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NCSL's Child Welfare Legislative Policy Network Newsletter Now Available

Research on mandatory reporting of child abuse, including up-to-date legislation, is only one of the areas covered by the most recent issue of the the Child Welfare Legislative Policy Network Newsletter, a monthly publication of NCSL's Child Welfare Project.

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Active Supervision: Not Just for Kids but State Agencies Too?

Many states have hundreds of boards and commissions, some of which regulate professions common to obscure, e.g. private detective, private alarm, private security, fingerprint vendor, locksmith board.

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Unqualified Decisions in Qualified Immunity Cases

The Supreme Court resolves circuit splits (where federal circuit courts of appeals have decided the same issue differently) and isn’t an error-correcting Court. But you would never know that if you looked just at the Court’s two unanimous qualified immunity cases decided this week.

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40th Anniversary: Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

The nation's first case of child abuse was criminally prosecuted in what became known as the Mary Ellen case in 1874. By the mid 1960s, 49 states passed child abuse reporting laws. A century after that case, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) was enacted in 1974 and marks its 40th anniversary this year.

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New Study Boosts Public-Private Partnerships for Transportation

A comprehensive, recently-released study by the nonpartisan think-tank Eno Center for Transportation entitled "Partnership Financing: Improving Transportation Infrastructure Through Public Private Partnerships,"  makes several useful recommendations for those states and localities that may want to explore the possibility of adding public-private partnerships (P3s) to their infrastructure financing tool box.

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NCSL President: Preview the Speakers at the Legislative Summit

Watch NCSL President Bruce Starr preview the speakers at the Legislative Summit Aug. 19-22 in Minneapolis.

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Michigan Passes a Minimum Wage Increase

In something of a surprise move, Michigan hopped on the bandwagon of states that have passed minimum wage increases this session. Why a surprise? The Michigan Legislature is controlled by Republicans, not typically in favor of minimum wage hikes.

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State Health Reform Bills Reveal 2014 Patterns

Health reform insurance enrollment has closed for most coverage in 2014, but many policy decisions remain for states to consider throughout this year.

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Happy 529 College Savings Day

Today is 529 College Savings Day. College savings plans, frequently called 529 plans because they are regulated by section 529 of the Internal Revenue code, are tax-advantaged investment plans that help families save for future college expenses.

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Minnesota's Election System Gets High Marks

Minnesota’s election system is a rightful source of pride. Turnout is consistently the highest in the nation, and the North Star State recently received high marks from the Elections Performance Index, a tool designed by the Pew Charitable Trusts to encourage election improvements at the state level.

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Category: Elections
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