State Legislatures

VOLUME 35, No. 9 | October/November 2009

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BREATHING ROOM 
By Jeff Hurley and Carl Tubbesing
A panel of legislators and staff tell State Legislatures that the federal recovery money took some of the sting out of the recession. But there’s more pain to come.

Online: Governor Mark Sanford fought a losing battle with the South Carolina legislature over accepting stimulus money.

Online: Check out NCSL's resources on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Online: Learn more about the transportation projects funded by ARRA.

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BEHIND OPEN DOORS
By Pamela Prah
States are using stimulus websites and “czars” to let citizens know where their tax money is going.

Online: A state-by-state breakdown of oversight efforts.

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TOO BIG TO FAIL
By Dan Weintraub
Despite California’s massive fiscal problems, observers think the state’s future is still golden.

Online: Read about the last, and only time, the federal government offered a bailout to a city.

Online: Read NCSL’s latest State Budget Update and information on steps states have taken to cope with the recession.

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CAMPAIGNS, GUNS AND JAILS
By David G. Savage
States have a lot at stake in the Supreme Court’s new session, including a pivotal case on election spending.

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UNWANTED GUESTS
By Doug Farquhar and Scott Hendrick 
Invasive species, ranging from mussels to weeds, are costing the country billions.

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SPIRITED DEBATE
By Michelle Blackston
Some lawmakers think flavored malt beverages need tighter regulation.

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RIGHT TO REGULATE
By Heather Morton
Amid claims the federal government should oversee insurance companies, state lawmakers say consumers are better off with them in charge.

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THE FUTURE OF FOSTER CARE 
By Nina Williams-Mbengue
New state efforts aim to reduce the length of time children spend in care.

Online: Read more about Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 and links
to 2009 legislation in response to the act.

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STATESTATS

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TRENDS AND TRANSITIONS

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STATELINE

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IN BRIEF: KIDS AND THE FLU

Online: Assemblywoman Sheila Leslie discusses the National Commission
on Children and Disasters.

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