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Keeping Up With Campaign Finance Laws: Online and Capitol Forum

How much can an individual donate to a state candidate in Illinois? How much money can a PAC contribute to a candidate in Arizona? What about a union contributing to a candidate in Utah or a corporation contributing to a candidate in Connecticut?

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Category: Elections
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NCSL Report Highlights Importance of Dialogue With State Regulators

When it comes to state energy policy, two groups play significant roles. While state legislators create the policies, establish requirements and set goals, it’s up to public utility commissions to implement those policies on the ground—to take the law and establish regulations to achieve those policy objectives. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work in concept.

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Category: Energy
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UPDATE: The Lowdown on 2019’s Ballot Measures

Election day is right around the corner and by the time results roll in, citizens from eight states and one territory will have voted on 25 ballot measures this year.

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Category: Elections
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Time Passages: Could Clock-Switching Be on the Way Out?

Our national, twice yearly ritual of changing clocks occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday, as the official national time shifts from daylight saving time (DST) back to standard time, except for those places that stay on standard time year-round, namely Arizona (except for the Navajo Nation), Hawaii,  American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Election Day Preview: Three States Head to Polls Nov. 5

Voters in three states will head to the polls Nov. 5 to cast their ballots in state legislative races that will decide the partisan makeup of their legislatures for the next two years.

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Category: Elections
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What’s New from Children and Families: October 2019

NCSL’s Children and Families program covers many human services issues, including child support and family law, child welfare, early care and education, family economic security, housing and homelessness. For more about our program, visit us at NCSL.org.

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Category: Human services
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State and Local Cybersecurity Day on the Hill

NCSL co-hosted a congressional briefing this morning with the National Governors Association and the National Association of Chief Information Officers to address the state and local roles, responsibilities and challenges of cybersecurity.

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Displaying 'In God We Trust' in Public Schools

By September 2019, at least 19 states had enacted laws that either allow or require the display of the national motto in public buildings, including school buildings. Of these 19 states, nine have statutory language stating that public buildings may display the national motto.

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Category: Education
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States and the Prohibition of Foreign Contributions

Amidst the near daily developments in the ongoing Ukraine affair, you may have missed the part involving a potential campaign finance violation.

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Category: Elections
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Legislators Focus on Non-Degree Credentials to Meet Attainment Goal

The value of non-degree credentials and the broader challenges facing today’s students were the focus during the 16th annual NCSL Legislative Institute on Higher Education, which drew 26 legislators and two staffers to Park City, Utah, earlier this month.

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Category: Education
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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.