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Summit Tour Shows the Forest Through the Paper

Did you know that forest products manufacturing is a carbon-neutral process or that the paper products manufacturing industry generates about 4.5 percent of total annual U.S. manufacturing GDP? Did you know it's among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states?

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Jennifer Jones, John Snyder Honored With Legislative Staff Achievement Awards

Jennifer Jones of Texas and John Snyder of Kentucky were awarded the Standing Committees Legislative Staff Achievement Award at NCSL's Legislative Summit in Minneapolis in August.

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Weighty Topic: New State Obesity Data

Anyone who’s ever struggled with their weight (and that’s a lot of us) may or may not have been waiting with bated breath for the 2013 state obesity data just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Can an App Make Teens Better Drivers?

Every minute in the U.S., 660,000 drivers use handheld devices while driving.

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Long Live the Weak Expansion

Is there a disconnect between economic reality and public perception?

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Keeping the American Dream Alive the Issue at Summit Forum

Is the American Dream still attainable? Given the data on poverty, income inequality and lower economic mobility, what role do states play in ensuring every American has the opportunity to succeed?

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Turning up ways to boost voter turnout

There’s an old joke I’ve heard one time too many. It goes like this: A politician is asked to respond to an election with turnout so low that only three voters showed up. The response: “Fine, as long as two of them vote for me.”

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Lawmakers Seek Solutions for Transportation Funding Shortfalls

State lawmakers gathered during last week's Legislative Summit for a roundtable discussion seeking solutions to the potential transportation funding shortfalls.

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NCSL Launches Initiative & Referendum Database

How has the initiative and referendum process changed over the years? What are some laws that could be affecting my state this year?

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Judging by the tangle of litigation at state and federal courts, voter ID laws continue to smolder as an issue.

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