federal government is a problem for the states in particular when the fraud involves money taken from a federal-state program like Medicaid, which is what was alleged to have happened in Universal Health Services v. U.S. ex. rel. Escobar. The Supreme Court adopted a new theory of liability under the False Claims Act in this case. 

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Alabama Sued Over Internet Sales Tax

An internet retailer has filed suit against Alabama claiming its new rule requiring that all retailers who sell more than $250,000 in goods annually must collect sales tax—regardless of whether the retailer has a physical presence in the state—is unconstitutional.

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Playground Dispute Gets to Supreme Court

In Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether Missouri can refuse to allow a religious preschool to receive a state grant to resurface its playground based on Missouri’s “super-Establishment Clause.”   

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Big News on Overtime

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule on overtime pay that could have sizable impacts for workers, businesses, and governments across the country.

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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.