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What's Going on in American Higher Education Today?

When considering the challenges facing American higher education, Inside Higher Ed editor Scott Jaschik says, “The state role is so important because the states are all are so different: different issues, different conclusions, different conversations.”

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Supreme Court Roundup: From Kavanaugh to Liquor Sales to One Enormous Cross

What do the 2020 census, double jeopardy, an enormous cross and the distribution of alcohol all have in common? They’re are all issues before the Supreme Court this session.

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NCSL Meets With Federal Leaders on Employment for People With Disabilities

During the recent NCSL Capitol Forum, NCSL arranged a meeting with state legislative leaders and senior officials at the U.S. Department of Labor to share strategies aimed at enhancing work opportunities for people with disabilities.

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2020 Census: Technology, the Citizenship Question and Stopping Disinformation

Count everyone once, only once and in the right place. That’s the rallying cry of the U.S. Census Bureau, which will soon embark on the 2020 Census, the decennial count of every resident in the nation. And the data collected is vital, says Ron Jarmin, the bureau’s acting director.

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Net Neutrality and Privacy: A Federal Issue or for the States to Decide?

Michelle Richardson, director of the Privacy & Data Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology, says the internet privacy debate is long overdue.

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NCSL Capitol Forum: Want to Know What’s Up With the Economy? Ask a Realtor

Nervous about the stock market’s recent wobble? A better indicator of the health of the U.S. economy might be measured by the state of today’s real estate market, says Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors.

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Addressing the Rising Cost of Healthcare in the States

A panel assembled by NCSL’s Health and Human Services Committee during last week’s NCSL Capitol Forum addressed how legislators and staff could address rising health care costs.

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NCSL Capitol Forum: Preventing School Shootings

Washington, D.C.—Columbine. Sandy Hook. Virginia Tech. Parkland. With more than 225 school shootings since the 1999 attack at Columbine High School in Colorado, many would argue there’s no end in sight to the violence facing today’s students. But Marisa Randazzo, principal and co-founder of SIGMA Threat Management Associates, says prevention is possible.

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NCSL Capitol Forum: The State of Newspapers, Election Lessons and Fake News

Washington, D.C.—When Reid Epstein, national politics reporter at The Wall Street Journal, was working at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel some 10 years ago, 10-15 reporters from around Wisconsin covered state government. Today, that number is down to around three, a trend that’s plagued nearly all newspapers across the nation.

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NCSL Capitol Forum: More States Wagering on Sports Betting

Washington, D.C.—Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in Murphy v. NCAA, there’s a lot at stake for state legislatures when it comes to sports betting.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.