Washington Post -- Niraj Chokshi

Nearly every state in the nation passed at least one immigration law last year, but legislative activity on the issue was actually slower across state capitals than the year before.

Last year, 43 state legislatures and D.C. enacted 171 immigration laws and 117 resolutions. That’s a 7.5 percent decline from 2013, when states passed 185 laws, according to the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures.

The decline in state legislative activity in 2014 can be partly explained by four state legislatures being out of session, according to NCSL. For example, Texas, which passed 101 laws and resolutions in 2013, did not hold a regular session. Montana, North Dakota and Nevada also held no regular session last year, while Maine, North Carolina and Cermont enacted no immigration legislation.

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Updated: Fri, Jan 23rd 2015 @ 11:40am EST