State Legislatures

VOLUME 36, No. 3 | March 2010

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FAST, FASTER, FASTEST
By Jaime Rall
High-speed, intercity passenger rail is gaining momentum in the United States. But are fast trains a smart public investment?

Online: See a chart of federally designed high-speed rail corridors.

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STALLED
By James B. Reed
Failure to reauthorize the federal transportation law is hurting states trying to recover from the recession.

Online: Learn more about the surface transportation act.

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A PILL PROBLEM
By Karmen Hanson
Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing form of substance abuse.

Online: Learn more about efforts by Purdue Pharma and others to cut down on abuse.

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CRIME AND TREATMENT 
By Donna Lyons
Overcrowded prisons and addicted inmates are a tough challenge for lawmakers.

Online: Read a Q and A about drug diversion policies with A. Thomas McLellan, deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Online: Learn more about Hawaii's HOPE program.

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PAYING FOR COLLEGE 101
By Brenda  Bautsch
Many students depend on financial aid to attend school.

Online: NCSL's new  publication “The Path to a Degree: A Guide to College Access and Success.”

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MAKING PEACE
By Melissa Savage
Lawmakers are looking for ways to resolve land-use conflicts between civilian communities
 and military bases.

Online: Read more about land-use issues and the military in this Q and A with Nancy Natoli,
from the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.

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STATESTATS

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TRENDS AND TRANSITIONS

Online: Find more resources on Utah’s 4-day work week, the earned income tax credit,
tobacco taxes and scrap metal laws.

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