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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday announced one of the most anticipated decisions this year - whether Arizona’s controversial S.B. 1070 unconstitutionally pre-empts federal immigration law. In a 5-3 decision, the Court threw out most of the provisions of the law in question.

Specifically, the federal government had challenged four provisions of Arizona’s immigration law. One provision would make the failure to comply with federal immigration requirements a state crime, another would make it a state crime for an undocumented...

On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued a decision in United States v. Pleau, siding with the federal government. Considering the case’s broad implications on the federal-state relationship, The Council of State Governments had partnered with the National Governors Association in signing onto an amicus curiae brief opposing the federal government’s position.

The issue in the case is whether the federal government can compel state compliance when requesting a prisoner custody...

Today, The Council of State Governments joined The National Emergency Management Association and eight other organizations representing state and local government officials to urge Congress to consider key principles while developing legislation to protect the nation’s information infrastructure.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a cyber-security bill last week and the Senate is currently considering a bill which is expected to come to a vote later this month.

The organizations called on Congress to consider...

Today, The Council of State Governments joined with nine organizations representing state and local governments to urge Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA. The current version of ESEA, known as the No Child Left Behind Act, expired almost five years ago, and broad reforms are long overdue.

The relevant committees in the U.S. House and Senate have already passed versions of ESEA, but the chances of Congress passing a full bill wane as the 2012 election approaches.

The No Child...

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