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Entries for December 2014

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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.

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Category: Legislators
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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.

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Rewrite Outdated Traffic Laws Anyway?

When the U.S. Supreme Court accepted Heien v. North Carolina I recommended that state legislatures take a look at outdated traffic laws.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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Category: Public Policy
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S&P Report Highlights Impact of Income Inequality on State Budgets

Standard & Poor’s report from fall 2014 calls income inequality in America a problem that is “dampening” economic growth.

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Category: Public Policy
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Lawmakers Urged to Think Big for Transportation Solutions

A day after blanketing Capitol Hill to highlight concerns with federal funding for transportation, attendees of NCSL’s 2014 Forum got a front seat to a discussion with two transportation policy experts.

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States Must Have Cybersecurity Plan

The massive data hack that hit Sony and resulted in the cancellation of the release of a major holiday-season movie is just the latest and most high-profile of a series of devastating data breaches, email attacks and other cybersecurity incidents.

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Pew: State Tax Revenue Recovery Growth Slow, Uneven

The Pew Charitable Trusts recently released a report on state tax collections through the second quarter of 2014.

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How are Driver's Licenses/Voter Registration Laws Doing?

The law in 44 states requires motor vehicle agencies to offer citizens the opportunity to register to vote when they come in to get a driver's license. The motor vehicle offices are then required to send those registration applications to the appropriate elections agency.

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Sales Tax Revenues Expected to Jingle Into the New Year

The holiday season is upon us, which means that states can expect their tax revenues to jingle nicely in their pockets as they ring in the New Year.

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Primary Format Won't Deter Extreme Politics

Whether your state has an open primary, closed primary or nominates the best two candidates from all parties on a single ballot, extreme politics are not going away, panelists said during a session at NCSL’s Forum last week.

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