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NCSL Joins Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Groundwater Case

In County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund the Supreme Court will decide whether groundwater is subject to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting requirements under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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SCOTUS Decides States May Not Be Sued in Other States’ Courts

Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt (Hyatt III) is a win for state sovereignty, albeit an obscure victory. In this case, the Supreme Court overturned precedent to hold 5-4 that states are immune from private lawsuits brought in courts of other states.

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SCOTUS Addresses Workplace Discrimination on Basis of Sexual Orientation, Transgender Status

After refusing to accept or reject petitions for months, the Supreme Court has finally agreed to decide whether employers violate Title VII when they discriminate against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or transgender status. Among other things, Title VII prohibits discrimination “because of ... sex.” 

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Timbs vs. Indiana Civil Forfeiture Case Won’t Have Much Impact

Timbs v. Indiana has received a lot of attention because it deals with a controversial subject—civil asset forfeitures. But as a practical matter this case is unlikely to have much of an impact.

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NCSL Joins SLLC's Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Impaired Driving Case

In its amicus brief in Mitchell v. Wisconsin, the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) argues that when police officers encounter an unconscious motorist they have probable cause to believe is impaired it should be permissible to draw the motorist’s blood without a warrant.

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SCOTUS Rules Prisoner Can't Choose Less-Painful Method of Execution

In Bucklew v. Precythe, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Missouri wasn’t required to execute Russell Bucklew by using a drug he claimed would cause him less pain due to his unusual medical condition.

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SCOTUS Hears Oral Argument in Partisan Gerrymandering Cases

The Supreme Court heard oral argument—yet again—in two cases arguing it should adopt a standard for when partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional.

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Supreme Court to Decide Case Involving D.C. Sniper

Lee Boyd Malvo, a partner in the notorious “D.C. Sniper” case that involved 10 murders over the course of seven weeks in 2002, wants to have his sentence of life without parole reconsidered in a complicated Supreme Court case.

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SCOTUS to Decide Whether States May Abolish the Insanity Defense

The technical legal question the Supreme Court will address in Kahler v. Kansas is whether the Eighth and 14th Amendments permit a state to abolish the insanity defense.

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Supreme Court to Decide Jury Unanimity Case

In Ramos v. Louisiana, accepted for consideration this week, the Supreme Court will consider whether the Sixth Amendment requiring a unanimous verdict in criminal jury trials applies to the states.

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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.