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TRANSPORTATION FUNDING WEBINAR

BUDGETJoin us April 24 for the NCSL webinar to learn more about trends and important details about recent state efforts to keep transportation budgets sustainable and transparent into the future. 

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2014 CAMPAIGN FINANCE

BUDGETThis database contains state legislation related to campaign finance processes and reform for such topics as campaign contribution limits, disclosure requirements, independent expenditure requirements and pay-to-play legislation.

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TRACKING HEALTH REFORM

HEALTH REFORMA new NCSL database allows you to track the latest state measures affecting the Affordable Care Act being considered during the 2014 legislation sessions.

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STATES REACT: EPA STANDARDS

coal plantThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to finalize rules that would regulate the greenhouse gas emissions from future and existing power plants, as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. As these regulations are being developed, states are responding through legislation and public comments to ensure they are meeting their energy needs and resource mixes.

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CONSENT LAWS FOR CAREGIVERS

ADULT AND CHILDMany states have enacted educational consent and/or medical consent laws that allow kinship caregivers to enroll children in school and make other educational and health decisions on their behalf, with their parents’ consent and without having to obtain legal custody. View this table for information about each state.

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FILM PRODUCTION INCENTIVES

FILM CREWCurrently thirty-nine states and Puerto Rico have film production incentive on their books for 2014. As the number of states offering film incentives has grown, find out more about the debates surrounding the benefits and economic impacts of these programs.

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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.

THE NCSL BLOG

  • McDowell Lee, Nation’s Longest Serving Legislative Secretary, Dies at 89

    McDowell Lee, former secretary of the Alabama Senate, passed away last Thursday. Mac Lee, or Mr. Lee as I called him, was the longest serving clerk or secretary in America’s state legislatures. Before he retired in early 2011, Lee served as secretary for 47 years. He was first elected to the position in 1963. 

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