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Guest Author: Rick Masters, CSG Special Counsel for Interstate Compacts

When is Congressional Consent required?
The determination of whether congressional consent is required depends upon the applicability of the compact clause of the U.S. Constitution (Art. I, Sec. 10, Cl. 3).  Despite the wording of this provision, not all interstate compacts require the consent of congress, only those which interfere or conflict with some enumerated power granted to the federal government under the Constitution. 

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