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Lose Your Professional License for Unpaid Loans? It Depends

Can you lose your professional license for unpaid student loans? The answer depends on your state and occupation.

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Oral Health in 2019: A Legislative Checkup

Oral health influences how we grow, enjoy life, look, speak, chew, taste food and socialize. Poor oral health can make finding employment more difficult.

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Category: Health
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Trump's $4.8 Trillion Budget Kicks Off Appropriations Process

President Donald Trump submitted his $4.8 trillion budget request for funding federal government operations last week initiating the FY2021 appropriations process.

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Coronavirus, A Federal and State Rundown

In the midst of flu season, the news over the past few weeks has been dominated by a new virus known as the coronavirus. The outbreak of the virus originated in the city of Wuhan in the Hubei province of China. 

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Elections 2020: Why There’s No National Primary

For most of American history, parties chose their nominees at party conventions, with rank-and-file party members and unaffiliated voters having little to no role in candidate selection.

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Category: Elections
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DHS Releases Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking and Other Crimes

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its first strategy to strengthen the United States’ role in combating human trafficking, the importation of goods produced with forced labor, and child sexual exploitation.

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State Driver’s Licenses and Immigrants

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has moved to bar New Yorkers from the Trusted Traveler program, which allows faster security checks when returning to the U.S.  DHS took this action in response to New York’s “Green Light Law,” allowing unauthorized immigrants to receive a driver’s license, and prohibiting disclosure of licensing information to the DHS.

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Chambers Make History With New Principal Clerks and Secretaries

The 2020 legislative session marks a first for eight legislative staffers and one former senator as their chambers welcome them as chief clerk or secretary.

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Elections 2020: Shifting From Caucuses to Primaries

Now that the dust has settled on Iowa's raucous caucuses, let’s take a step back to survey how presidential nomination processes across the nation have changed from 2016 to 2020.

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Category: Elections
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Stay on Top of Election News With The Canvass

In our current issue, we provide a roundup of 2019’s legislative action on elections. The newest Canvass also includes an interview with New Jersey Senator James Beach (D) and a short review of how states are making absentee voting accessible to blind and visually impaired voters.

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Category: Elections
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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.