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Entries for December 2016

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Early Childhood Programs—Expense or Investment?

A roundtable discussion involving legislators and staff from across the nation wrestled with that issue and a wide variety of related topics during a session at NCSL's Capitol Forum earlier this month in Washington. D.C.

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Tracking State innovations in Medicaid: Enacted Legislation in 2016

States passed more than 800 laws related to health system innovations in 2016, including at least 120 laws related to Medicaid reforms.

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Targeting High-Need, High-Cost Patients Can Save Money

Half of medical expenditures in the U.S. can be attributed to about 5 percent of the nation’s patients—those with high health care needs.

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California Demands Uber Get Permit for Self-Driving Cars

In the latest development in the brave new world of government regulation of self-driving cars, California and Uber are at legal loggerheads about the ride-sharing company's use of a small number of self-driving cars (with a backup driver behind the wheel) to pick up passengers in the Bay Area.

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U.S. Students Still Rank Far Below Students Around the World

Student achievement in U.S. high schools is stagnant while other countries continue high student performance and others are moving students upward, according to results of the every-three-year Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) measurements..

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Who Should Regulate Autonomous Vehicles - And How?

Regulating autonomous vehicles on the nation's roadways isn't as easy as programming them to know that red means stop and green means go.

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NCSL Ethics Program Attends National Ethics Conference

NCSL’s Center for Ethics in Government staff attended the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws Annual Conference this week.

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State Legislatures Magazine: Citizens Are the Stars of Election 2016

It was the year of living-room legislation. The voters—or rather, citizens as legislators—nearly matched their statehouse counterparts in placing issues on ballots nationwide.

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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Colorado Internet Sales Tax Case

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case involving whether a Colorado law, which requires remote sellers to inform Colorado purchasers annually of their purchases and send the same information to the Colorado Department of Revenue, is unconstitutional.

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What States Can Do for Retirement Readiness

Estimates are that more than a third of the American workforce lacks access to a pension system from their employer and many businesses, especially smaller ones, can't afford to underwrite one for their employees, who may have to depend on Social Security for much of their retirement income.

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