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ACA Outreach and Enrollment: It's Not All on the States

In the run-up to the March 31 open enrollment deadline, many states, the federal government, nonprofits, and others were on a mission: educate Americans about new health coverage options and help the eligible sign up for coverage. Although we’re still awaiting final enrollment numbers, it is safe to say that enrollment experiences have varied significantly across states—regardless of who is running the health insurance exchange.

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Category: Public Policy
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Bill Behnk, Legislative Computer Pioneer, Has Died

Bill Behnk, former Coordinator of Legislative Information Systems for the Office of Legislative Counsel in California, and a longtime member and enthusiastic supporter of NCSL and the National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT), died April 8. He was 87.

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Webinar Examines Energy Diversity, Reliability and Risk

Do the rapid changes we are seeing in energy resources pose a threat to the stability and reliability of our electric grid? What risks do extreme weather events, such as the polar vortex, pose to our ability to heat and cool our homes, or run our businesses, during these critical times?

 

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Spring Is Convening While Most Legislatures Are Adjourning

Spring flowers are starting to bloom. Birds are chirping. Glorious sunshine is ushering out any last signs of winter. In other words, Spring has convened! And, by the time the air becomes permanently warm, most state legislatures will have adjourned.    

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Category: Legislators
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Minnesota Raises Its Minimum Wages

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill today that adopted increases to the state’s minimum wages. Yes, that’s right. Minimum wages, as in plural.

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An Up-Close Look at Arkansas Elections

Turnout means everything in elections. And this week, elections technology meant something for 39 Arkansas legislators who turned out for a packed meeting where elections technology took center stage.

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Category: Elections
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Legislator Compensation Commissions Help Take Politics Out of Pay Raises

NCSL recently completed its annual legislator compensation study and found only nine states that have increased salaries over the past 12 months. Perhaps the most interesting take away from the study revealed that the only legislatures that witnessed a pay change were in states where the primary responsibility for determining lawmaker’s salaries did not reside with the legislature.

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Category: Legislators
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Celebrating National Public Health Week

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Public Health Association are sponsoring the National Public Health Week, which is a yearly initiative that focuses on public health in the United States.

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Child Support Programs: Renewed Focus on Dad

Child support programs across the country have increasingly focused efforts on programs that will not only increase child support payments, benefitting the child, but also will put noncustodial parents in a position to consistently pay support and remain involved with their children.

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Study Ranks States on Election Performance

Forty states and the District of Columbia showed improvements in how they administered the 2012 presidential election over the previous national contest, according to data in the Elections Performance Index, a project by elections researchers at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Category: Elections
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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.

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