The Council of State Governments is pleased to have played a role in a recent Supreme Court decision affirming the sovereignty of states and their authority to regulate their own affairs.

In an encouraging move away from recent precedent, relying heavily on the line of argument presented in the council's amicus brief, the court decided 6-to-3 in New York v. United States that the 10th Amendment sets a limit beyond which Congress cannot make demands on states.

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