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Tennessee Creates Tuition-Free Community College Scholarship

Faces with steep increases in tuition at public schools (58 percent for community colleges, 72 percent for four-year institutions), many states are exploring innovative solutions that provide affordable postsecondary opportunities to all residents while maintaining a balanced budget.

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As Spring Turns to Summer, Transportation Infrastructure Begins to Take Center Stage​

With the summer construction season set to begin, congressional transportation leaders recently made two announcements regarding the nation’s transportation infrastructure.

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Lawmakers Taking Steps to Reduce Health Disparities

While Americans as a group are healthier and living longer, disparities in health and access to health care persist.

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Vermont 's New GMO Labeling Law Faces Challenges

On May 8, Vermont became the first state in the nation to enact a law that would require labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients. But soon after Governor Peter Shumlin signed H.B. 112, several companies announced their opposition to the new law, with at least one—the Grocery Manufacturers Association—promising to file suit to stop it.

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In Cell Tower Case, 'In Writing' May Not Be What It Seems

The majority of the cases the Supreme Court accepts involve circuit splits where federal courts have ruled differently on the exact same issue. Circuit splits arise in cases important and mundane and involve issues big and small. T-Mobile South v. City of Roswell is one of those cases on a narrow issue that won’t attract much attention outside of those directly affected:  here state and local government and telecom.

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Human Trafficking Legislation Moves Through Congress

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved two bills on April 30 regarding anti-human trafficking legislation that have direct state impact. The bills are expected to be on the floor on the U.S. House of Representatives in mid-May for consideration.

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State Budget Outlook: Stable

NCSL's "State Budget Update: Spring 2014," provides a snapshot of recent state fiscal conditions. The outlook for state budgets is stable entering the final months of fiscal year 2014, the report found.

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Film Incentive Debate Heating Up

LIghts, camera, tax breaks. Tax incentive packages offered to film producers in the states have become a hot topic this legislative session, largely because of high-profile debates in a handful of states.

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The Certain Uncertainty of Voter ID

In life, nothing is certain except death and taxes. With voter ID, nothing is certain except court challenges and media attention.

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The most recent issue of NCSL’s Child Support Digest is available to view online.

 

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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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