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State Lawmakers Comment on Need for E-Fairness Legislation
WASHINGTON—The Committee on Judiciary in the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing Wednesday to discuss e-fairness legislation, which aims to close a loophole that allows online sellers to avoid charging sales tax in states where they do not have any physical stores or warehouses.







“Of course the great recession represented a sea change in the state pension world.’’

NCSL's Luke Martel in Bloomberg BNA

“There are so many factors that can affect electricity rates, from resources to demand.”

NCSL's Glen Andersen in Governing article about renewable energy







'Kill switch' may be standard on U.S. phones in 2015
The "kill switch," a system for remotely disabling smartphones and wiping their data, will become standard in 2015, according to a pledge backed by most of the mobile world's major players. Oregon state Sen. Bruce Starr, president of the National Conference of State Legislatures, said his group "applauds today's announcement unveiling the wireless industry's commitment to reduce the number of smartphone thefts each year by providing anti-theft tools on future devices." CNN












































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  • ACA Outreach and Enrollment: It's Not All on the States

    In the run-up to the March 31 open enrollment deadline, many states, the federal government, nonprofits, and others were on a mission: educate Americans about new health coverage options and help the eligible sign up for coverage. Although we’re still awaiting final enrollment numbers, it is safe to say that enrollment experiences have varied significantly across states—regardless of who is running the health insurance exchange.

  • Webinar Examines Energy Diversity, Reliability and Risk

    Do the rapid changes we are seeing in energy resources pose a threat to the stability and reliability of our electric grid? What risks do extreme weather events, such as the polar vortex, pose to our ability to heat and cool our homes, or run our businesses, during these critical times?




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