Read about the outlook for state fiscal conditions, the effect of the drop in gas prices on states, the ethics of gifts, the debate over motorcycle helmets and state efforts to support home caregivers.Read a rundown on the top public policy issues facing state lawmakers in 2015, state-private sector partnerships for infrastructure, e-cigarettes and taxes and dealing with cuts to mental health programs.
VOLUME 37, No. 7 | July/August 2011
By Lou Cannon
Election success gave Republicans the momentum to push key conservative issues in many statehouses.
SHOWDOWN IN MADISON
By Steven Walters
A chaotic month-long standoff over a collective bargaining bill may have changed Wisconsin politics for good.
Online: See steps other states have taken to curb collective bargaining by public sector unions in NCSL's Collective Bargaining and Labor Union Legislation Database.
Online: Learn about the rules for recalling lawmakers.
Online: Other Wisconsin workers talk about their experiences in the Capitol
A DIFFERENT SHIFT IN CONNECTICUT
By Peter Applebome
On sick leave, immigration, marijuana and other issues, lawmakers in Connecticut had
their most activist session in years.
A FAMILY AFFAIR
By Morgan Cullen and Wendy Underhill
A few folks, after a day at the capitol, go home together.
Online: Find out more about the demographics of state lawmakers.
TWO FOR ONE
By Peter Wong
For the first time in Oregon’s history, the House is led by co-speakers.
CREATING AN ETHICAL LEGISLATURE
The culture of a legislature is affected by lawmakers, staff, lobbyists, laws and commissions.
Online: Visit NCSL's Center for Ethics in Government.
THE TRANSPARENCY EFFECT
By Pam Greenberg
Citizens can keep an eye on government with easy-to-use websites, but are there downsides to transparency?
Online: Find out more about government transparency websites.
THE COST OF PUNISHMENT
By Richard Williams
The expense of the death penalty has lawmakers reconsidering an old debate.
Online: Read an NCSL LegisBrief about changing attitudes toward the death penalty.
PROOF AT THE POLLS
By Wendy Underhill
Legislative aides who work directly for lawmakers are a growing force in statehouses.
Online: Learn more about voter identification requirements across the country.
THEN AND NOW
Find out where our statehouse photo comes from this month.
TRENDS AND TRANSITIONS
LINSKY ON LEADERSHIP
THE SL INTERVIEW: JEB BUSH
7700 East First Place
Denver, CO 80230
Tel: 303-364-7700 | Fax: 303-364-7800
444 North Capitol Street, N.W., Suite 515
Washington, D.C. 20001
Tel: 202-624-5400 | Fax: 202-737-1069