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June 13 Webinar: An Introduction to Food Safety

More than 200 diseases are spread through food. From sidewalk vendors to Michelin-star restaurants, no one is immune to the considerable discomfort, pain, and even death that can come from a food-borne disease.

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Elections Technology CliffsNotes

We had the chance to go to a cool event in Denver last week. Academics, administrators and voting system testing experts (the techies that make sure our voting machines are working as they should) gathered. We, from NCSL, were a bit out of our element—or so we initially thought. 

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Category: Elections
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2014 Child Support and Family Enactments (So Far!)

With over 800 bills introduced in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, child support and family law remained a topic of conversation in legislatures across the country.

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Racial or Partisan Gerrymandering: Supreme Court to Decide

In Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama and Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether Alabama’s redistricting plan violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause by intentionally packing black voters into districts already containing a majority of black voters. 

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2013 State by State Data on Child Support Collections

Each year, the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) releases a report detailing information about financial and statistical program achievement, compiled from status reports submitted by states and tribes.

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What's New in State Legislatures Magazine

The June issue of State Legislatures is on its way to your mailbox. Here’s what you’ll find inside:

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New Report Examines Updates to Compounding Pharmacy Law

In the wake of a 2012-2013 national outbreak of meningitis linked to contaminated compounded medicine, state lawmakers are taking a close look at the systems and standards needed to protect patients.

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How States are Faring With FY 2015 Budget Plans

With the new fiscal year about to begin in just 25 days, 37 states have enacted FY 2015 budgets, 16 of which are part of two-year budgets that state legislatures enacted during the 2013 legislative session.

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What Does the Appropriations Process Have to do With the White Potato?

While Congressional rules frown upon legislating on appropriations bills, the practice is a time-honored tradition. This is especially the case when members of Congress disagree with regulations issued by the executive branch. Consider discussions in the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committee on the white potato.

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Maryland Suit Claims Voting System Unfair to People With Disabilities

A Maryland lawsuit has drawn attention to the challenge of ensuring each person has privacy and independence during voting.

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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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