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New Initiative Aims to Improve Value of Health System

Increasingly policymakers are asking the question, “What are we paying for with our state’s health care dollars?” Unfortunately, the answer often is, “Not the health system we want.”

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State-Friendly Education Bill Hits Committee Mark-Up

The Senate HELP Committee bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), moves forward this week with Tuesday’s mark-up of a bipartisan bill that represents intense negotiations between Chairman Senator Lamar Alexander (Tennessee) and Ranking Member Senator Patty Murray (Washington)—and in several key respects resembles the NCSL-NGA reauthorization plan that was released in February.

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Lawmakers Focus on Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury

Tragic stories of high school athletes sustaining serious and sometimes fatal injuries have been a key factor in all 50 states and the District of Columbia passing laws addressing traumatic brain injury in the past five years.

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2015 Update: States React to EPA’s Emissions Reduction Proposal

So far in the 2015 session, legislatures in 27 states introduced 72 bills or resolutions related to the EPA's Clean Power Plan and power plants carbon dioxide emissions regulations.

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Will Death Penalty Cases Dominate Next Court Term?

So far, the U.S. Supreme Court's docket for next term has fewer than 10 cases and two of them involve the death penalty. Combined, they raise at least three issues.

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Tunisian Lawmakers Visit NCSL

A group of Tunisian lawmakers who are heavily involved in their country’s transition to democracy visited NCSL this week gathering information about the nuts and bolts of government.

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Does Your Medicaid Program Have the Capacity for System Reforms?

States’ foremost hurdle in implementing successful, value-added Medicaid payment and delivery system reforms is capacity, according to a new report from the National Association of State Medicaid Directors.

 

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New Mexico Poised to Allow Online Voter Registration

New Mexico is poised to become the latest state to allow its citizens to register to vote online.

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Court: GPS Monitoring of Sex Offenders is a Fourth Amendment Search

Beginning in the mid-2000s, numerous states adopted versions of “Jessica’s Law” requiring GPS monitoring of certain sex offenders.

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Supreme Court to Decide If Juvenile Life-Without-Parole Mandate Is Retroactive

In 2012, in Miller v. Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that states may not mandate that juvenile offenders be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. In Montgomery v. Louisiana the court will decide whether Miller is retroactive and should apply to those convicted before the case was decided.

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