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Chambers to Watch: the Virginia Senate

The Virginia House of Delegates held scheduled elections in 2013 but the real news this year is in the state Senate.

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Category: NCSL, Elections
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Elections Policy: Looking Back at 2013 and Ahead to 2014

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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Category: NCSL, Elections
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Family Loyalty or Civic Duty?

Today's New York Times carries a fascinating story about the choices faced and made by one-time powerful Massachusetts Senate President William Bulger whose brother, James "Whitey" Bulger, recently has been convicted of 11 murders and other crimes.

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Category: Legislators
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Driven by improving revenues and expenditures that were generally on target, states entered fiscal year (FY) 2014 in better fiscal shape than they have been in years according to NCSL's just-released "State Budget Actions FY 2013 and FY 2014."

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Category: Public Policy
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It looks like an abortion case…but it really isn’t.  It just happens to have come up in the context of an abortion clinic. It’s actually a speech case; a time, place, and manner case.

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Category: Public Policy
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Oppose the King Amendment in the House version of the Farm Bill and support the Senate versions’ nutrition title.  This was the message from NCSL’s leadership in a Nov. 12 letter to the House and Senate Farm Bill conference leaders. 

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Category: NCSL
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Politics, health reform, drones and much more at Fall Forum

Political disunity, health reform, drones, immigration, the cloud and  the three E’s—education, elections and energy—will all be top-shelf agenda items during the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Fall Forum Dec. 4-6 in Washington, D.C.

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Category: NCSL
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NLSSA Charter Member Thomas Cedric Townsend (1943-2013)

National Legislative Services and Security Association members are mourning the death of former Texas Senate sergeant-at-arms, Tommy Townsend who passed away on Monday, Nov. 18. Tommy was widely known and respected throughout the halls of the Texas capitol for a distinguished career that spanned more than four decades.

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NCSL Addresses NRC on Waste Confidence Rule

NCSL's Ben Husch  presented NCSL's position on nuclear waste issues before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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Joint Committee Considers Medicaid Expansion Options in Wyoming

An interim legislative committee is considering three possible alternatives to expanding Medicaid in Wyoming, after a proposal to expand the traditional program was overwhelmingly rejected during the last legislative session. Each option has a strong backer, though none seem completely sold on expansion.   

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Category: Public Policy
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