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Oppose the King Amendment in the House version of the Farm Bill and support the Senate versions’ nutrition title.  This was the message from NCSL’s leadership in a Nov. 12 letter to the House and Senate Farm Bill conference leaders. 

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Politics, health reform, drones and much more at Fall Forum

Political disunity, health reform, drones, immigration, the cloud and  the three E’s—education, elections and energy—will all be top-shelf agenda items during the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Fall Forum Dec. 4-6 in Washington, D.C.

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NLSSA Charter Member Thomas Cedric Townsend (1943-2013)

National Legislative Services and Security Association members are mourning the death of former Texas Senate sergeant-at-arms, Tommy Townsend who passed away on Monday, Nov. 18. Tommy was widely known and respected throughout the halls of the Texas capitol for a distinguished career that spanned more than four decades.

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NCSL Addresses NRC on Waste Confidence Rule

NCSL's Ben Husch  presented NCSL's position on nuclear waste issues before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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Joint Committee Considers Medicaid Expansion Options in Wyoming

An interim legislative committee is considering three possible alternatives to expanding Medicaid in Wyoming, after a proposal to expand the traditional program was overwhelmingly rejected during the last legislative session. Each option has a strong backer, though none seem completely sold on expansion.   

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For the second time in two years, the parties have settled a dispute before the Supreme Court over claims under the Fair Housing Act.

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NCSL's Higher Education Institute Studies Funding Changes

A particular focus of the 2013 NCSL Higher Education Institute, held Nov. 7-9, was a movement away from enrollment-based to outcome-based funding.

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Marketplace Enrollment Figures Show State Strength

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' much-anticipated enrollment report, “Initial Enrollment-Related Activity in the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces,” released on Thursday, documents that state-run exchanges have the major share of individuals who have chosen and enrolled in a specific commercial plan.

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How Does the U.S. Education System Compare to Other Countries?

How well are American schools preparing students for the 21st century global economy? An NCSL Fall Forum panel will discuss a study to be released Dec. 3 that will give a snapshot into how 15-year-old students in the United States compare to students in 65 other countries in math, science and reading.

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The Language of Leadership

“Great leaders cause you to move to action. They force you to think.” That's how North Carolina State Representative Craig Horn, speaking at NCSL’s Symposium for Emerging Leaders in Beaverton, Ore. on Monday, captured the essence of Winston Churchill as someone who knew “public service was the highest calling.”

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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.

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