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Maine Introduces Mid-Level Dental Providers to Increase Access to Care

Maine will join Alaska and Minnesota as the first states to have mid-level dental providers, similar to physician assistants and nurse practitioners in the medical field.

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Supreme Court Clarifies Legislative Prayer

Justice Anthony Kennedy is better known for his rhetorical flair that his practical guidance. But his 5-4 opinion Monday in Town of Greece v. Galloway provides a roadmap for how state legislatures and local governments can stay out of trouble when beginning sessions and board meetings with a prayer.

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Minnesota legislature moves quickly to keep online registration open

Minnesota’s online voter registration website never missed a beat last week thanks to the swift passage of a bill that defined the Legislature as the proper authority for setting state elections policy.

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Supreme Court Sides With Downwind States

Usually it is pretty clear whether a U.S. Supreme Court case is a winner or a loser for the states.  But in EPA v. EME Homer City Generation victory or defeat depends on what state you are from. 

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Our favorite information request last week came from a capitol tour guide: “Has any other capitol had problems with visitors wearing “bling” jeans and damaging the building?

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States Waiting for WIPP to be Back in Business

The future storage of radioactive materials from the nation’s cold-war nuclear weapons production program to an underground storage site in southeast New Mexico is on hold. States wait—and wonder when the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, will be back in business.

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How Does Your State Stack Up In Health Care Rankings?

Five states—Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Hawaii—are the nation’s pacesetters for access to health care, the quality of services and lowering costs, according to the Commonwealth Fund’s Scorecard on State Health System Performance.

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Checking in on State Budgets

With two months left in the fiscal year for most states, May 1 marks the perfect opportunity to check in on the status of state budgets. As of today, 31 states have enacted budgets for FY 2015.

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Mass. Senator Moore Testifies Against Curtailing Chemical Regulation

Senator Michael Moore (D-Mass.) braved the dreary D.C. weather Tuesday morning to support state authority during his testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Chairman John Shimkus’ (R-Ill.) proposed Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA).

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Happy 35th Anniversary, RACSS

You’ve probably noticed the 40th anniversary logo on NCSL’s website and read some of the stories in State Legislatures magazine about our history. But NCSL isn’t alone in celebrating an anniversary this year.

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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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