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VOLUME 42, No. 6

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FEATURES

June State Legislatures coverPOLITICS AND THE DIVISION OF LABOR
By Roger Fillion
To help workers, Republicans and Democrats tend to go separate ways—enact right-to-work laws or boost the minimum wage.

TAXED & SPENT | DOES THE SALES TAX HAVE A FUTURE?
By Jackson Brainerd
As consumers increasingly shop online, many state lawmakers say the sales tax is no longer a reliable source of revenue.

HEALTH CARE | DOLLARS FROM DATA
By Lisa Waugh
State lawmakers are lowering health costs by using information technology to identify and manage care for the system’s most frequent users.

 

 

DEPARTMENTS

SHORT TAKES ON NCSL NEWS

NCSL visits Arkansas and Kansas ★ New webinars on agriculture, energy, environment and transportation policy ★ Staff analysts and researchers quoted in the news

STATESTATS

More than half of the new energy sources announced for 2016 will be wind or solar.

TOOLBOX

Getting the Most From Millennials: Three tips from a business training expert to help you get the most from, and even learn from, the younger employees in your workplace. 

NEWSMAKERS | WHAT LAWMAKERS ARE DOING AND SAYING

New leadership is coming to legislative chambers in Arkansas, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Carolina ★ Maryland Senator Catherine Pugh is Baltimore’s new mayor ★ Lawmakers comment on white-collar criminal databases, photographing police at work and more.

TRENDS IN STATE POLICY NEWS

Legislators Have a Say in ESSA: State will take part in crafting plans for federal education programs.

Saying “I Don’t” to “I Do”: When and where religious exemption legislation has passed.

The Meaning of Moderation: Not all states, or countries, define a “safe” amount of alcohol in the same way.

Consumers’ Right to Yelp: Fighting back against businesses’ attempts to thwart consumer review websites.

STATELINE | LEGISLATIVE NEWS IN BRIEF

Utah lawmakers caught rhyming for “Hamilton” on the Senate floor ★ Wyoming tops list of states employing people with disabilities ★ New York and Wisconsin look to forgive young farmers’ student loan debts ★ Florida ends its ban on cohabitation

YES, NO, MAYBE SO | ETHICS IN THE WORLD OF STATE GOVERNMENT

How do you create a more ethical work environment? 

THE FINAL WORD

Meet Carl E. Heastie, Speaker, New York State Assembly

“When you give young people a shot, particularly in communities of color, they just make you so proud.”

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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.