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State Authority Under Double Jeopardy Clause on Line in SCOTUS Case

The Fifth Amendment’s Double Jeopardy Clause, which prohibits a person from being prosecuted more than once for the same conduct, is a familiar concept.

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Will SCOTUS' Halloween-Month Case Be Trick or Treat for Landowners?

What better time than the month of Halloween for the Supreme Court to hear a case centered on a cemetery?

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New NCSL Podcast: How Recent Supreme Court Rulings Will Affect States’ Rights

From online shopping and wedding cakes to sports gambling and travel bans, the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest session prescribed a wide range of important political and legal precedents.

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Supreme Court Roundup: It Wasn't Just Wayfair

Los Angeles—The U.S. Supreme Court's decision allowing states to collect sales and use taxes on online purchases was a historic and long-fought victory for states, but other cases this term were important for states, NCSL's Supreme Court analyst Lisa Soronen told a session Monday at NCSL's Legislative Summit.

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NCSL Past President Testifies on Wayfair Decision Before Congress

Senator Curt Bramble (R-Utah), NCSL past president, testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Tuesday on behalf of NCSL at a hearing examining the the South Dakota v. Wayfair decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court in June that states can require businesses without a physical presence in the state to collect and remit sales taxes on in-state transactions.

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What Does Wayfair Case Mean for State Legislatures?

Online retailers have revolutionized the way we shop. From practical goods like groceries to frivolous finds like decorations for your pet’s birthday party, you can now purchase practically anything without ever leaving your home.

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What a Month June Was For Redistricting

During June, the court touched on five redistricting cases in some way or other. But that’s not all. Two cases burbling along in lower courts made June headlines, too.

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Dig Deep into the Supreme Court's Term With this Free Webinar Series

The Supreme Court term is over. which means it's time to dig into "what does it mean" territory so you can amaze your friends with your SCOTUS insights at cocktail parties and cookouts. Herewith, a series of webinars organized by the State and Local Legal Center and hosted by an all-star group of organizations

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Supreme Court Sends Qualified Immunity Win Back to Lower Court

Numerous academics have complained about the Supreme Court frequently reversing lower court decisions that have denied police officers qualified immunity. In Sause v. Bauer the Court reversed (and remanded) a grant of qualified immunity.

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Supreme Court Deals Blow to Unions in Janus Case

The U.S. Supreme Court held 5-4 in Janus v. AFSCME that state statutes allowing public sector employers and unions to agree that employees who don’t join the union must still pay their “fair share” of collective bargaining costs violate the First Amendment.

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