CSG DC

capitol hill ideas logo

The results of the Supreme Court’s long conference are in! The court granted a total of 11 petitions.

Two cases stand out as having a particular impact on CSG members. In Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, legislative congressional redistricting authority is on the line. And in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, the constitutionality of a common judicial conduct rule prohibiting candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign funds is being challenged.

capitol hill ideas logo

WASHINGTON, D.C.—With less than a month before the Nov. 4 midterm elections, voting laws in eight states are being challenged in state and federal courts, often going all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. These recent court challenges are due, for the most part, to varying state’s interpretation of two Supreme Court decisions in recent years.

In 2008, the high court ruled in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board that an Indiana law requiring voters to provide photo IDs at the polls did not violate the U.S....

capitol hill ideas logo

The State and Local Legal Center has filed an amicus brief in Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transportation, a case that questions whether a state discriminates against rail carriers, or railroads, in violation of federal law even when rail carriers pay less in total state taxes than motor carriers, or trucks....

capitol hill ideas logo

During the past six months, the Environmental Protection Agency has announced several initiatives as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The EPA proposed the Clean Power Plan in June, which aims to reduce carbon emissions from new and existing power plants on a state-by-state basis. The EPA in April also issued a proposed rule that would redefine the Clean Water Act’s definition of “Waters of the United States.” EPA has issued an open comment period for both proposals, which are still open.

capitol hill ideas logo

The U.S. departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services hosted a National Dialogue on Career Pathways Sept. 23 that highlighted the importance of the Career Pathways Initiative and the implementation of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Federal leaders provided information on the workforce initiative and stressed the importance of the program to shrink the skills gap and prepare individuals for in-demand careers.

Pages