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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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Control of the Virginia Senate Hinges on Jan. 27 Recount

Virginia Democrat Jennifer Wexton comfortably won a three-way race in a special election for the Virginia Senate despite a snowstorm making it challenging for voters trying to get to the polls.  Wexton’s victory leaves the Senate with 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans.

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Best Practices for Debate and Decorum

Has the interim made you a bit rusty on rules of debate and decorum? Check out these eight short videos that highlight the best practices for debate and decorum. Topics include referring to officers by title, not name and respecting the independence of the legislative branch.

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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State Legislatures magazine celebrates humble launch 40 years ago.

The headline on the four-page, black and white publication proclaimed “State Legislative Organization Is Born.” It was Volume 1, Number 1 of State Legislatures Today. Dated January 1975, it marked the birth of an organization—NCSL—and a magazine, both 40 years old this month.

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The State-Federal Outlook for 2014

Yes, final agreement on the fiscal year (FY) 2014 appropriations has been reached and states have some fiscal certainty from the federal government, for the moment. But what else can states expect to see from D.C. in the new year?

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Category: Federalism
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