Read about the outlook for state fiscal conditions, the effect of the drop in gas prices on states, the ethics of gifts, the debate over motorcycle helmets and state efforts to support home caregivers.Read a rundown on the top public policy issues facing state lawmakers in 2015, state-private sector partnerships for infrastructure, e-cigarettes and taxes and dealing with cuts to mental health programs.
Most legislatures develop elaborate systems for the redistricting process. Once the lines have been adopted, how can those systems be used to help the legislature in policymaking? What can be done now to ensure that the systems don't just get mothballed once redistricting ends?
Clare Dyer, Legislative Council, Texas
John Guthrie, Staff Director, Senate Reapportionment Committee, Florida
A complete copy of Clare Dyer's presentation is available here.
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