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Research

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Challenges of Rural Communities

Check out NCSL's resources for state legislatures on rural policies, including rural economic development, rural broadband, rural education, rural health and agriculture.

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Occupational Licensing

This report provides an overview of occupational licensing trends, policy issues and best practices and highlights state legislative and executive actions that aim to protect consumers, foster employment growth and remove barriers to work.

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NCSL LegisBrief

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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2020 Legislative Session Calendar

NCSL provides information on legislative sessions in each state, district and territory. Check out the interactive map that allows you to click on any state to find information on regular session dates, and, if necessary, special session dates.

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NCSL's Election Update

The November 2019 issue of The Canvass goes deep into the world of geo-enabled elections. We also interviewed Representative Kevin Bratcher (R-KY) and other odds and ends that are worth knowing.

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Voting Recusal Provisions

Rules regarding how a legislator should react to a potential conflict of interest differ between states, and in some cases, even between chambers of an individual state. This table lists statutory and chamber rule provisions in each state.

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Overview