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Mug Shot Websites Raise New Questions About Public Records

For years, mug shots and arrest records have been available as public records open to inspection in paper files at police departments or law enforcement agencies across the country. The Internet, however, has ended the practical obscurity that paper records used to ensure. Now many types of public records, including mug shots, are posted on the web in digital formats, where anyone can copy them.

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Category: Public Policy
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Cleared for Takeoff: NCSL Lands First Class Tour of Reagan National Airport

As part of NCSL’s Fall Forum last week in Washington D.C. the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee partnered with the Airports International Council- North America (AIC-NA) to provide interested NCSL members with an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA). 

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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NCSL Webinar Examines Swimming Pool Safety

While this season usually conjures images of snowy landscapes, warm mittens and hot chocolate, the Christmas holidays can often signal a trip to warm getaways of sunshine and sand—and swimming pools.  With the California Appeals Court taking back up a lawsuit against chlorine manufacturers, this snowy season is the perfect time to ask about pool safety.

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What Can the U.S. Learn from an International Assessment of Student Achievement?

International comparisons are tricky. Every three years the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development administers the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) to half a million students in 65 countries. Legislators and staff attending NCSL’s Fall Forum got a special presentation on the results.

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While a recent Washington Post article notes that the Supreme Court isn’t hearing as many cases as usual this winter, the Court has not been shy about taking qualified immunity cases. 

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State Lawmakers Head to Capitol Hill

The Marketplace Fairness Act, fiscal uncertainty faced by states, unfunded federal mandates and tax reform were among the issues up for discussion Wednesday as more than 200 state legislators from 41 states met with congressional leadership and 150 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Elections Forecast Helps Kick Off NCSL Fall Forum

Courts will likely play a key role in settling election policy disputes, updating voting rolls will remain a challenge and state legislators will face a new wave of elections reforms.

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Category: Elections
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Colorado Gun Control Recall Prompts Senator to Resign

A Colorado Senator resigned last week before a recall election prompted by her vote in favor of new gun-control laws. The resignation preserved the Democrats' one-vote majority.

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Category: Legislators
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Chicago Magazine Profiles 'King of Illinois' Michael Madigan

Chicago magazine profiles Michael Madigan, whose 29 years as Illinois House speaker will soon make him the the longest-tenured House speaker in the nation's history.

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Category: Legislators
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Chambers to Watch: the Virginia Senate

The Virginia House of Delegates held scheduled elections in 2013 but the real news this year is in the state Senate.

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Category: NCSL, Elections
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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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