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What to Expect as an NCSL Early Learning Fellow in 2014

The NCSL Early Learning Fellows program is at it again. This year is the third round of the program and both the Fellows and NCSL Early Care and Education project staff are excited.

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Getting the Balance Right on Rooftop Solar

Net metering is a hot topic this year. State lawmakers, utility officials and renewable energy advocates are discussing how small-scale renewable energy generation is both challenging and changing the face of the electricity market.

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What Can We Expect From Congress For the Rest of 2014?

Across the country, state legislators are wrapping up productive sessions where they debated key issues, passed thousands of bills, and approved balanced budgets. Yet, in Washington, a lot remains on the table.

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Pat Downs, Protocol and Standard Operating Procedures: NCSL Staff’s Day With TSA

We have all heard the stories about individuals at airports being “searched” in an inappropriate manner at the security checkpoint or taken into a back room and detained for an exorbitant amount of time. Does this actually happen?

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Time to Rewrite Outdated Traffic Laws?

In the case of Heien v. North Carolina, a police officer pulled over a car because he thought that North Carolina law required that motor vehicles have two working brake lights.  It turns out the officer was wrong. 

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Supreme Court OKs Traffic Stops Based on Anonymous Tip

Does an anonymous, unverified tip of dangerous driving justify a traffic stop? Yes, says a divided Supreme Court.

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Supreme Court Backs Michigan Vote to Prohibit Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court held 6-2 that voters may prohibit affirmative action in public universities' admission decisions in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.

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Each year the Legislative Research Librarians (LRL) staff section of NCSL sponsors the Notable Documents Awards competition for state and legislative documents. The deadline for submissions for the 2014 awards is Monday, June 2.

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Are Americans Making a Transportation Shift? Maybe, Maybe Not

Scarcely a week seems to pass without a  new study or news story heralding a huge shift in how Americans are travelling. The number of miles each person drives annually has fallen each year since 2005. Americans took more than 10 billion trips by public transportation in 2013, the most since 1956. Since 2000, the number of regular bike commuters in the U.S. has risen by 61 percent. Zero-vehicle households are on the rise.

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McDowell Lee, Nation’s Longest Serving Legislative Secretary, Dies at 89

McDowell Lee, former secretary of the Alabama Senate, passed away last Thursday. Mac Lee, or Mr. Lee as I called him, was the longest serving clerk or secretary in America’s state legislatures. Before he retired in early 2011, Lee served as secretary for 47 years. He was first elected to the position in 1963. 

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