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	Farm and Forest Issues at the Forefront of New Climate Initiative

Seven climate center hubs that will track how the farm and forest industry, specifically, is affected by climate change will be created, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday. Not only will the hubs be centers for information gathering, they will also provide farmers, foresters and rural communities with guidance and technical assistance in adapting to extreme weather conditions.

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Voter ID and Amendment Requirements

Photo voter ID legislation introduced in the Missouri Senate seems likely to clear the state legislature this session.

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U.S. House Members Seek Funding Boost for Special Education

Questions about special education funding are being raised by a group of U.S. House members as Washington awaits the release of President Obama’s federal fiscal year 2015 budget expected in early March.  

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Busting Common Myths About Teen Pregnancy

Think you know the stats on teen pregnancy and childbearing in your state? The facts may surprise you. Read on to “bust” some of the more common misconceptions, or check out NCSL’s updated interactive map to see where your state stands.

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From Time to Time... Natural Resource and Infrastructure Issues Addressed in State of the Union

Within the State of the Union speech the president touched on a number of issues relevant to natural resources and infrastructure policies.

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Minimum Wage Action Is in the States

When it comes to the minimum wage, the feds get the attention but the action is in the states.

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Presidential Election Commission Recommends More Online Registration, Better Access to Polls

The Presidential Commission on Election Administration's recommendations include more online registration, easier access to polls, better polling place management and reform of voting machine technology.

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NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee has analyzed the federal FY 2014 budget and how it will affect programs related to agriculture, energy, environment and transportation issues.

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The Student Debt Crisis

More than one trillion dollarsyes, trillion, with a Tis the amount of student loan debt that is outstanding across the country today, and it has almost doubled since 2007. In fact, it’s about $1.2 trillion to be precise. This is placing a tremendous stress on the U.S. economy, and many experts are citing huge concerns for millennials in particular. 

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A Supreme Court Term of Recurring Themes

If you follow the Supreme Court’s docket, one theme from this term is unmistakable: patent cases. The court has taken at least five patent cases (out of less than 70).  But patents don’t worry the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC). Qualified immunity and protesters do. And the court has been immersed in both of these issues too. 

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.

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