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The April issue of State Legislatures is on its way to your mailbox, but you don't have to wait. It's available now in PDF format and online.

SOCIAL MEDIA
Senator Dominic PileggiAlmost everyone is using some kind of social media, including legislators and lawmakers. “Social media is a phenomenal way to reach constituents” says Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R). As popularity spreads, more legislatures are developing policies to address the use of official social media accounts.

SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS
Representatiave Michael SchlossbergAre you a seasoned social media pro, but looking for fresh ideas? Pennsylvania Representative Michael Schlossberg (D) has innovative tips to keep your account engaging, informational and valuable to your constituents.

Representative Martin CarbaughINSURANCE RESERVES
To ensure that life's "what if" situations will be taken care of, it's critical to maintain adequate life insurance reserves. Requiring providers to maintain them “is important because it protects both the insurance industry and its consumers” says Indiana Representative Martin Carbaugh (R). Modernizing these life insurance reserve formulas has been challenging for policymakers.

RAINY DAY FUNDS
Rainy day funds are one of the most common tools states have to soften the blow of economic downturns and budget shortfalls. Although current balances remain below their pre-recession peak, rainy day reserve funds have steadily been rising.

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