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Crime Control: The Federal Response

Crime Control: The Federal Response

Date: July 7, 2003
Creator: O'Bryant, JoAnne
Description: Under the federal system in the United States, the states and localities traditionally have held the major responsibility for prevention and control of crime and maintenance of order. For most of the Republic’s history, “police powers” in the broad sense were reserved to the states under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution. Many still hold that view, but others see a string of court decisions in recent decades as providing the basis for a far more active federal role. Several bills are discussed in this report that address issues related to crime, juvenile justice, and Congress’ evolving role in crime legislation.
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Crime Control: The Federal Response

Crime Control: The Federal Response

Date: September 23, 2003
Creator: O'Bryant, JoAnne
Description: Under the federal system in the United States, the states and localities traditionally have held the major responsibility for prevention and control of crime and maintenance of order. For most of the Republic’s history, “police powers” in the broad sense were reserved to the states under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution. Many still hold that view, but others see a string of court decisions in recent decades as providing the basis for a far more active federal role. Several bills are discussed in this report that address issues related to crime, juvenile justice, and Congress’ evolving role in crime legislation.
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Crime Control: The Federal Response

Crime Control: The Federal Response

Date: January 24, 2001
Creator: Teasley, David
Description: Under the federal system in the United States, the states and localities traditionally have held the major responsibility for prevention and control of crime and maintenance of order. For most of the Republic’s history, “police powers” in the broad sense were reserved to the states under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution. Many still hold that view, but others see a string of court decisions in recent decades as providing the basis for a far more active federal role. Several bills are discussed in this report that address issues related to crime, juvenile justice, and school violence.
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State and Local Preparedness for Terrorism: Policy Issues and Options

State and Local Preparedness for Terrorism: Policy Issues and Options

Date: February 5, 2002
Creator: Canada, Ben
Description: None
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State and Local Preparedness for Terrorism: Policy Issues and Options

State and Local Preparedness for Terrorism: Policy Issues and Options

Date: July 26, 2002
Creator: Canada, Ben
Description: None
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State and Local Preparedness for Terrorism: Selected Policy Issues

State and Local Preparedness for Terrorism: Selected Policy Issues

Date: December 19, 2002
Creator: Canada, Ben
Description: None
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Information Sharing for Homeland Security: A Brief Overview

Information Sharing for Homeland Security: A Brief Overview

Date: September 30, 2004
Creator: Relyea, Harold C & Seifert, Jeffrey W
Description: None
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Information Sharing for Homeland Security: A Brief Overview

Information Sharing for Homeland Security: A Brief Overview

Date: January 10, 2005
Creator: Relyea, Harold C & Seifert, Jeffrey W
Description: None
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Drunk Driving: Should Each State Be Required to Enact a 0.08 Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Law?

Drunk Driving: Should Each State Be Required to Enact a 0.08 Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Law?

Date: March 27, 1998
Creator: Rothberg, Paul F
Description: At the 0.08 BAC level of alcohol, braking, steering, lane changing, and judgment are degraded and the driving performance of virtually all drivers is substantially impaired. During the debate on reauthorization of the federal surface transportation programs, an amendment that would require each state either to enact a 0.08 BAC law or face the loss of a portion of its Federal Highway Trust Fund monies passed the Senate and will likely be considered in the House. This proposal raises questions about the effectiveness and impacts of a 0.08 BAC law, the rights of states versus the federal government, and alternative ways to encourage the states to adopt stronger impaired driving countermeasures.
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State Election Laws: Overview of Statutes Regarding Emergency Election Postponement Within the State

State Election Laws: Overview of Statutes Regarding Emergency Election Postponement Within the State

Date: September 22, 2004
Creator: Whitaker, L. Paige
Description: None
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National Tests: Administration Initiative

National Tests: Administration Initiative

Date: June 16, 1998
Creator: Riddle, Wayne C
Description: None
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Electric Utility Restructuring: Overview of Basic Policy Questions

Electric Utility Restructuring: Overview of Basic Policy Questions

Date: January 7, 1999
Creator: Parker, Larry
Description: Proposals to increase competition in the electric utility industry involve segmenting electric functions (generation, transmission, distribution) that are currently integrated (or bundled) in most cases (both in terms of corporate and rate structures). This report identifies five basic issues this effort raises for the Congress to consider as the debate on restructuring proceeds.
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Electric Utility Restructuring: Overview of Basic Policy Questions

Electric Utility Restructuring: Overview of Basic Policy Questions

Date: January 28, 1997
Creator: Parker, Larry
Description: Proposals to increase competition in the electric utility industry involve segmenting electric functions (generation, transmission, distribution) that are currently integrated (or bundled) in most cases (both in terms of corporate and rate structures). This report identifies five basic issues this effort raises for the Congress to consider as the debate on restructuring proceeds.
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State-by-State Comparison of Selected Electricity Restructuring Provisions

State-by-State Comparison of Selected Electricity Restructuring Provisions

Date: January 13, 2000
Creator: Abel, Amy & Shimabukuro, Jon O
Description: None
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Preemption Language in Federal Environmental Statutes

Preemption Language in Federal Environmental Statutes

Date: July 29, 1999
Creator: Meltz, Robert
Description: None
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Department of Homeland Security: State and Local Preparedness Issues

Department of Homeland Security: State and Local Preparedness Issues

Date: December 11, 2002
Creator: Canada, Ben
Description: The Homeland Security Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-296) makes the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responsible for providing assistance to state and local governments to ensure adequate preparedness for all disasters, including terrorist attacks. Several federal entities with functions relating to state and local preparedness, ranging from entire independent agencies to units of agencies and departments, will be transferred to the new department.
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Department of Homeland Security: State and Local Preparedness Issues

Department of Homeland Security: State and Local Preparedness Issues

Date: February 6, 2003
Creator: Canada, Ben
Description: The Homeland Security Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-296) makes the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responsible for providing assistance to state and local governments to ensure adequate preparedness for all disasters, including terrorist attacks. Several federal entities with functions relating to state and local preparedness, ranging from entire independent agencies to units of agencies and departments, will be transferred to the new department.
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Department of Homeland Security: State and Local Preparedness Issues

Department of Homeland Security: State and Local Preparedness Issues

Date: May 5, 2003
Creator: Canada, Ben
Description: The Homeland Security Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-296) makes the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responsible for providing assistance to state and local governments to ensure adequate preparedness for all disasters, including terrorist attacks. Several federal entities with functions relating to state and local preparedness, ranging from entire independent agencies to units of agencies and departments, will be transferred to the new department.
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The Department of Homeland Security: State and Local Preparedness Issues

The Department of Homeland Security: State and Local Preparedness Issues

Date: August 14, 2002
Creator: Canada, Ben
Description: Both H.R. 5005 and S. 2452 propose a new Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which would have a number of responsibilities relating to state and local preparedness for potential terrorist attacks. This report discusses selected state and local preparedness issues that specifically pertain to the proposed Emergency Preparedness and Response Division of the new department.1 The report does not, however, discuss certain issues, such as the impact of integrating selected offices from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) into a new DHS,2 and the degree of authority the DHS would need to effectively evaluate state and local assistance programs.
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Restructuring Electricity Markets, Public Power, and Tax-Exempt Bonds: An Economic Analysis

Restructuring Electricity Markets, Public Power, and Tax-Exempt Bonds: An Economic Analysis

Date: June 10, 1998
Creator: Zimmerman, Dennis
Description: None
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Optional Federal Chartering for Insurers: Major Interest Groups

Optional Federal Chartering for Insurers: Major Interest Groups

Date: March 18, 2002
Creator: Woodall, S. Roy, Jr
Description: None
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Optional Federal Chartering for Insurers: Major Interest Groups

Optional Federal Chartering for Insurers: Major Interest Groups

Date: September 3, 2003
Creator: Webel, Baird
Description: None
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The State Children's Health Insurance Program: Eligibility, Enrollment, and Program Funding

The State Children's Health Insurance Program: Eligibility, Enrollment, and Program Funding

Date: August 18, 2000
Creator: Baumrucker, Evelyne P
Description: None
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Enforcing Immigration Law: The Role of State and Local Law Enforcement

Enforcing Immigration Law: The Role of State and Local Law Enforcement

Date: March 11, 2004
Creator: Seghetti, Lisa M; Viña, Stephen R & Ester, Karma
Description: This report examines the role of state and local law enforcement in enforcing immigration law. The discussion is limited to the role of state and local law enforcement in the investigation, arrest, and detention of all immigration violators. The report does not discuss the prosecution, adjudication, or removal of aliens who violate the law. The report opens with a brief discussion of the types of immigration interior enforcement activities that the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) pursued and the current immigration activities that are now the focus of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). A discussion of the legal authority that permits state and local law enforcement to enforce immigration law under certain circumstances follows. Current administrative efforts to involve state and local law enforcement in enforcing immigration law as well as selected issues are discussed. The report concludes with a discussion of the pros and cons of such a policy and an analysis of policy options for Congress.
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