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States Respond to Untested Sexual Assault Evidence

Across the nation, state and local governments are grappling with the discovery of untested sexual assault evidence collection kits—commonly called “rape kits”—in police precincts and storage facilities.

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The Supreme Court and Simple Math

The question in Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transportation is whether a state discriminates against rail carriers in violation of federal law even when rail carriers pay less in total state taxes than motor carriers.

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Marijuana Initiatives Growing on State Ballots

While states continue to watch how things develop with Colorado and Washington’s retail marijuana programs, some states will once again have their own marijuana-related ballot initiatives to track this election season.

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Five States to Vote on Minimum Wage

Voters in five states will weigh in on minimum wage ballot issues on Nov. 4.

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Informing Foster Children, Parents of Their Rights

The majority of children in this country don’t have to worry about where they will go to school, whether they get to participate in extracurricular activities, where and when they will get health care or insurance or when they will see their siblings next. For foster children, these concerns are very real.

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Wagering on Elections? Not a Smart Bet

Think twice before betting on elections. This is considered a crime in 21 states.

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States Face Deadline for EBT Cards for WIC Recipients

Like NCSL, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is celebrating its 40 year anniversary in 2014.

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Preliminary Findings Show Nearly 4 Percent Increase in Early Care/Education

State appropriations to early care and education increased by 3.8 percent in fiscal year 2014, according to preliminary findings from NCSL's annual survey of state legislative fiscal offices.

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Child Welfare Policy and Financing at the Summit

A group of legislators and staff from 13 states participated in a wide-ranging discussion at the Legislative Summit about how to better align child welfare financing with desired outcomes for children and families.

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If You're Going to Get Sick, Do It in California or Connecticut

California became the second state to require private employers to provide paid sick leave, with the passage of A.B. 1522. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law on Wednesday.

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