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California Takes Lead in Legalizing Bitcoin

California is the first state to enact legislation regarding digital and virtual currencies such as Amazon Coins, Bitcoin, Dogecoin, Starbuck Stars and Peercoin.

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Mississippi's Almost Open Primaries

Mississippi is among 39 states where primaries are not completely closed. So, when you live in Mississippi you can vote in whichever primary you like.

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Category: Elections
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Education Chairs Gather to Tackle Tough Issues

Earlier this month, 26 leaders of state legislative education committees from 21 states met for two and a half days at NCSL’s annual Education Chairs Workshop to study, learn and engage with each other on some of the top education issues facing their states. 

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Leadership Lessons from the Battle of Gettysburg

The most pivotal battle of the American Civil War was fought on the first three days of July 151 years ago in Gettysburg, Penn. Historians estimate that there were nearly 50,000 casualties on those hallowed grounds as a result of just three days of fighting. The lessons from the battle and the decisions made by leaders from both sides are as relevant today as they were in the 19th century.

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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Happy New Fiscal Year!

While the rest of us can clean up after last night’s parties, lawmakers in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are waiting to see what gubernatorial action will be taken on their state’s respective budgets for fiscal year (FY) 2015.

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Category: Public Policy
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Financial Stability Means a Lot More than Saving For Retirement

Many Americans believe their finances are in good order because they are saving regularly for retirement, often through an employer-augmented 401(k) plan.

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With the Clock Ticking, Lawmakers Pursue Budget Agreements in Two States

As we discussed in Friday’s blog post, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are the only states working to finalize their budget ahead of tonight’s midnight deadline to start the new fiscal year.

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Category: Public Policy
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State Prekindergarten Programs: A Decade of Progress

Steve Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), highlighted some of the key findings of NIEER's annual State Preschool Yearbook during a June 24 NCSL webinar entitled State Prekindergarten Programs: A Decade of Progress.

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Who's Working This Weekend?

Lawmakers in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania might be burning the midnight oil this weekend. Those are the only two states where the legislature has yet to pass a budget before the start of the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1.

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Walking the Talk in Atlanta For Public Health

When “Gone With the Wind” premiered in Atlanta in December 1939, the stars stayed at the Georgian Terrace Hotel where they gathered for a celebration.Seventy-five years later at the Georgian Terrace, NCSL partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to sponsor a two-day NCSL invitational meeting "Cost Effective Strategies in Public Health: The 'Winnable Battles Initiative.'"

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