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Legislative Staff Found Louisiana Hot and Hospitable During Seminars

The weather, the gumbo and the sessions were hot. That’s what the three professional development seminars (PDS) for legislative staff had in common when they met in the Pelican State this fall.

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Want Better Health? Encourage Stronger Relationships

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is funding five state health departments—California, Colorado, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Washington—to reduce childhood maltreatment and improve children’s health and well-being.

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New NCSL Report Shows Early Care/Education Appropriations Up by $368 Million

Overall, state appropriations to early care and education increased 3.8 percent ($368.8 million).

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Veterans Day: A Time to Pause and Remember Those Who Served

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied Nations and Germany in the First World War.

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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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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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