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Majority of State Legislatures Will Convene This Month

Legislative sessions for 2015 are underway! All the 50 state legislatures and six U.S. possessions and territories will meet this year.

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NCSL Task Force: Marketplace Fairness Act Superior to Origin Sourcing

After more than three hours of testimony from leading state tax experts, proponents, and opponents of the hybrid origin sourcing concept, the task force learned that it would radically change the way sales taxes are imposed and would effectually raise taxes on most every American and would create complex administrative burdens on states.

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Are Publicly Financed Sports Stadiums Worth the Cost?

Just days before the start of the New Year and the end of his term, Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray signed a bill approving public funding for the construction of a new $300 million stadium for the city’s professional soccer team, D.C. United.

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Category: Public Policy
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Illinois Pioneers State-run Retirement Plan for Private Sector Workers

Departing Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a groundbreaking bill on Sunday that supporters say will help pave the way to a secure retirement for millions of private sector workers.

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Category: Public Policy
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Massachusetts State House Time Capsule Yields Delights

Paul Revere and Samuel Adams couldn't have fathomed the attention lavished on the little package of artifacts they buried in the cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House on the Fourth of July, 1795, and unearthed Tuesday night.

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Category: Capitols
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Is Juvenile Life Without Parole Ruling Retroactive?

In 2012 in Miller v. Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that states may not mandate that juvenile offenders be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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Category: Public Policy
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From Jefferson to Kennedy, Historian Offers Lessons in Leadership

Historian Jon Meacham, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his 2008 biography of Andrew Jackson, “American Lion," captivated legislative leaders from around the country at NCSL’s Symposium for Legislative Leaders in New York City last week.

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Category: Legislators
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Legislators Explore Technology's Impact on Electric Utilities

The impact of new technologies, such as solar panels and smart grid technology, on state policy and the electricity sector was the focus of an intriguing discussion at the NCSL Forum earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

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Rewrite Outdated Traffic Laws Anyway?

When the U.S. Supreme Court accepted Heien v. North Carolina I recommended that state legislatures take a look at outdated traffic laws. The court’s decision in this case may make doing so less urgent—at least to avoid Fourth Amendment litigation.

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S&P Report Highlights Impact of Income Inequality on State Budgets

Standard & Poor’s report from fall 2014 calls income inequality in America a problem that is “dampening” economic growth.

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Category: Public Policy
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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.

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