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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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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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E-CIGARETTE STATE ACTIONS

E-CIGARETTEAt least 42 states currently prohibit sales of electronic cigarettes or vaping/alternative tobacco products to minors. Michigan's bill to prohibit sales to minors is pending governor's signature as of mid-September.


 

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FORENSIC SCIENCE LAWS DATABASE

Forensic LabUse NCSL's new database to find forensic science laws in your state or search by policy to find a 50 state chart and synopsis on each topic.


 

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A LOOK AT HIGHER EDUCATION

COLLEGE STUDENTSFrom college affordability to regulation of distance learning, this new NCSL report highlights many higher education bills passed by state legislatures this year.

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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

  • States Respond to Untested Sexual Assault Evidence

    Across the nation, state and local governments are grappling with the discovery of untested sexual assault evidence collection kits—commonly called “rape kits”—in police precincts and storage facilities.

  • The Supreme Court and Simple Math

    The question in Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transportation is whether a state discriminates against rail carriers in violation of federal law even when rail carriers pay less in total state taxes than motor carriers.

  • Marijuana Initiatives Growing on State Ballots

    While states continue to watch how things develop with Colorado and Washington’s retail marijuana programs, some states will once again have their own marijuana-related ballot initiatives to track this election season.

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