State Legislatures

VOLUME 37, No. 10 | December 2011

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CONSIDERING THE COUNT
By William Frey
One of the nation’s leading demographers points to population changes that will shape the next decade.

Online: See an interactive map on the census.

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POLICY, POLITICS AND POPULATION
By Edward P. Smith
Astute lawmakers can track trends and gain valuable insight from the census.

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SEVEN SENTENCING PRINCIPLES
By Donna Lyons
Things lawmakers need to know about reforming corrections policy.

Online: Read NCSL's publicatiopn“Principles of Effective State Sentencing and Corrections Policy: A Report of the NCSL Sentencing and Corrections Work Group.”

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THE DOPE ON DRUG SENTENCING
By Alison Lawrence
New approaches simplify sentencing, get more drug abusers treatment and save states money.

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THE SOLAR INDUSTRY: RISE AND SHINE
By Glen Andersen
The clouds of high costs haven’t darkened the solar promise.

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BOOK REVIEW: "BUDGETING, POLITICS AND POWER"
By Peggy Kerns
A new book looks inside the budget process.

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THEN AND NOW

Find out where our statehouse photo comes from this month.

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STATESTATS

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TRENDS AND TRANSITIONS

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STATELINE

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PEOPLE

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TAKING THE FLOOR

Online: Read past issues of Taking the Floor: October/November 2011, September 2011; July/August 2011; May 2011; January 2011.

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FOR THE RECORD: RICHARD RAVITCH

Online: Read previous interviews with newsmakers.