The December issue looks at the work states face to deal with the health care needs of an aging population and new approaches to teacher evaluations.
As part of NCSL’s Fall Forum last week in Washington D.C. the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee partnered with the Airports International Council- North America (AIC-NA) to provide interested NCSL members with an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA).
While this season usually conjures images of snowy landscapes, warm mittens and hot chocolate, the Christmas holidays can often signal a trip to warm getaways of sunshine and sand—and swimming pools. With the California Appeals Court taking back up a lawsuit against chlorine manufacturers, this snowy season is the perfect time to ask about pool safety.
International comparisons are tricky. Every three years the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development administers the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) to half a million students in 65 countries. Legislators and staff attending NCSL’s Fall Forum got a special presentation on the results.
While a recent Washington Post article notes that the Supreme Court isn’t hearing as many cases as usual this winter, the Court has not been shy about taking qualified immunity cases.
The Marketplace Fairness Act, fiscal uncertainty faced by states, unfunded federal mandates and tax reform were among the issues up for discussion Wednesday as more than 200 state legislators from 41 states met with congressional leadership and 150 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Courts will likely play a key role in settling election policy disputes, updating voting rolls will remain a challenge and state legislators will face a new wave of elections reforms.
A Colorado Senator resigned last week before a recall election prompted by her vote in favor of new gun-control laws. The resignation preserved the Democrats' one-vote majority.
Chicago magazine profiles Michael Madigan, whose 29 years as Illinois House speaker will soon make him the the longest-tenured House speaker in the nation's history.
The Virginia House of Delegates held scheduled elections in 2013 but the real news this year is in the state Senate.
NCSL’s Redistricting and Elections Task Force will host a session during NCSL's Fall Forum of what to expect in elections policy in 2014.
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