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Small Victory in Internet Sales Tax Possible from Supreme Court

If I were to describe the Supreme Court case Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl in these three words: “federal court jurisdiction” you would stop reading right?  But what if the three words were: “tax (on) internet purchases” you would keep reading right? 

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Leadership Traits, Personal Branding - and Tinkertoys - in Focus at Women Leaders Symposium

Several dozen women legislators gathered in Park City, Utah earlier this month for NCSL’s first Women Legislative Leaders Symposium.

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Spoiler Alert: We Know How You're Going to Vote!

How will voters vote on Nov. 4? I can’t tell you if they’ll turn out for Democrats or Republicans or whether they’ll vote their pocketbooks or their values. But I can give you an idea of how voters will cast their ballots—literally—come Election Day.

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Legislative Turnover Projection: Normal

Nationally, legislative turnover is expected to be within the usual range of 19 to 20 percent this year.

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States Respond to Untested Sexual Assault Evidence

Across the nation, state and local governments are grappling with the discovery of untested sexual assault evidence collection kits—commonly called “rape kits”—in police precincts and storage facilities.

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Marijuana Initiatives Growing on State Ballots

While states continue to watch how things develop with Colorado and Washington’s retail marijuana programs, some states will once again have their own marijuana-related ballot initiatives to track this election season.

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Legislative Librarians to Give Back to Baton Rouge

Members of the Legislative Research Librarians staff section plan to make a difference to the local community when they gather in Baton Rouge for their fall seminar Oct. 1-3.

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Early Learning Fellows Hear Benefits of Early Childhood Investment

NCSL’s Early Learning Fellows class of 2014 heard a presentation on the economic benefits of investing in early childhood, toured a program that provides single mothers and their children with a safe and affordable place to live, and saw research into the role of early mathematics skill development during a pre-conference to NCSL's annual Legislative Summit in August.

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Data Drives Mississippi Sentencing and Corrections Reforms

Mississippi is among a growing number of states to engage in a process to collect and analyze their justice systems data and use it to improve outcomes with data-driven policy reforms.

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Legislators Get the Online Lowdown at Summit

Everybody is online, but not everybody has an online strategy.

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