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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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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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Supreme Court Campaign Finance Case Likely to Affect about a Dozen States

Earlier this week the Supreme Court struck down aggregate limits on individual contributions to candidates for federal office, political parties, and political action committees. McCutcheon v. FEC will likely impact the dozen or so states that place aggregate limits on individual campaign contributions to candidates for state office. 

 

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Nebraska, Georgia Join Online Registration Boom

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman on Monday signed into law LB 661 by Senator Bob Krist, the same day Georgia launched a state website that allows its residents to register online to vote.

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April State Legislatures Magazine Available Now

The April issue of State Legislatures is on its way to your mailbox, but you don't have to wait. It's available now in PDF format and online.

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Vermont: Haven for Indie-Pols

Democrats and Republicans have an overwhelming grip on most U.S. legislatures. Of the 535 voting members of the U.S. Congress, just two – Maine Senator Angus King and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (pictured) – are independents and zero identify primarily with a third party.

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New Episode Emerges in Proof of Citizenship Serial

A new episode has just emerged in the long-running serial about whether a voter can be required to prove citizenship

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Connecticut Passes Second Increase in Two Years

Connecticut’s legislature approved an increase to the state’s minimum wage this week. Governor Daniel P. Malloy signed the measure into law Thursday night, March 27. 

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As the March 31 open enrollment deadline looms, some states are making a final push to sign people up for health insurance through health insurance marketplaces. 

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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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