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New CDC Report: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences Could Reduce Leading Causes of Death

Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are linked to 14 negative health and social outcomes in adulthood, such as depression, asthma, unemployment, and other issues, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Category: Health
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As College Football Turns 150, Lawmakers Reflect on Lessons Learned on the Gridiron

Nov. 6, 1869, was a monumental day in the history of college sports. With football season well underway, we look back at that fall afternoon when Princeton University and Rutgers University clashed in the first college football game to be played in the U.S. Today, we celebrate a pair of former college football players who have risen to leadership roles in their legislatures.

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Category: Legislators
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Voters Say 'Yes' to Majority of 2019 Ballot Measures

Voters were in an affirming mood Tuesday, approving at least 14 of 20 ballot measures across seven states. Earlier this year, Louisianans approved two out of four ballot measures, and voters in the U.S. Virgin Islands also weighed in on one measure, though it failed due to low voter turnout. Results are still rolling in, and three measures remain too close to call.

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Category: Elections
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Democrats Flip Virginia Legislature; Kentucky Democrat Claims Win in Governor’s Race

While votes are still being tallied, Virginia Democrats have picked up at least five seats in the House of Delegates and two seats in the Senate to take control of state government (Governor Ralph Northam is a Democrat) for the first time in over two decades.  

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Category: Elections
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The federal and state health insurance marketplaces have been open and ready for business since Nov. 1. Despite the pending federal appeals court decision regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of Americans will shop for ACA health plans through HealthCare.gov and the state exchanges during open enrollment.

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Category: Health
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Principals and Policy Makers

NCSL gathered education committee chairs from around the country in San Antonio, Texas, to discuss a variety of pressing education topics, including the intricacies of school principals, their effects on teachers and students, and how to implement pipelines in their states.

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Category: Education
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Redistricting, Explained Graphically

Arcane. Complex. Incomprehensible. These are words often used to describe redistricting. We all know the old saw that a picture is worth a thousand words, so NCSL decided to give pictures a chance at explaining what redistricting is all about. We hired a graphic recorder, Matt Orley of Big Paper Strategy, to draw what he heard at October’s redistricting seminar.

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Alaska Focuses on Increasing Job Opportunities for Citizens With Disabilities

More than 20 department and division leaders from across Alaska’s state government met recently with partners on the State Exchange on Employment and Disability (SEED) project to discuss and assess policy options aimed at increasing employment for Alaskans with disabilities.

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Nov. 5 Election Helps Determine Who Will Redistrict Next

From ballot initiatives to school boards to city councils, a lot is on the table in these off-year elections. But perhaps nothing will be as consequential for future policy decisions as the elections for those officials who will draw legislative and congressional districts following the 2020 census.

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Reinsurance 101: Mitigating Risk Selection and Costs in Health Insurance

Nov. 1 marked the beginning of the 2020 open enrollment period for marketplace insurance. With the cost of health care continuing to rise, premiums will be on the forefront of many consumers’ minds as they compare available marketplace plans.

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Category: Health
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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.