The NCSL Blog

Entries for April 2016

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State Legislatures Magazine: Keeping Student Data Safe

Over time, schools collect a huge amount of information on student attendance, behavior and performance. Generally, that’s is a good thing.

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Mistaken Beliefs May Mean Constitutional Claims

Bad facts make bad law.

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CMS Releases Final Rule Governing Medicaid and CHIP Programs Delivered in Managed Care

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the final rule to govern the operation of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs that offer benefits and services through a managed care delivery system.

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Look Who's Speaking at the Legislative Summit

The keynote speakers at the NCSL Legislative Summit include leading voices on demographics, economics, and politics. Here’s just a few of the inspiring speakers you’ll hear from in Chicago:

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Felon Voting Rights: A Legislative/Executive Struggle in Virginia

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced an executive order last week automatically restoring voting rights to convicted felons who have completed their prison sentence and their term of supervised release as of April 22.

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Purple Reigns in Minnesota House Tribute to Prince

Representative Peggy Flanagan ( DFL-St. Louis Park) sang Prince's hit “Purple Rain” Monday, accompanied by Representative Mike Freiberg (DFL-Golden Valley) on piano.

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Pretrial Policy: What States are Doing to Protect Victims

Recent pretrial legislative actions have focused on risk-based decision making to enhance public safety and reduce unnecessary detention.

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Spring Cleaning Your Voter Lists

The 2016 presidential primaries have been memorable so far, not only because of the candidates, but also because of the stories emerging about different aspects of states’ election systems.

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How Broad Is Bribery?

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has put forward his best case that a lower court has adopted an overly broad definition of “official acts” in federal bribery statutes. Will the U.S. Supreme Court agree?

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April’s Spotlight Is on Preventing Child Maltreatment

The number of children experiencing abuse and neglect has increased steadily since 2011. Child maltreatment includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect.

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