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 38, No. 5 | May 2012
By Glen Andersen
The nation is awash in natural gas, driving down prices and giving the economy a boost.
Online: Read more about natural gas and state regulation.
By Jacquelyn Pless
A new method of extracting natural gas has yielded a bounty of supply, along with health and environmental concerns.
Online: "The Fracking Debate A Policymakers Guide" is a new publication from NCSL.
By Joshua Ewing
A program developed in New Mexico may change how health care is delivered in rural America.
A MEDICAL NEIGHBORHOOD
By Megan Foreman
Accountable care organizations could solve some of health care’s biggest problems, but they’re largely untested.
Online: More on accountable care organizations.
TASTE OF HOME
By Doug Farquhar
Policymakers are balancing strict food safety rules with laws to encourage small food entrepreneurs.
BAIL OR JAIL
By Richard Williams
Lawmakers in more than two dozen states are changing the rules on bail.
Online: Two experts discuss pretrial release and bail.
THEN AND NOW
Find out where our statehouse photo comes from this month.
TRENDS AND TRANSITIONS
LINSKY ON LEADERSHIP
Leading from behind demands persistence and focus.
Online: Read earlier columns from Marty Linsky
FOR THE RECORD
Alan Simpson, Wyoming’s colorful and outspoken Republican U.S. senator for 18 years, talks about deficits, Congress and bringing home
Online: Read earlier interviews with opinion leaders.
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