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Wyoming Representative Sue Wallis Dies, Leaves Legacy of Public Service and Poetry

Representative Sue Wallis, who served four terms in the Wyoming Legislature, died Tuesday. She was 56.

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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Minimum Wage Action Is in the States

When it comes to the minimum wage, the feds get the attention but the action is in the states.

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Category: Public Policy
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Presidential Election Commission Recommends More Online Registration, Better Access to Polls

The Presidential Commission on Election Administration's recommendations include more online registration, easier access to polls, better polling place management and reform of voting machine technology.

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Category: Public Policy
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Eleven-vote Margin in Recount Gives Democrats Narrow Control of Virginia Senate

Out of over 20,000 votes cast in the Jan. 7 special election in Virginia’s 6th Senate District, just nine separated Democrat Lynwood Lewis and Republican Wayne Coleman at the end of the initial canvass. With such a tight margin, trailing candidate Coleman requested a recount. That recount, which concluded on Monday, shifted two additional votes into Lewis’ column, for a final tally of 10,203 to 10,192.

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Category: Elections
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NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee has analyzed the federal FY 2014 budget and how it will affect programs related to agriculture, energy, environment and transportation issues.

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Field Trip to Texas  to See How Elections are Run

It was a cool morning in Austin, Texas, when a group of legislators, staffers, two NCSL staffers and state officials met at the state capitol last week for a “field trip” to see how elections are run in a small Texas county.

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How the West Virginia Chemical Spill May Push Reform Legislation

The recent chemical spill and resulting water crisis in West Virginia that left 300,000 residents without potable water is likely to push the federal government to reform the regulation of toxic chemicals.

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Category: Federalism
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The Student Debt Crisis

More than one trillion dollarsyes, trillion, with a Tis the amount of student loan debt that is outstanding across the country today, and it has almost doubled since 2007. In fact, it’s about $1.2 trillion to be precise. This is placing a tremendous stress on the U.S. economy, and many experts are citing huge concerns for millennials in particular. 

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Category: Public Policy
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State Legislatures Magazine Celebrates 40 Years

State Legislatures magazine begins celebrating NCSL’s 40th year this month.

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Category: NCSL
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NCSL Putting Together MAP-21 Workgroup

Given the state impact of MAP-21 and its successor, NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure (NRI) Committee is putting together a  MAP-21 working group.

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Category: Federalism, NCSL
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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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