The NCSL Blog

Entries for July 2016

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Join the NCSL Foundation Retirement Security Symposium at Summit

The NCSL Foundation Retirement Security Partnership will host a free, half-day meeting to explore retirement savings in the states before the start of the 2016 Legislative Summit in Chicago.

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Summit Will Explore Range of Criminal Justice Issues

The Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee’s Summit agenda includes topics of police body cameras, preventing “dark web” cybercrimes, providing “second chance” opportunities to ex-offenders, and criminal justice reforms that focus on how local jails are used. 

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Yea or Nay: That is the Ballot Question

In November, voters will not only choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton—not to mention candidates from another 16 parties who will appear on at least 20 states—but also vote Yes or No on 125 statewide ballot measures in 35 states (and counting).

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Category: NCSL, Elections
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What's New From NCSL's Children and Families Program?

NCSL’s Children and Families program covers many issues typically grouped under the human services umbrella, including child support and family law, child welfare, early care and education, home visiting, welfare and poverty.

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2016 Special Session Roundup

Special sessions have been held in 12 states this year and five of these states—Alaska, Arkansas California, Louisiana and Utah—have had more than one special session.

 

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State Primary Rules Are All Over the Map

The presidential nomination season comes to an official close with this week's Democratic National Convention, but in many parts of the country the state primary process remains in full swing.

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Category: NCSL, Elections
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States Improving Pre-K Education Quality and Access, But What Happens Next?

With state pre-K investments increasing to nearly $7 billion dollars nationally—up 12 percent from 2014-2015—states have been at the forefront of improving educational outcomes for 3- and 4-year-olds.

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Colorado LegiSource:  A Great Way to Reach and Teach State Legislators

Colorado LegiSource blog features weekly posts  that range from “inside baseball” (Do-overs in the Legislative Process) to history (Old Supreme Court Windows Honor Ethnic and Racial Group History in Colorado) to fun facts (“Why Don’t We Fix the Radiator?”: How a Broken Appliance Led to a Dazzling Restoration at the Colorado Capitol).

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Children and Families Program Sessions at Legislative Summit

NCSL's Children and Families Program has planned several sessions at NCSL's 2016 Legislative Summit in Chicago focusing on everything from foster care to child support, poverty to opioids.

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NCSL Hosts Conference on Rural School Principals

Fourteen legislators from 12 states discussed the challenges their rural schools face and the unique role of the rural school principal during the first NCSL rural-specific school leadership meeting last month in Denver.

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