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The Canvass
The latest edition of NCSL's elections newsletter looks at state efforts to improve voter turnout, the value of recount laws and more.
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Professional Development
Ten staff sections will be holding professional development seminars in the next few months. Check the calendar to be sure you register in time.
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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A Policymaker's Guide to Energy
This new NCSL report introduces policymakers to state energy planning and explores legislative approaches to developing an effective plan.
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Young Athletes and Brain Injuries
Lawmakers in every state and the District of Columbia have have enacted legislation in the past several years to address youth sports-related concussion.
imgUsing Water Efficiently
Using Water Efficiently
This new NCSL report looks at the background of water efficient plumbing standards and steps some states have taken in this area.
imgSaving Lives With Seat Belts
Saving Lives With Seat Belts
Seat belt use has increased significantly in the past decade and saved hundreds of thousands of lives, according to a new NCSL report.
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State Legislatures Magazine
This month's issue looks at partisanship in legislatures, renovating capitols, pay for lawmakers, the challenging job of chief of staff, the costs of legislation and much more.
imgMobility Newsletter
Mobility Newsletter
The latest issue of Getting There looks at state coordinating councils, 2014 legislative activity, Denver's revitalized Union Station and more.
imgEarly Childhood 101
Early Childhood 101
This NCSL report will help lawmakers understand key early childhood policy topics such as brain development, child care, home visiting and more.

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Thank you to everyone who attended the 2014 Legislative Summit in Minneapolis. We hope the Summit offered ideas and solutions to take on the critical issues in your state. Here are some of the resources we think willl be useful as you head home.



People at a meeting We  connect you to the best and brightest experts in every issue area critical to the states.

Through NCSL meetings, webinars and professional training opportunities, you’ll connect with legislators and staff with your same interests and concerns. Visit our Meetings and Training page and find out what’s coming up next.




US Capitol We advocate for you in Washington, D.C., before Congress, the administration and, when appropriate, in the courts.

We fight to ensure the states are free of unfunded mandates and pre-emption of state laws and that they maintain their authority and independence. Find out the issues NCSL is engaging in now and the role you play.




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    In T-Mobile South v. City of Roswell the Supreme Court will decide whether a letter denying a cell tower construction application that doesn’t explain the reasons for the denial meets the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (TCA) “in writing” requirement.

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