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Tax Actions in the States
A new NCSL report looks at tax actions taken by legislatures in 2014, as well as actions approved by voters.
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Patent Trolling
Seven states have introduced legislation to punish bad faith patent assertions, common referred to as “patent trolling,” and 18 states already have laws regulating the practice.
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State Legislatures Magazine | February Issue
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Women in Leadership
An updated NCSL table offers a state-by-state breakdown of the 59 women in state legislative leadership positions in 2015.
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Poverty Guidelines
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued updated figures for calculating poverty, figures used in calculating eligibility for many federal programs.
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Energy Efficiency
States continued to explore low-cost approaches to meeting energy needs and promoting economic growth during the 2014 session, according to a new NCSL report.
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We Help You Shine
Check out our new animated video introduction to all the services NCSL offers legislative staffers to help you do your job.
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Protecting the Pollinators
State lawmakers are showing increasing concern for the health of honeybees and other pollinators, with 14 states passing related legislation in recent years.

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