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Legislators Explore Technology's Impact on Electric Utilities

The impact of new technologies, such as solar panels and smart grid technology, on state policy and the electricity sector was the focus of an intriguing discussion at the NCSL Forum earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

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Lawmakers Urged to Think Big for Transportation Solutions

A day after blanketing Capitol Hill to highlight concerns with federal funding for transportation, attendees of NCSL’s 2014 Forum got a front seat to a discussion with two transportation policy experts.

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States Must Have Cybersecurity Plan

The massive data hack that hit Sony and resulted in the cancellation of the release of a major holiday-season movie is just the latest and most high-profile of a series of devastating data breaches, email attacks and other cybersecurity incidents.

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Pew: State Tax Revenue Recovery Growth Slow, Uneven

The Pew Charitable Trusts recently released a report on state tax collections through the second quarter of 2014.

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How are Driver's Licenses/Voter Registration Laws Doing?

The law in 44 states requires motor vehicle agencies to offer citizens the opportunity to register to vote when they come in to get a driver's license. The motor vehicle offices are then required to send those registration applications to the appropriate elections agency.

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Sales Tax Revenues Expected to Jingle Into the New Year

The holiday season is upon us, which means that states can expect their tax revenues to jingle nicely in their pockets as they ring in the New Year.

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Primary Format Won't Deter Extreme Politics

Whether your state has an open primary, closed primary or nominates the best two candidates from all parties on a single ballot, extreme politics are not going away, panelists said during a session at NCSL’s Forum last week.

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Economist Christopher Thornberg Upbeat About Economy at NCSL Seminar

Economist Christopher Thornberg, founding partner of Beacon Economics, presented an optimistic outlook for the United States’ economy at the NCSL Fiscal Leaders Seminar last month in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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It's Not Just About a Confederate Flag License Plate

In Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board rejected the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ application for a specialty license plate featuring images of the Confederate Flag.

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Prekindergarten Just Got a Boost in Many States

Many state legislatures continue to focus on developing and funding expansion in state prekindergarten programs to support children’s readiness for school. This topic will be one to watch in 2015.

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