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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Current Unmanned Aircraft State Law Landscape

Categories: Federal State Relations,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

http://www.ncsl.org/research/transportation/current-unmanned-aircraft-state-law-landscape.aspx

Surveys the states, including Virginia, which have passed legislation regulating in some manner the use of drones.  Also covers proposed rules at the federal level.  From the National Conference of State Legislatures

 

A Review of CBO’s Activities in 2014 Under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

Categories: Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations,Statistics

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/50051-UMRA.pdf

Discusses the agency’s review during 2014 of bills, laws, and regulations of the federal government that would impose requirements on state, local or tribal governments.  Tables cover mandates enacted in the period 2010-2014.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Children’s Health Insurance Program: Effects on Coverage and Access, and Considerations for Extending Funding

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/668768.pdf

CHIP is a joint federal-state program that provides health insurance for over 8 million children.  As Congress decides whether to extend program funding, this report assesses the program’s effect on children’s health care coverage and key issues for Congress to consider.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Federal Grants to State and Local Governments: A Historical Perspective on Contemporary Issues

Categories: Congress,Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,History

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R40638.pdf

Federal grants account for about one-third of total state funding and more than half of state funding for health care and public assistance.  This report provides a historical synopsis of the evolving nature of the federal grants-in-aid system with a focus on the role that Congress has played in the system’s scope and nature.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The Measles: Background and Federal Role in Vaccine Policy

Categories: Children,Federal State Relations,Health/Medical

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43899.pdf

 

Presents basic information about the disease, its history in the U.S., available treatments to prevent individuals from contracting measles, and the federal role in combatting measles. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

 

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: Spending and Policy Options

Categories: Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,Income/Poverty,Marriage/Family,Welfare/Social Services,Women

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/49887-TANF.pdf

Provides an overview of the TANF program, the purpose and amounts of federal and state spending, the work requirements for eligibility for cash assistance, and 12 options that Congress might consider in changing TANF.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

2012 Census of Governments: Finance—State and Local Government Summary Report

Categories: Federal State Relations,Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Finance,Statistics,Taxes

http://www2.census.gov/govs/local/summary_report.pdf

Presents data on state and local government finances including revenue by source, expenditures by character and function, indebtedness by term, and cash and security holdings by purpose.  Leading causes for revenue declines were falling interest income and declines in value of employee retirement investments.  From the Census Bureau

 

Special Prosecutors: Investigations and Prosecutions of Police Use of Deadly Force

Categories: African Americans,Crime/Justice,Federal State Relations,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/specpro.pdf

Considers the need for and process by which special prosecutors would be brought into play to carry out investigations of police use of deadly force and whether such incidents should involve federal authorities.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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