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NCSL Cybersecurity Task Force Co-Chair Promotes Collaboration in D.C.

Cybersecurity Task Force Co-chair and California Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin met with staff members from the U.S. Senate and Department of Homeland Security last week to promote state leadership in cybersecurity and data privacy, share lessons learned, and encourage further collaboration and support from the federal government.

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State and Local Cybersecurity Day on the Hill

NCSL co-hosted a congressional briefing this morning with the National Governors Association and the National Association of Chief Information Officers to address the state and local roles, responsibilities and challenges of cybersecurity.

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States Would Gain Significant Authority in New Drone Bill

U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced the Drone integration and Zoning Act of 2019, restarting a multi-year conversation on the exact role states should play in the deployment of unmanned aircraft, commonly called drones.

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 Court Upholds Net Neutrality But Says States Can Write Their Own Rules

The D.C. Circuit upheld most of the Federal Communications Commission’s 2018 order retreating from net neutrality. But the court struck down the portion of the order disallowing states and local governments from adopting measures preempting the order.

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The Password Is … Stop Reusing Your Passwords

Abc123. Qwerty. 123456. Password. If you’re using one of these as your password for, well pretty much all your accounts, you’re not alone. A 2019 report found they’re among the most common—and most hacked—passwords in the world. But Cris Thomas says it’s time to stop.

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Congress Turning to State Legislatures for IT Ideas

“States are a great laboratory of wonderful ideas,” U.S. Representative Tom Graves (R-Ga.), the vice chair of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, said last week during a hearing on “Modernizing Legislative Information Technologies: Lessons from the States.” The hearing featured testimony from top legislative technology officers from Washington and California.

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States Break New Ground on Consumer Privacy Regulation

Consumer data privacy legislation was introduced or considered in more than half the states in 2019, a substantial increase compared to previous years. (That doesn’t include other types of related legislation, such as security breach notification and cybersecurity bills.)

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Preemption Takes Center Stage Amid Federal Data Privacy Action

Spurred by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and the 2020 effective date of California’s Consumer Privacy Act, Congress is again undertaking the elusive task of passing a comprehensive national data privacy bill.

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NRI Committee Launches 2019 Webinar Series

NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee’s annual Spring Webinar Series will examine issues ranging from carbon capture storage to new transportation technology, cell-cultured meat and much more

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Ombudsman Offices Keep the Sun Shining on Government Records

This is National Sunshine Week, an annual event marking the importance of public access to government information. The celebration runs March 10-16 and features news articles, panel discussions, workshops and other events advocating access to public information.

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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.