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Just Like the Plants,  Hemp Policy Conversations Continue to Grow

State policymakers, farmers, manufacturers and federal agencies are abuzz as they consider the possibilities of hemp production.

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The Lowdown on 2019's Ballot Measures

Election season is right around the corner, and before the year is out, citizens from nine states will have voted on 25 ballot measures.

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Category: Elections
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States Weigh Options on Subminimum Wages for Workers With Disabilities

As minimum wage policies receive more legislative and electoral attention, policymakers are revisiting the various exceptions to paying a minimum wage—including the more than 100,000 workers with disabilities who qualify to make less than the federal minimum.

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HHS Committee Chairs Gather in Denver

Policymakers gathered to expand their knowledge of health and human services issues, exchange policy options and successes in health and human services, bridge connections between legislators and issue experts, and develop individual action plans to confront issues head on.

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Getting Creative at Legislative Summit

When Amy Climer speaks to groups about creativity, she starts by asking for a show of hands: “How many of you consider yourselves creative?” Usually, about half the people—even in a roomful of artists—raise their hands. That was the case during her talk, “Deliberate Creativity: Three Elements of Innovation,” at the Legislative Summit in Nashville last week during the special Legislative Staff breakfast.

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Have a Wicked Good Time: Hone Your Skills as a Legislative Librarian in Maine

The Maine State Law & Legislative Reference Library (LLRL) is thrilled to host this year's LRL PDS. The conference, to be held Sept. 22-25 in downtown Portland, Maine, will include a full day in the historic Maine State House in Augusta.

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Juvenile Probation, Civil Citation Programs Highlighted at Southern Region Site Visit

Florida’s civil citation program and a new juvenile probation paradigm that focuses on intervention and behavioral change were highlighted when lawmakers and legislative staff from eight southern states gathered in Savannah, Ga., in June for NCSL’s 2019 Juvenile Justice Southern Region site visit.

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Introverts Stand Out at 2019 Summit

An intrepid group of introverts braved a packed room at the Legislative Summit in Nashville.

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What’s New from Children and Families: August 2019

NCSL worked with legislators and legislative staff to design a new guidebook for considering prenatal-to-three issues and policy options. Strong Beginnings, Successful Lives: A Prenatal-to-Three Policy Guidebook for Legislators is now available for your use. Check it out and learn more about infant and toddler baseline facts and figures, state examples and actions to consider taking in your state.

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Category: Human services
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Policy Solutions, Innovations Featured at Opioid Policy Fellows Conference

The second meeting of the 2019 Opioid Policy Fellows focused on innovation and collaborations among many state and community partners, including a session on successful examples of collaboration between the health and justice systems.

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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.