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PLANNING THE ENERGY FUTURE

TRAFFICThis new NCSL guide, developed under the direction of the NCSL Task Force on Energy Supply, introduces policymakers to state energy planning and explores legislative approaches to developing an effective plan. It also investigates the reasons for and goals behind these efforts, highlighting state case studies where useful.

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STATE YOUTH CONCUSSION LAWS

football gameTwenty states require coaches to be trained in youth sports concussion recognition and awareness (see map below).  Some states are looking for ways to prevent youth sports- and recreation-related concussion before they occur.


 

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ELECTIONS UPDATE

VOTE BUTTONThis latest issue of NCSL's elections newsletter, The Canvass, provides updates on improving voter turnout, the value of recounts, a national day for voter registration and much more.      


 

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CHILD SUPPORT AND FAMILY LAW

CHILDRENLegislators continue to grapple with issues related to child support and family law in the 2014 legislative session. So far, 56 bills and resolutions have been enacted in 27 states.


 

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MIDYEAR IMMIGRATION REVIEW

PASSPORTLawmakers in statehouses across the United States have approved 132 immigration-related laws so far this year, representing a 9 percent decline since 2013, according to a new report issued by NCSL.


 

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HISTORY OF PARTY COMPOSITION 

American flagEvery election affects the partisan composition of state legislatures. View historical data for the last five years.


 

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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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