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SCOTUS Pre-empts State All-Payers Claims Database Laws

If your state is one of nearly 20 states with an all-payers claims database (APCD) law, your law is pre-empted, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled.

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Supreme Court's Impact on Juvenile Sentencing

Significant federal court rulings during the past decade continue to reshape juvenile justice policy across the nation as the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly prohibited the most serious punishments for juvenile offenders.

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6th Circuit Claims Jurisdiction to Decide Clean Water Rule Challenge

In a 2-1 decision the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that it—rather than a federal district court—has jurisdiction to decide whether the Clean Water Rule, clarifying the scope of the “waters of the United States (WOTUS),” exceeds the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority.

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Supreme Court to Re-examine Standard for Determining Indian Reservation Diminishment

What happened when land on an Indian reservation was opened to settlers? Did the land lose its reservation status? What if an Indian tribe tries to regulate a city now located on that land?

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It's All ABout Alaska

Imagine yourself (if you can) on an Alaska moose hunting trip riding along in your hovercraft. Oh no your hovercraft has just broken down!

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Justice Scalia’s Impact on State and Local Government

While much of the reaction to Justice Antonin Scalia’s death this weekend, has focused on the substance of his nearly 30 years on the U.S. Supreme Court and the challenges of replacing him amid a presidential election campaign, his effect on state and local government cannot be overlooked.

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NCSL Issues Info Alert on Supreme Court Stay of Clean Power Plan

On Feb. 9, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay halting implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) until the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rules on the CPP’s legality.

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Supreme Court's Docket Runneth Over

The Friday before and the Tuesday after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the U.S. Supreme Court accepted a total of nine cases, including a challenge to the President’s executive order allowing undocumented parents of children who are citizens to remain in the United States.

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Supreme Court: Parole Possible for Juveniles Sentenced to Life Without Parole

The U.S. Supreme Court held in Montgomery v. Louisiana that juvenile offenders sentenced to life in prison without parole before Miller v. Alabama (2012) was decided may have their sentences reviewed. States can refuse this offer, but as Justice Antonin Scalia points out—why would they?

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Supreme Court Approves Wholesale Demand Response

In a 6-2 decision in FERC v. Electric Power Supply Association, the Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has the authority to regulate wholesale “demand response” and that demand response bidders may receive the same compensation as electricity producers.

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