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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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Category: Public Policy
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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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Ever Wonder What's in Your Water?

Fifteen percent of people in the United States consume drinking water from unregulated, private water systems that are not covered by the Safe Drinking Water Act or other federal water safety requirements. Attend an April 11 webinar to learn more.

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In Wisconsin, Saying Goodbye, Eloquently

I arrived in the Wisconsin Senate chamber the evening of April 1 just in time to hear the last of four retiring senators address his colleagues. Republican Senator Dale Schultz, who has represented his Rockland Center district for 32 years, was on his feet.

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Category: Legislators
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Senate Expected to Pass Unemployment Extension

The U.S. Senate is expected to approve a measure today that would extend emergency unemployment compensation (EUC) for five months. The bill, H.R. 3979 as amended, would retroactively provide benefits to those who would have otherwise received them had the program not expired at the end of 2013 and would fund the program through May of this year.

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New York Lawmakers Sign on to National Popular Vote Compact

The New York Senate and Assembly have approved a proposal to join the National Popular Vote (NPV) Interstate Compact.

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Category: Elections
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Oce Smith, longtime sergeant-at-arms in the West Virginia Legislature, was honored recently with the National Legislative Services and Security Association's President's Charter Member Achievement Award.

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