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State-Federal Update

Several state legislators were in Washington, D.C., this week to participate in briefings and attend meetings on behalf of NCSL with the administration and members of Congress. Topics included occupational licensing, federal immigration reform, cybersecurity and election security and more.


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Boosting Maternity Care

Hospital closures, shrinking budgets, a diminishing workforce and poorer health outcomes in rural areas are prompting policymakers to look for ways to boost maternal health care in the nation’s less-populated communities.


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Prepare for 2020 Session

From disaster spending to the Electoral College and everything in between, let us help you get ready for the 2020 legislative session at this year’s NCSL Capitol Forum. Join colleagues and experts Dec. 10-12 in sunny Phoenix to roll up your sleeves and dig into the issues states will be discussing in 2020. 


2020 State Primary Election Dates

State and presidential primary dates for 2020 are listed by state and date. State and presidential primaries are used by political parties to determine which candidates for legislative seats, office of president and other offices will go on the general election ballot on Nov. 3, 2020.



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Our American States

The “Our American States” podcast is where you hear compelling conversations that tell the story of America’s state legislatures, the people in them, the politics that compel them, and the important work of democracy.



Tax Break Tug-of-War

States continue to lure big employers from their neighbors with tax incentives, despite mixed evidence on their success.



Get Ready for Session Tip: Perfect Your Public Speaking

How to ensure success? Practice, practice, practice, which, we know, is easier said than done during the busy season. But in addition to practicing your specific presentation before delivering it, there are a lot of tools and tricks for better public speaking to keep in mind.