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Join the National Tribal Energy Summit Via Streaming

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and NCSL combine forces this week to host the 2019 National Tribal Energy Summit (NTES) at the Westin City Center in Washington, D.C.

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How to Talk to Kids About Civics? Use NCSL's New Legislators Talking Points Card

It’s a familiar nightmare to many, in some way shape or form, you find yourself standing at the front of a classroom of school children, looking up at you, waiting, for you to tell them something interesting.

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, shining a spotlight on the more than 15,000 cases of pediatric cancer diagnosed in people younger than 20 in the United States each year.

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Category: Health
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Three States Struggle to Complete FY 2020 Budgets

Typically, fall means back-to-school sales and pumpkin spice lattes, but this year in a handful of states, it also means budget impasses.

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Category: Fiscal policy
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Delaware Communications Staff Takes the Podcasting Plunge

It’s not like the communications staff for the Delaware House Democratic Caucus didn’t have enough to do. But after attending the Legislative Information and Communications Staff (LINCS) association’s professional development seminar last fall, they were inspired to take on a new project.

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Using Addiction Counselors to Improve Access to Behavioral Health Services

Lack of access to behavioral health providers in rural areas continues to affect millions of Americans.

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Child Care and the Future of Campaign Funds

I recently joined the Elections and Redistricting team at NCSL, and in my early research on campaign finance, I was surprised to see so many incoming questions about the use of campaign funds for child care. I shouldn’t have been.

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Paying the Price: Strategies to Control Health Care Costs

NCSL facilitated a lively discussion around health care costs to consumers at the NCSL Legislative Summit in Nashville, Tenn. During the session “Paying the Price: Strategies to Control Health Care Costs,” attendees heard from national experts and state legislators about various factors that drive health care costs and policy options to address these cost drivers.

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Addressing the Maternal and Infant Mortality Crisis

States have made tackling the infant and maternal mortality crisis a priority, though the issue remains challenging.

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Category: Health
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California Worker Classification Legislation Targets Gig Economy

The rise of the gig or on-demand economy has triggered a host of new legislation dealing with how the more than 15 million workers participating in these jobs are classified.

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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.