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Entries for August 2015

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Congress' Post-Vacation Blues

Slated to gavel in on Sept. 8, Congress will have to consider a controversial Iran nuclear deal, pass funding legislation to prevent a government shutdown, as well as host the pope for the first ever papal address to Congress. And that is just September.

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Arizona Redistricting Commission Returns to High Court

No sooner had Arizona’s Redistricting Commission won last term’s redistricting case than the U.S. Supreme Court accepted another case involving the commission. The irony of the Supreme Court agreeing to decide Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is inescapable.

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Ballot Selfies Are Constitutionally Protected. Now What?

Want to take a picture of your voted ballot and post it on social media? Go right ahead!

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This issue of State Legislatures magazine looks at the lessons lawmakers can learn from efforts to amend state constitutions, a review of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions affecting states, doctor shortages in rural America, the power of connections among lawmakers and much more. 

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Reducing Reliance on Juvenile Detention and Incarceration

A growing number of states are using realignment and reinvestment strategies to reduce their juvenile detention placements amid a growing body of research that community-based alternatives to incarceration are more effective at reducing recidivism and getting better outcomes for youth.

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Strong Staff, Strong Legislatures?

After an era of institution building that featured staff expansion, specialization and professionalization, today’s legislative staff are experiencing a workplace offering declining rewards, expanding workloads and a less overtly appreciative group of employers—their legislator bosses.

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Funding Public Transportation By the Numbers

This one-of-a-kind report examines the role of state legislatures in funding and supporting public transportation projects.

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Affirmative Action at Austin: Take 2

If you were going to bet on the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court case—much less the court’s reasoning—you should avoid the Fisher case. It’s anyone’s best guess.

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States Take the Wheel as Congress Sputters Along

Tired and frustrated with the uncertainty and lack of movement at the federal level, state legislatures have stepped up to the plate to begin balancing the ledgers for transportation investment.

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This issue of State Legislatures magazine looks at surprising fiscal pressures states are facing, the struggle of female lawmakers, efforts to preserve land around military bases, insights from brain research and much more.

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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.