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States Consider More "Good Samaritan" Laws to Combat Drug Overdoses

Recent celebrity drug overdose deaths—most notably Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman—shine a spotlight on states' efforts to combat overdose death by passing so-called "Good Samaritan" laws.

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Getting the Word Out on EITC and Free Tax Filing

The average tax refund of $2,803 represents an opportunity to pay bills, make those wish list purchases or even save for a rainy day. For many low-to-moderate income families, that check from the Internal Revenue Service is the largest lump sum they receive each year and efforts from both public and private sectors aim to help families keep more of their hard-earned money.

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Farm Bill Signed by President

President Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) into law Friday during a visit to Michigan State University, marking an end to the multi-year and multi-bill process for reauthorizing the 2008 Farm Bill.

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	Farm and Forest Issues at the Forefront of New Climate Initiative

Seven climate center hubs that will track how the farm and forest industry, specifically, is affected by climate change will be created, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday. Not only will the hubs be centers for information gathering, they will also provide farmers, foresters and rural communities with guidance and technical assistance in adapting to extreme weather conditions.

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Voter ID and Amendment Requirements

Photo voter ID legislation introduced in the Missouri Senate seems likely to clear the state legislature this session.

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U.S. House Members Seek Funding Boost for Special Education

Questions about special education funding are being raised by a group of U.S. House members as Washington awaits the release of President Obama’s federal fiscal year 2015 budget expected in early March.  

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Busting Common Myths About Teen Pregnancy

Think you know the stats on teen pregnancy and childbearing in your state? The facts may surprise you. Read on to “bust” some of the more common misconceptions, or check out NCSL’s updated interactive map to see where your state stands.

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From Time to Time... Natural Resource and Infrastructure Issues Addressed in State of the Union

Within the State of the Union speech the president touched on a number of issues relevant to natural resources and infrastructure policies.

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Wyoming Representative Sue Wallis Dies, Leaves Legacy of Public Service and Poetry

Representative Sue Wallis, who served four terms in the Wyoming Legislature, died Tuesday. She was 56.

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Minimum Wage Action Is in the States

When it comes to the minimum wage, the feds get the attention but the action is in the states.

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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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