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Entries for October 2015

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NCSL's Early Learning Fellows Meet Again

Earlier this month the fourth class of NCSL Early Learning Fellows attended a two-day meeting in Denver.

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Are Your State's Voting Machines Developing Aches and Pains?

Among the buzzy election world topics is aging voting equipment across the nation.

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Category: NCSL, Elections
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Cajun Primary kicks off election season

Louisiana, which marches to the beat of its own jazzy drummer, kicked off the 2015 election season with Saturday's Cajun Primary.

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Category: Elections
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NCSL Webinar Will Explore Methadone Overdose

A free NCSL webinar at 2 p.m. (ET), Tuesday, Nov. 17, will explore policy options states may explore to reduce the risks associated with the use of methadone for pain, including strategies that West Virginia has used to address the problem.

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Child Welfare Financing 101

How does your state pay for child welfare services? NCSL has a new resource that answers that question. 

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States Have Big Stake in Quieting Quill

If state and local governments agree on one thing it is that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Quill is bad enough and should not be made worse. 

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Category: Public Policy
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Will a Rare Legislative Tool Solve the Woes of the U.S. House?

As of today, the 114th Congress has enacted 72 bills into law. Almost a year into its term, Congress seems poised to enact the fewest number of bills in congressional history.

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Category: Public Policy
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Sentencing Reform Act Aims to Change Federal Rules

The Sentencing Reform and Correction Act is a significant piece of legislation aimed at reforming the federal prison system. The measure passed the Senate Judiciary committee by a 15-5 vote this week and is headed to the Senate floor.

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Category: Public Policy
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Supreme Court’s Long Conference Significant for States

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s term began in early October it has agreed to hear 15 cases—13 at its “long” conference before the term began and two subsequently. Many will have an impact on the states. And a number will only affect specific states—and a territory!

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Category: Public Policy
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Human Services Chairs Share Greatest Innovations, Challenges

Human services chairs from across the nation shared their states’ greatest innovations and challenges during NCSL’s inaugural human services chairs meeting earlier this month in New Orleans.

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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.