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ELECTIONS UPDATE

VOTE BUTTONThis latest issue of NCSL's elections newsletter, The Canvass, provides updates on improving voter turnout, the value of recounts, a national day for voter registration and much more.      


 

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EARLY CHILDHOOD 101

YOUNG CHILDRENAre you looking for a quick scan of the hot topics related to early learning? Look no further then the recently updated Early Childhood 101 page. Here you can learn about the science of brain development, governance structures, family supports and parent engagements, plus so much more.

Read our recent blog post Need an Early Childhood Policy Brush-Up? Read On!

 

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HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE DIVERSITIES

ncsl webinarJoin us for this free NCSL webinar on Thursday, Aug. 28, to learn more about ways to increase the diversity of health care workforces and policy strategies that are available to states.      


 

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MID-YEAR IMMIGRATION REVIEW

PASSPORTLawmakers in statehouses across the United States have approved 132 immigration-related laws so far this year, representing a nine percent decline since 2013, according to a new report issued by NCSL.


 

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MAPPING EITC 

CASHTwenty-five states and the District of Columbia have earned income tax credits (EITC). Check out NCSL's new interactive map that provides information on each state's EITC statute and information about the percentage of each state EITC


 

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HISTORY OF PARTY COMPOSITION 

American flagEvery election impacts the partisan composition of state legislatures. View historical data for the last 5 years.


 

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OVERVIEW | RESEARCH

NCSL conducts policy research in a variety of areas ranging from agriculture and budget and tax issues and education to health care and immigration and transportation. NCSL’s experts are here to answer your questions and give you unbiased, comprehensive information as soon as you need it on issues facing state legislatures. We answer more than 20,000 requests for information a year. Call us anytime or check out our issues list to see what we have online.

Our consulting services on policy issues go beyond testifying. We help draft bills, organize workshops, and convene legislative-executive teams. NCSL staff are prepared to come to your state to work with legislators and staff on almost any public policy issue, or issue related to the management of a legislature. Contact your state’s liaison to schedule a briefing or to learn more about this service.

We also offer access to 50-state information and other legislative resources, such as weekly session schedules. You can find legislation in the 50 states, District of Columbia and Congress through NCSL’s new 50-State Bill Information Service, a searchable database containing the full text of legislation for the current session. You also can Join listservs and discussion groups, search tens of thousands of documents, receive personalized information on your issues, access NCSL books and newsletters, look-up your colleagues in the 50 states and take advantage of e-learning opportunities.

THE NCSL BLOG

  • Pollsters: Political Environment Worst in Memory

    Republican pollster Neil Newhouse started off with a grabber: How many in the audience are running for office, he asked. Next, he wanted to know, how many of those races are competitive?

  • What We Convey is More Than We Say

    In case you’re wondering, the rock concert yesterday afternoon was in room L100ABC, during the Legislative Staff University course on communication skills.

  • States on Front Lines of Drug Death Epidemic

    A Minnesota state lawmaker who lost her 23-year-old daughter to a heroin overdose in 2007 carried legislation this past spring to help prevent similar deaths.

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