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STATE UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS 

PEOPLEDuring the month of November, unemployment dropped in 41 states and DC, went up in three states and was unchanged in six states and Puerto Rico.   



 

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STATE LEGISLATIVE SEAT TURNOVERS

LEGISLATIVE CHAMBERIn 2015, there will be 1,325 new state legislators in office. Find out the number of newly elected members in each chamber.   



 

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TASK FORCE ON ENERGY SUPPLY 

POWER LINESHere are links to speakers' presentations from the NCSL Task Force on Energy Supply that met at the Forum in Washington, D.C.   



 

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SCHOOL BUS CAMERAS

SCHOOL BUS CROSSINGEleven states have laws enabling the use of school bus cameras to catch motorists that illegally pass a school bus.     



 

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EMPLOYEE CLASSIFICATION LEGISLATION

ADULTSLegislation regarding classification of workers as employees or independent contractors was introduced in 23 states during the 2014 legislative sessions.    



 

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ACCESS TO DIGITAL ASSETS

LOOKING AT COMPUTER Access to digital assets of decedents is a growing concern. Several states have enacted laws granting an executor or personal representative authority to access email, social media, microblogging and other websites upon a person’s incapacity or death.



 

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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.

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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

  • From Jefferson to Kennedy, Historian Offers Lessons in Leadership

    Historian Jon Meacham, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his 2008 biography of Andrew Jackson, “American Lion," captivated legislative leaders from around the country at NCSL’s Symposium for Legislative Leaders in New York City last week.

  • Legislators Explore Technology's Impact on Electric Utilities

    The impact of new technologies, such as solar panels and smart grid technology, on state policy and the electricity sector was the focus of an intriguing discussion at the NCSL Forum earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

  • Rewrite Outdated Traffic Laws Anyway?

    When the U.S. Supreme Court accepted Heien v. North Carolina I recommended that state legislatures take a look at outdated traffic laws. The court’s decision in this case may make doing so less urgent—at least to avoid Fourth Amendment litigation.

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