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Census Goes to SCOTUS

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross issued a memorandum earlier this year stating a citizenship question would be added to the 2020 census questionnaire.

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Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Enormous Cross Case

In Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission v. American Humanist Association, the Supreme Court will decide whether a local government has violated the First Amendment by displaying and maintaining a 93-year-old, 40-foot tall Latin cross memorializing soldiers who died in World War I.

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State and Local Legal Center Files Supreme Court Brief in an Excessive Fines Case

Indiana sought to forfeit Tyson Timbs’ Land Rover which he used to buy and transport heroin.

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Are Durational-Residency Requirements for Alcohol Retailers Constitutional?

The 21st amendment to the U.S. Constitution is famous because it repealed prohibition. The second section, which prohibits the transportation or importation of alcohol into a state in violation of state law, is less well-known.

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Supreme Court to Decide if States May Execute Those Who Can’t Remember their Crime

In Madison v. Alabama the Supreme Court will decide whether a state may execute someone whose mental disability leaves him or her with no memory of committing the capital offense.

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Tribal Case of Taxing Travel or Trade on Supreme Court Docket

The issue in Washington State Department of Licensing v. Cougar Den Inc. is whether the “right to travel” provision of the Yakama Nation Treaty preempts Washington’s tax and permit requirements for importing fuel.

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NCSL Joins SLCC Brief in Uranium Mining Case

The State and Local Legal Center filed a Supreme Court amicus brief in Virginia Uranium v. Warren arguing that Virginia’s ban on uranium mining isn’t pre-empted by the Atomic Energy Act.

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Supreme Court to Decide Whether State Law Claim Against Drug Manufacturer is Preempted

The Supreme Court has long resolved whether and when state law claims against drug manufacturers are preempted by federal law.

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SCOTUS to Decide if Tax Breaks for State and Local Government Retirees are Unlawful

For state legislatures Dawson v. Steager may be a case of no good deed going unpunished.

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Supreme Court to Decide When States May be Sued in Other States’ Courts

State sovereignty is front and center in Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt. This case is before the U.S. Supreme Court for (possibly a record-breaking) third time.

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