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Why Regulation of Net Energy Metering Programs Should Remain a State Matter
Josiah Neeley

Should FERC agree with NERA’s position, it would have a significant impact on our system of federalism. A growing number of states are already concerned with what they view as FERC infringement…

The New Frontier for Texas Electricity Competition: Enabling Distributed Resources and Avoiding Price Controls
Josiah Neeley & Chris Villarreal

Texas has the freest electricity market in the nation. Most of the state operates under its own electric grid, managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). And with a few exceptions,…

E-Cigarettes Composition: Nicotine Concentration and Nicotine Salts
Chelsea Boyd

Public Health England;1 the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine; and the FDA have recognized that nicotine products exist on a continuum of risk, with e-cigarettes at the lower…

Community Supervision Reform
Nila Bala

As the consequences of mass incarceration became evident in the 1980s, reformers looked to probation as an alternative to incarceration. Community supervision seemed to present a low-cost method to…

Raising The Age Of Criminal Responsibility In Georgia
Nila Bala & Marc Hyden

BACKGROUND
Under current Georgia law, minors cannot vote, buy a lottery ticket or even open a checking account. Indeed, 17-year-olds are treated as children in almost every way—except in the…

Why Conservatives Should Support Clean Slate Initiatives
Nila Bala

SUMMARY

• Clean slate initiatives automate and expand the clearing of criminal justice records.
• They uphold pillars of conservatism: human dignity, public safety, family values and limited,…

The 116th House of Representatives’ Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress
Aubrey Neal & Kevin Kosar

Established: Jan. 4, 2019, as part of the 116th House rules package

Authorized: Feb. 7, 2019, through Dec. 31, 2019

Mission: The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (SCOMC) is…

R Street’s Recess Reading List
Caroline Kitchens

For staffers who want to get savvy this summer

Is August recess starting to drag on? Looking for some new items to add to your reading list? Here’s R Street’s quick-hit list of background…

FAQ: Is It Safe for Pharmacists to Prescribe Birth Control
Courtney Joslin

This pharmacy access model expands birth control access in a way that saves time—pharmacists can prescribe and dispense the prescription—and sensibly increases the scope-of-practice that…

How the Minority Party can Impact legislation in Today’s Congress
Aubrey Neal & Casey Burgat

BACKGROUND

The House of Representatives is fundamentally a majoritarian institution. That is, any coalition or party with the majority of votes can largely dominate the chamber’s agenda,…