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Child Support Programs: Renewed Focus on Dad

Child support programs across the country have increasingly focused efforts on programs that will not only increase child support payments, benefitting the child, but also will put noncustodial parents in a position to consistently pay support and remain involved with their children.

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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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Senate Expected to Pass Unemployment Extension

The U.S. Senate is expected to approve a measure today that would extend emergency unemployment compensation (EUC) for five months. The bill, H.R. 3979 as amended, would retroactively provide benefits to those who would have otherwise received them had the program not expired at the end of 2013 and would fund the program through May of this year.

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Supreme Court Campaign Finance Case Likely to Affect about a Dozen States

Earlier this week the Supreme Court struck down aggregate limits on individual contributions to candidates for federal office, political parties, and political action committees. McCutcheon v. FEC will likely impact the dozen or so states that place aggregate limits on individual campaign contributions to candidates for state office. 

 

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Vermont: Haven for Indie-Pols

Democrats and Republicans have an overwhelming grip on most U.S. legislatures. Of the 535 voting members of the U.S. Congress, just two – Maine Senator Angus King and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (pictured) – are independents and zero identify primarily with a third party.

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Connecticut Passes Second Increase in Two Years

Connecticut’s legislature approved an increase to the state’s minimum wage this week. Governor Daniel P. Malloy signed the measure into law Thursday night, March 27. 

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As the March 31 open enrollment deadline looms, some states are making a final push to sign people up for health insurance through health insurance marketplaces. 

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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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Minimum Wage Getting Maximum Attention

Minimum wage is a hot issue in the 2014 legislative session, with 38 states and D.C. considering bills. To help track the action, NCSL is launching a new database on minimum wage legislation.

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Wisconsin Lawmakers Move to Standardize Early Voting

Last week the Wisconsin Senate passed a bill (SB 324) that would end early voting on evenings and weekends. SB 324 and its accompanying Assembly Bill 54 now go to Governor Scott Walker.

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