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09
Human Trafficking Legislation Moves Through Congress

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved two bills on April 30 regarding anti-human trafficking legislation that have direct state impact. The bills are expected to be on the floor on the U.S. House of Representatives in mid-May for consideration.

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09
State Budget Outlook: Stable

NCSL's "State Budget Update: Spring 2014," provides a snapshot of recent state fiscal conditions. The outlook for state budgets is stable entering the final months of fiscal year 2014, the report found.

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Film Incentive Debate Heating Up

LIghts, camera, tax breaks. Tax incentive packages offered to film producers in the states have become a hot topic this legislative session, largely because of high-profile debates in a handful of states.

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08
The Certain Uncertainty of Voter ID

In life, nothing is certain except death and taxes. With voter ID, nothing is certain except court challenges and media attention.

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The most recent issue of NCSL’s Child Support Digest is available to view online.

 

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May 7: National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Today and throughout May, communities and youth across the nation celebrate two decades of steady decline in the nation’s teen pregnancy rate.

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Maine Introduces Mid-Level Dental Providers to Increase Access to Care

Maine will join Alaska and Minnesota as the first states to have mid-level dental providers, similar to physician assistants and nurse practitioners in the medical field.

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Supreme Court Clarifies Legislative Prayer

Justice Anthony Kennedy is better known for his rhetorical flair that his practical guidance. But his 5-4 opinion Monday in Town of Greece v. Galloway provides a roadmap for how state legislatures and local governments can stay out of trouble when beginning sessions and board meetings with a prayer.

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05
Minnesota legislature moves quickly to keep online registration open

Minnesota’s online voter registration website never missed a beat last week thanks to the swift passage of a bill that defined the Legislature as the proper authority for setting state elections policy.

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Supreme Court Sides With Downwind States

Usually it is pretty clear whether a U.S. Supreme Court case is a winner or a loser for the states.  But in EPA v. EME Homer City Generation victory or defeat depends on what state you are from. 

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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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