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NCSL Welcomes New Leaders | Minneapolis—Nevada State Senator Debbie Smith (D) became president of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) during the organization’s 40th annual Legislative Summit in Minneapolis. Smith succeeds Republic Senator of Oregon Bruce Starr, who becomes immediate past president.

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NOTABLE QUOTES

"I imagine at some point you'll have an app called the 'Call Your Friend' app and you won't be using the phone network at all."
NCSL's Max Behlke in Bloomberg News 

“There are so many factors that can affect electricity rates, from resources to demand.”
NCSL's Glen Andersen in Governing article about renewable energy

 

 

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NCSL IN THE NEWS

When It Comes To Handling Domestic Violence Cases, States Are Still Falling Short For the most part, recent state legislation has concentrated on housing and employment protections (such as prohibiting landlords from evicting battered women for calling the police); broadening definitions of abuse (to include, for example, teenagers who are battered by boyfriends); and protecting the confidentiality of domestic violence shelters and counselors, said Rochelle Finzel of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Huffington Post/Stateline

 

 
 


 


 
 
 

 


 

 

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OVERVIEW | PRESS ROOM

NCSL's Public Affairs team assists members of the news media by:

  • Connecting reporters to policy analysts who cover a broad spectrum of issues
  • Distributing press releases about new reports on state legislative activity, reactions to congressional and administrative activity, and upcoming conferences
  • Registering credentialed members of the media to attend NCSL's annual meetings, including Legislative Summit

To receive updates and ask questions about state legislative activity, email press-room@ncsl.org. And feel free to contact us:

Mick Bullock
Director of Public Affairs
202-624-3557

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