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Research indicates that the first years of a child’s life are profoundly significant in terms of brain development and growth, with more than 1 million new neural connections formed every second during that time. That’s a lot of brain activity!

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Category: Human services
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States Review Rules in Wake of College Admissions Scandals  

The issue of college admissions was further amplified when federal prosecutors indicted more than 30 college parents as part of the bribery scandal that became known as Operation Varsity Blues. 

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Category: Education
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Whether it is before a caucus, committee, community gathering, or coffee-fueled planning meeting, most legislative staff will speak to a group at some point.

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State Apprenticeship Legislation in 2019

Informed by a need for skilled workers in in-demand industries, states continue to explore how apprenticeships can help drive local economies by increasing workforce talent. Last week was National Apprenticeship Week and here's a rundown of state apprenticeship activity.

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NCSL Cybersecurity Task Force Co-Chair Promotes Collaboration in D.C.

Cybersecurity Task Force Co-chair and California Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin met with staff members from the U.S. Senate and Department of Homeland Security last week to promote state leadership in cybersecurity and data privacy, share lessons learned, and encourage further collaboration and support from the federal government.

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With session prep gearing up in most legislatures around the country, staff to-do lists may be getting a bit unwieldy. But here’s one item you should add to the top: Simplify your to-do list!

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Check Out NCSL's 'Critical Update' Redistricting Forum Post-Conference

The elections and redistricting program will host a post-conference on redistricting options for policymakers following the conclusion of the NCSL Capitol Forum in Phoenix next month.

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Category: Elections
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NCSL and the National Association of Counties (NACo) hosted a series of events Thursday in Washington, D.C., highlighting state concerns over immigration policy.

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Using TIM to Minimize Traffic Delays

Traffic incident management, or TIM, isn’t the most common of transportation safety terms, but it’s gaining acceptance as an important part of an efficiently functioning transportation system.

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NCSL’s Immunization Policy Resources Are a Real Shot in the Arm

NCSL has been producing and stockpiling immunization resources to protect you from contracting uncertainty about state immunization policy.

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Category: Health
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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.