The House Judiciary Committee on July 18 passed a bill extending the authorization of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act through 2017.

On the morning of June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision regarding the Affordable Care Act in what was the most prominent news event of the year. The announcement, however, eclipsed a rare but impressive event—Congress getting something done. In the early morning hours of that same day, Congress passed the first long-term surface transportation bill in nearly seven years.

In a surprise decision, delivered on a steamy Washington morning, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the four liberal justices of the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The divisive debate that ended at the bar of the Supreme Court today, however, will echo out in state legislative chambers throughout the 2013 legislative session and for decades to come.

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...

The U.S. Supreme Court’s October 2011 term has been an exciting one for state government. Prominent cases from this term affecting states include those involving the Affordable Care Act, Arizona’s immigration law, redistricting in Texas and a California Medicaid dispute.