State Legislatures

VOLUME 36, No. 4 | April 2010

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THE RACE IS ON 
By Suzanne Weiss
States are making changes in their education programs as part of applying for billions in federal grants.

Online: Read more about NCSL's Task Force on Federal Education Policy. 

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KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON
By Glen Andersen and Keith Hay
Serious challenges face policymakers and utilities as they try to keep electricity supply stable and affordable.

Online: Learn more about the nation’s future energy supply needs and find suggested reading at NCSL’s Task Force on Energy Supply.

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GOING LEAN
By Alan Greenblatt 
Legislative staff are being cut around the country, but some lawmakers think the fiscal trims are going too far.
 

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TEXAS STILL BLOSSOMING
By John Moritz
The Lone Star State has fared better than most during the recession, but lawmakers will face fiscal woes next year.

Online: Read NCSL's latest "State Budget Update."

Online: Read earlier in-depth fiscal profiles of Alaska, Arizona, California,
Michigan, New York and Rhode Island.

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SAME SEX REDUX
By Christine Nelson
How did same sex marriage re-emerge as one of the most vexing
social issues facing lawmakers?

Online: Read more about state laws regarding
 same sex marriage and civil unions.

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STATESTATS

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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TRENDS AND TRANSITIONS

Online: Read NCSL’s Prescription Drug 2009 Enacted State Laws
for information on other new laws and check out our
interactive map on legislator demographics that offers
a 50-state breakdown on occupations, ethnicity, gender,
 age and religion.
 

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