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Bill Behnk, Legislative Computer Pioneer, Has Died

Bill Behnk, former Coordinator of Legislative Information Systems for the Office of Legislative Counsel in California, and a longtime member and enthusiastic supporter of NCSL and the National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT), died April 8. He was 87.

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Webinar Examines Energy Diversity, Reliability and Risk

Do the rapid changes we are seeing in energy resources pose a threat to the stability and reliability of our electric grid? What risks do extreme weather events, such as the polar vortex, pose to our ability to heat and cool our homes, or run our businesses, during these critical times?


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Ever Wonder What's in Your Water?

Fifteen percent of people in the United States consume drinking water from unregulated, private water systems that are not covered by the Safe Drinking Water Act or other federal water safety requirements. Attend an April 11 webinar to learn more.

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Oce Smith, longtime sergeant-at-arms in the West Virginia Legislature, was honored recently with the National Legislative Services and Security Association's President's Charter Member Achievement Award.

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April State Legislatures Magazine Available Now

The April issue of State Legislatures is on its way to your mailbox, but you don't have to wait. It's available now in PDF format and online.

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EPA Flows Forward with 'Waters of the U.S.' Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) along with the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have released the long-awaited Definition of “Waters of the U.S.” Under the Clean Water Act proposed draft rule. 

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NCSL President: Join Us At the Legislative Summit

Each summer, NCSL hosts the Legislative Summit, the largest gathering of legislators and staff in the country. We work across the aisle every day to solve problems in our own state, but the Summit gives us the opportunity to talk with Republicans, Democrats and staff from around the country, to really dig into the issues, get new ideas, hear about innovations and solutions, and learn about the hot issues on the horizon.

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The Sad Tale of Rails-to-Trails

The odds were against state and local government in the Brandt case for the most compelling reason possible: precedent (old, but pretty much on point) contradicted our position. 

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U.S. House Judiciary Committee Takes Next Step on Marketplace Fairness Act

The 113th Congress is expected to pass less legislation than any other Congress in history. However, someone forgot to tell that to the sponsors of the Marketplace Fairness Act.

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March State Legislatures Magazine - Now Available Online

The cover article looks at the maximum divide over the minimum wage. Opponents of raising the minimum wage contend that will force businesses to cut staff, while proponents argue that giving workers more disposable income puts money back into the economy.

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