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STATE EFFORTS TO ADDRESS CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

Child Protective Service agencies receive millions of reports of child abuse and neglect, but many crimes against children go unreported. These realities are prompting lawmakers to look for ways not only to decrease the maltreatment of children, but also to increase the reporting of abuse.

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STATES EXPLORE ENERGY BANKS AS A FINANCING TOOL

As state policymakers continue to look for ways to boost efficient and renewable energy, some are turning to energy banks. Such banks combine public-sector funds with private-sector financing to lower the cost of investing in renewable or energy-efficient technology.

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CATCHING UNLAWFUL SCHOOL BUS PASSERS WITH CAMERAS

School buses are the safest option to transport students to and from school, but boarding and exiting the bus can put students at risk of injury or death. This is because drivers may ignore laws requiring them to stop for school buses. States are looking at options to catch drivers who violate the law.

 

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SUPERMAJORITY VOTE REQUIREMENTS TO PASS THE BUDGET

In an effort to control spending, some states require an extraordinary vote to pass appropriations bills for state operations. Although they are not spending limits in the traditional sense, requirements for a supermajority vote can limit spending decisions if agreement cannot be reached. (LINK COMING SOON)

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