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OVERVIEW OF VOTING SYSTEM STANDARDS

TEENSThis new NCSL resource provides an overview of voting equipment used nationwide, the standards that voting machines are held to, and the process for testing and certifying that voting machines are doing what they are designed to do.

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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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EXTENDING FOSTER CARE BEYOND 18

TEENSAs more states enact legislation or adopt policies to extend foster care beyond age 18, the six planning steps provided in this NCSL resource may help the implementation process run more smoothly.

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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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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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    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.

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