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UberX and Lyft Disrupt Transportation Status Quo

With the advent of UberX and Lyft, hailing a ride has never been easier. On the regulatory side, however, things are increasingly hazy as these services increasingly disrupt the transportation status quo in the U.S. and around the world.

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Three Branch Institute Meets to Discuss Childrens Wellbeing

Children's wellbeing across a broad range of issues were in the spotlight when NCSL’s Children and Families Program, Child Welfare Project participated in the 2014 Three Branch Institute meeting in Milwaukee, Wisc.

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Hobby Lobby Birth Control Mandate Case Also a Land Use Case?

The Supreme Court's ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), as applied to closely held corporations, may also have a significant impact on land use regulation.

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New Study Offers Ideas on Appealing to Small Businesses

Online services marketplace Thumbtack recently published the results of their 2014 Small Business Friendliness Survey, conducted in conjunction with the Kauffman Foundation.

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Security Concerns Still a Drag on Internet Voting

In spite of a decade and a half of experimenting with Internet voting, we are no closer to using it routinely than we were in the late 1990’s. The chief concern: security.

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Category: Elections
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Is the Highway Trust Fund Road Kill?

The issue at hand is the precarious state of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), which is, by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s own admission, facing the possibility of dropping below the threshold of certainty for state reimbursements by August.

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Utah Welcomes Western State Fiscal Leaders

Dozens of legislators and legislative staff members gathered in Park City, Utah late last week for NCSL’s inaugural Western States Fiscal Leaders Meeting. Attendees from 14 Western states met for a day and a half to learn from policy experts and each other as they prepare to confront pressing fiscal issues in next year’s legislative sessions.

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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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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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