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State Capitol Lessons Helpful in D.C.

Did you know that nearly half of the 113th Congress once served in a state legislature? Having once worked as a staff member for the state Senate in Mississippi, I can see how the state legislature can prepare you for life on Capitol Hill. In fact, I believe Washington can take a couple of notes from the states.

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Category: Legislators
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2013 State by State Data on Child Support Collections

Each year, the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) releases a report detailing information about financial and statistical program achievement, compiled from status reports submitted by states and tribes.

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Category: Public Policy
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What's New in State Legislatures Magazine

The June issue of State Legislatures is on its way to your mailbox. Here’s what you’ll find inside:

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New Report Examines Updates to Compounding Pharmacy Law

In the wake of a 2012-2013 national outbreak of meningitis linked to contaminated compounded medicine, state lawmakers are taking a close look at the systems and standards needed to protect patients.

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How States are Faring With FY 2015 Budget Plans

With the new fiscal year about to begin in just 25 days, 37 states have enacted FY 2015 budgets, 16 of which are part of two-year budgets that state legislatures enacted during the 2013 legislative session.

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Category: Public Policy
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What Does the Appropriations Process Have to do With the White Potato?

While Congressional rules frown upon legislating on appropriations bills, the practice is a time-honored tradition. This is especially the case when members of Congress disagree with regulations issued by the executive branch. Consider discussions in the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committee on the white potato.

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Maryland Suit Claims Voting System Unfair to People With Disabilities

A Maryland lawsuit has drawn attention to the challenge of ensuring each person has privacy and independence during voting.

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NCSL's Child Welfare Legislative Policy Network Newsletter Now Available

Research on mandatory reporting of child abuse, including up-to-date legislation, is only one of the areas covered by the most recent issue of the the Child Welfare Legislative Policy Network Newsletter, a monthly publication of NCSL's Child Welfare Project.

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EPA Sticks to Deadline and Releases Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards

It was almost a year ago today when President Obama stood in the blistering summer heat of Washington, D.C., to unveil his comprehensive Climate Action Plan. ‚ÄčToday EPA stuck to the deadline and released the long-anticipated proposed carbon dioxide emission standards for existing power plants.

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Active Supervision: Not Just for Kids but State Agencies Too?

Many states have hundreds of boards and commissions, some of which regulate professions common to obscure, e.g. private detective, private alarm, private security, fingerprint vendor, locksmith board.

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Category: Public Policy
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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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