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Table of Contents May 2012

  State Legislatures

VOLUME 38, No. 5 | May 2012

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GAS GUSHER
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. 

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FRACKING FRACAS
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.

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RURAL Rx
By Joshua Ewing
A program developed in New Mexico may change how health care is delivered in rural America.

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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.

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TASTE OF HOME
By Doug Farquhar
Policymakers are balancing strict food safety rules with laws to encourage small food entrepreneurs.

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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.

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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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LINSKY ON LEADERSHIP

Leading from behind demands persistence and focus.

Online: Read earlier columns from Marty Linsky

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FOR THE RECORD

Alan Simpson, Wyoming’s colorful and outspoken Republican U.S. senator for 18 years, talks about deficits, Congress and bringing home
the bacon.

Online: Read earlier interviews with opinion leaders.

 

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