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McDowell Lee, Nation’s Longest Serving Legislative Secretary, Dies at 89

McDowell Lee, former secretary of the Alabama Senate, passed away last Thursday. Mac Lee, or Mr. Lee as I called him, was the longest serving clerk or secretary in America’s state legislatures. Before he retired in early 2011, Lee served as secretary for 47 years. He was first elected to the position in 1963. 

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Minnesota Raises Its Minimum Wages

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill today that adopted increases to the state’s minimum wages. Yes, that’s right. Minimum wages, as in plural.

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Category: Public Policy
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Child Support Programs: Renewed Focus on Dad

Child support programs across the country have increasingly focused efforts on programs that will not only increase child support payments, benefitting the child, but also will put noncustodial parents in a position to consistently pay support and remain involved with their children.

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Study Ranks States on Election Performance

Forty states and the District of Columbia showed improvements in how they administered the 2012 presidential election over the previous national contest, according to data in the Elections Performance Index, a project by elections researchers at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Category: Elections
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In Wisconsin, Saying Goodbye, Eloquently

I arrived in the Wisconsin Senate chamber the evening of April 1 just in time to hear the last of four retiring senators address his colleagues. Republican Senator Dale Schultz, who has represented his Rockland Center district for 32 years, was on his feet.

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Senate Expected to Pass Unemployment Extension

The U.S. Senate is expected to approve a measure today that would extend emergency unemployment compensation (EUC) for five months. The bill, H.R. 3979 as amended, would retroactively provide benefits to those who would have otherwise received them had the program not expired at the end of 2013 and would fund the program through May of this year.

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Connecticut Passes Second Increase in Two Years

Connecticut’s legislature approved an increase to the state’s minimum wage this week. Governor Daniel P. Malloy signed the measure into law Thursday night, March 27. 

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As the March 31 open enrollment deadline looms, some states are making a final push to sign people up for health insurance through health insurance marketplaces. 

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NCSL President: Join Us At the Legislative Summit

Each summer, NCSL hosts the Legislative Summit, the largest gathering of legislators and staff in the country. We work across the aisle every day to solve problems in our own state, but the Summit gives us the opportunity to talk with Republicans, Democrats and staff from around the country, to really dig into the issues, get new ideas, hear about innovations and solutions, and learn about the hot issues on the horizon.

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NCSL President Drives Home State Transportation Issues During D.C. Visit

Last week, NCSL President Senator Bruce Starr (R- Ore.) braved the unseasonably cold weather in Washington, D.C., for a whirlwind day of meetings focused on transportation infrastructure funding and financing. 

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