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Workforce Development
In 2014, six states enacted 14 bills relating to workforce development, including 10 that focused on developing or expanding training.
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Welcome New Members
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Forum Resources
Find links to PowerPoints, handouts, audio and video recordings from the 2014 Forum in Washington, D.C.
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State Legislatures Magazine
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Most States See Drop in Unemployment
Unemployment rates decreased in 41 states and the District of Columbia in November. Three states saw increases and rates in six states and Puerto Rico remained unchanged.
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Post-Election Turnover
In 2015, there will be 1,325 new state legislators in office. Find out the number of newly elected members in each chamber.
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FY 2015 'Cromnibus' Appropriations
NCSL provides an overview of the FY 2015 'cromnibus' spending bill and the impact on states.
The latest collection of LegisBriefs focus on methadone and prescription drug overdoses, improving children's oral health through workforce stategies, preserving passenger rail service and reducing lying in elections.
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Equal Pay Legislation
Sixteen states and Puerto Rico introduced legislation related to equal pay during the 2014 legislative session, and four states enacted or amended equal pay laws.

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  • Legislators Explore Technology's Impact on Electric Utilities

    The impact of new technologies, such as solar panels and smart grid technology, on state policy and the electricity sector was the focus of an intriguing discussion at the NCSL Forum earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

  • Rewrite Outdated Traffic Laws Anyway?

    When the U.S. Supreme Court accepted Heien v. North Carolina I recommended that state legislatures take a look at outdated traffic laws. The court’s decision in this case may make doing so less urgent—at least to avoid Fourth Amendment litigation.

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