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What Might Merrick Garland on SCOTUS Mean for State and Local Government?

If Judge Merrick Garland becomes Justice Merrick Garland how might he rule in cases affecting state and local government? 

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SLLC Files Amicus Brief in a WOTUS Case (not THE WOTUS Case)

The issue in Hawkes v. U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is whether a court may review an Army Corp of Engineers “jurisdictional determination” that property contains “waters of the United States” per the Clean Water Act.

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Emotions High as Court Hears Texas Abortion Case

Emotions ran high at the U.S. Supreme Court today in oral argument of what is considered to be the most important abortion cases in more than 20 years

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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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