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Voting Issues Going to the Voters

When it comes to election administration, campaign finance, primaries and redistricting, the law of the land is generally determined by state lawmakers. However, these decisions can also be made by voters.

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Voters Will Decide Wide Range of Education Issues

Education issues spanning the spectrum from pre-Kindergarten to college will be decided by voters in 11 states on Election Day.

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Six States' Voters Rolling Dice on Gambling Measures

Six states are giving voters the chance to make a decision on state-operated gambling and lottery activities during this election.

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States Respond to Untested Sexual Assault Evidence

Across the nation, state and local governments are grappling with the discovery of untested sexual assault evidence collection kits—commonly called “rape kits”—in police precincts and storage facilities.

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The Supreme Court and Simple Math

The question in Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transportation is whether a state discriminates against rail carriers in violation of federal law even when rail carriers pay less in total state taxes than motor carriers.

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Marijuana Initiatives Growing on State Ballots

While states continue to watch how things develop with Colorado and Washington’s retail marijuana programs, some states will once again have their own marijuana-related ballot initiatives to track this election season.

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Five States to Vote on Minimum Wage

Voters in five states will weigh in on minimum wage ballot issues on Nov. 4.

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Informing Foster Children, Parents of Their Rights

The majority of children in this country don’t have to worry about where they will go to school, whether they get to participate in extracurricular activities, where and when they will get health care or insurance or when they will see their siblings next. For foster children, these concerns are very real.

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Legislative Librarians to Give Back to Baton Rouge

Members of the Legislative Research Librarians staff section plan to make a difference to the local community when they gather in Baton Rouge for their fall seminar Oct. 1-3.

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Wagering on Elections? Not a Smart Bet

Think twice before betting on elections. This is considered a crime in 21 states.

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