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Healthy Communities Legislative Action Bulletin
Learn how legislators in a number of states have made it possible for pupils to start the day with a healthy breakfast.
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Leadership Staff Section
The Leadership Staff Section will hold its professional development seminar Sept. 14-17 in New Orleans. Learn more.
Bitcoin, children and food allergies, capital financing after the recession and electronic poll books are all examined in this month's batch of LegisBriefs.
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Returning Veterans
Check out this four-part video series that focuses on issues affecting returning veterans, including homelessness, education, access to care, and employment and training.
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Ballot Measures Database
NCSL's Ballot Measures database includes all statewide ballot measures for more than a century. The database is updated as new ballot measures qualify to be on the ballot.
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Prescription Drug Overdoses
A new NCSL video, "Prescription Drug Overdose: An American Epidemic," explores state policy options to prevent drug overdose.
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State Legislatures Magazine
This month's issue looks at states teaming with industry to train workers, the debate over Voter ID, Common Core standards in the states, the benefits of big data and much more.
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Patent Trolling
Seventeen states have passed legislation regulating so-called "patent trolling," which involves filing a claim of patent infringement even though the person has no standing.

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The 2014 Legislative Summit in Minneapolis featured an array of exciting speakers and we interviewed many of them. Watch this interview with Sir Ken Robinson as he discusses his ideas to revolutionize education. You can find additional videos and webinars at NCSL's e-learning page or at our YouTube page.



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  • Child Welfare Policy and Financing at the Summit

    A group of legislators and staff from 13 states participated in a wide-ranging discussion at the Legislative Summit about how to better align child welfare financing with desired outcomes for children and families.

  • If You're Going to Get Sick, Do It in California or Connecticut

    California became the second state to require private employers to provide paid sick leave, with the passage of A.B. 1522. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law on Wednesday.

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