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College and Career Readiness
This free webinar on Thursday, Jan. 29, will offer a road map to developing college and career readiness standards at the state level.
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State Budget Update
NCSL's latest report on budget conditions finds states continuing their modest recovery from the Great Recession.
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Patent Trolling
Seven states have introduced legislation to punish bad faith patent assertions, common referred to as “patent trolling,” and 18 states already have laws regulating the practice.
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State Legislatures Magazine | February Issue
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Women in Leadership
An updated NCSL table offers a state-by-state breakdown of the 59 women in state legislative leadership positions in 2015.
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State Unemployment Drops
Unemployment rates dropped in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in December, while rising in four states and staying the same in four others.
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We Help You Shine
Check out our new animated video introduction to all the services NCSL offers legislative staffers to help you do your job.
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Immigration Bill
NCSL offers a breakdown on on Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2015.

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  • President Backs Off Plan to Tax 529 Investment Returns

    College savings plans, commonly known as 529 plans, surged into the news recently when President Obama proposed, then retreated from, a plan to tax investment returns on new contributions.

  • NCSL Has Your Answers on School Choice

    Legislatures across the country are recognizing this week as National School Choice Week, recognizing the right of parents to select a school that best meets the needs of their child.

  • Kaiser Study Highlights Growth in Medicaid Enrollment, Spending

    A recent Kaiser Family Foundation report based on a recent survey of Medicaid directors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia provides an overview of Medicaid spending and enrollment growth for fiscal years 2014 and 2015.

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