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VOLUME 35, No. 10 | December 2009

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READY, SET, DRAW 
By Tim Storey
The 2010 census means redistricting is almost here, and changes in the process could make it even tougher this time around.

Online: Learn more about the intricacies of redistricting, and look over materials from NCSL’s redistricting seminars and learn about upcoming meetings.

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BELLWETHER ELECTION?
By Tim Storey
Off-year elections in New Jersey and Virginia may be a sign of things to come ... or not.

Online: For detailed information on this year's ballot measures, visit NCSL's Ballot Measures Database.

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CLIMATE FOR CHANGE
By Glen Andersen
The pain of cutting carbon emissions depends on where you live.

Online: See a chart of state-by-state emission allowances likely under the current legislation.

Online: Read more about steps states have taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and check out the environment and energy legislation tracking database.

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CARBON CLASH
By Amanda Mason and Tamra Spielvogel
States have plenty at stake as the U.S. House and Senate hash out climate change legislation.

Online: A detailed list of EPA actions and links to additional resources.

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LAST CALL
By Anne Teigen and Melissa Savage
Lawmakers hope new technology will mean the end of drunken driving.

Online: Check out efforts states are making to stop people from driving under the influence and additional resources on the topic.

Online: Pending federal legislation could cost states federal money if they do not require interlock devices after the first offense.

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CHRONIC COSTS
By Amy Winterfeld
Making healthy choices easier for Americans can prevent deadly diseases
and save money.

Online: Some states already are using stimulus money to combat chronic disease
 and others can apply for special federal grants to get programs off the ground.

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