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STATEWIDE BAN ON PLASTIC BAGS

WOMAN CARRYING PLASTIC BAGSCalifornia’s governor signed legislation Sept. 30 imposing the first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

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REDUCING CHILDHOOD OBESITY

YOUNG CHILDRENThis NCSL report summarizes enacted state legislation in two broad policy categories for healthy eating and physical activity—school-focused policies and community or statewide policies.

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BALLOT MEASURES DATABASE

VOTE BUTTONSThis database includes all statewide ballot measures throughout a century. Search by state or by topic, such as education, transportation, abortion, etc. .


 

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USE OF CREDIT INFORMATION

CREDIT CHECKNCSL provides an update on state legislation introduced or pending during the 2014 legislative session relating to the use of credit information in employment.


 

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OVERVIEW OF VOTING SYSTEM STANDARDS

TEENSThis new NCSL resource provides an overview of voting equipment used nationwide, the standards that voting machines are held to, and the process for testing and certifying that voting machines are doing what they are designed to do.

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ENERGY UPDATES FROM STATES

ENERGY SOURCESThis issue of NCSL's energy newsletter, Plugged In, looks at North Carolina’s recently enacted Coal Ash Management Act and reports on measures several states have taken to increase resiliency from severe weather and much more.

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OVERVIEW | RESEARCH

NCSL conducts policy research in a variety of areas ranging from agriculture and budget and tax issues and education to health care and immigration and transportation. NCSL’s experts are here to answer your questions and give you unbiased, comprehensive information as soon as you need it on issues facing state legislatures. We answer more than 20,000 requests for information a year. Call us anytime or check out our issues list to see what we have online.

Our consulting services on policy issues go beyond testifying. We help draft bills, organize workshops, and convene legislative-executive teams. NCSL staff are prepared to come to your state to work with legislators and staff on almost any public policy issue, or issue related to the management of a legislature. Contact your state’s liaison to schedule a briefing or to learn more about this service.

We also offer access to 50-state information and other legislative resources, such as weekly session schedules. You can find legislation in the 50 states, District of Columbia and Congress through NCSL’s new 50-State Bill Information Service, a searchable database containing the full text of legislation for the current session. You also can Join listservs and discussion groups, search tens of thousands of documents, receive personalized information on your issues, access NCSL books and newsletters, look-up your colleagues in the 50 states and take advantage of e-learning opportunities.

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  • Voting Issues Going to the Voters

    When it comes to election administration, campaign finance, primaries and redistricting, the law of the land is generally determined by state lawmakers. However, these decisions can also be made by voters.

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