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Entries for December 2013

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NCSL Involvement in Three Branch Institute Highlighted

A partnership involving NCSL to coordinate foster care across three branches of government is featured in a recent online commentary by Governing magazine.

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Staff Spends Afternoon at the Library, Then the Court

NCSL’s Fall Forum began with style—in particular, the mosaic tile and vaulted ceiling type of style—as attendees had the opportunity to tour the Library of Congress and attend a Supreme Court lecture.

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Mug Shot Websites Raise New Questions About Public Records

For years, mug shots and arrest records have been available as public records open to inspection in paper files at police departments or law enforcement agencies across the country. The Internet, however, has ended the practical obscurity that paper records used to ensure. Now many types of public records, including mug shots, are posted on the web in digital formats, where anyone can copy them.

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Category: Public Policy
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Cleared for Takeoff: NCSL Lands First Class Tour of Reagan National Airport

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). 

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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NCSL Webinar Examines Swimming Pool Safety

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.

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Category: Public Policy
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What Can the U.S. Learn from an International Assessment of Student Achievement?

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.

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Category: Public Policy
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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. 

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Category: Public Policy
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State Lawmakers Head to Capitol Hill

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.

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Elections Forecast Helps Kick Off NCSL Fall Forum

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.

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Category: Elections
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Colorado Gun Control Recall Prompts Senator to Resign

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.

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Category: Legislators
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