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OIL ON THE TRACKS 

train carsThis NCSL report looks at federal and state actions related to concern over the safety of transporting oil by rail.   


 

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UNLAWFUL DRIVING | PENALTIES BY STATE

Drivers license and keysAll 50 states and the District of Columbia issue driver’s licenses, and conversely, all have penalties for driving without a license. NCSL provides state-by-state details of those penalties.

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NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT FOR JULY

classified adsThe national unemployment rate rose slightly in July, to 6.2 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point over June. NCSL tracks monthly unemployment rates.

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LATEST ON HEPATITIS C 

iNJECTIONListen to the recording of an NCSL-sponsored conference call that took place July 25 that provided legislators and legislative staff with basic and fundamental information about the hepatitis C virus. 


 

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TEN TIPS FOR CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT

HAND SHAKENCSL provides meaningful tips for legislators who are looking for effective ways to connect with their constituents at town halls, group discussions or other meetings.    

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HISTORY OF PARTY COMPOSITION 

American flagEvery election impacts the partisan composition of state legislatures. View historical data for the last 5 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.

THE NCSL BLOG

  • N.C. Takes Closer Look at Child Support Incentive Payments

    Little data exist across the country on how states are using federal incentive payments to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of child support programs. That information can be even harder to gather in the eight states with county-operated programs, as found by a recent legislative evaluation in North Carolina.

  • NCSL Leaders Meet with White House Officials

    State legislative leaders from across the country were treated to a half-day discussion with cabinet secretaries at the White House last week, as part of NCSL’s three-day meeting that brought the leaders to D.C. for informative sessions and to meet with members of Congress

  • Webinar Thursday on Energy Development and the Department of Defense

    While the Department of Defense is a strong proponent of renewable energy, the department is also responsible for ensuring that wind turbines, solar panels and other infrastructure located on or near military installations do not conflict with test and training activities.

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