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The important work NCSL does on behalf of our states in Washington, D.C., pays big dividends for all of us. 

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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NCSL on the Hill: NCSL Staff Gets Efficient

Following up on a hearing chaired by Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.), NCSL staff took the half-mile trek across the street  and met with Senator Franken’s staff to discuss our position and research on energy efficiency issues.

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NCSL travels to the Land of Lincoln – not to celebrate his birthday (that was last Wednesday), but to meet with legislators and legislative staff  from the Midwest region at the 2014 Midwest Environmental Health Policy Summit, held Thursday and Friday in – you guessed it! – Springfield, Ill.

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Autonomous Vehicles: On the Road to New Technologies

Enter car, buckle up, adjust seat, tune audio system and HANDS OFF THE STEERING WHEEL PLEASE.

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Category: Public Policy
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New Websites Invite Citizens to Have their Voices Heard

New websites in two states are encouraging citizens to speak up and have their voices heard by lawmakers.  

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Midwest State Fiscal Leaders Gather for Budget Projections in Chicago

Despite the recent bipartisan budget agreement, federal budget negotiators won’t be locking arms and singing "Kumbaya" anytime soon, according to Stan Collender, national director of financial communications at Qorvis

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Report Outlines Five Key Steps to Implement Fast Track Medicaid Enrollment

A recent report from the State Health Reform Assistance Network, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, identifies five key steps for states to take to implement fast track Medicaid enrollment.

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Category: Public Policy
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Representative Terri Austin Participates in U.S. Congressional P3 Roundtable

It was standing room only on Tuesday, when state Representative Terri Austin (D-Ind.) participated in a roundtable discussion with the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee special Panel on Public-Private Partnerships (P3)

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Webinar: Everybody Wins—Driving Economic Growth and Energy Efficiency With On-Bill Financing

With state and consumer budgets bouncing back from the lows of the economic recession, efficiency policies that reduce consumer and business energy bills can play a strong role in helping to maintain economic momentum.

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States Awash in Cash? Defining a Budget Surplus

We’ve heard it in state of the state addresses and in various media stories that many states are projecting budget surpluses. While it is true that state fiscal conditions continue to improve (see NCSL’s "State Budget Update: Fall 2013for more information), the term “budget surplus” needs a bit of clarification.

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About the NCSL Blog

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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