The NCSL Blog

Entries for August 2016

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Tackling Poverty—Or at Least Trying To

In the months leading up to our annual Legislative Summit, those of us at NCSL are busy discussing the sessions we’re planning and why these issues matter to all of you that attend each year.

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States Get $14.2 Million from DOT To Seek New Ways to Fund Surface Transportation

States are getting $14.2 million to explore alternative ways to fund surface transportation.

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State Efforts to Retain U.S. Nuclear Capability

Nuclear power in the United States is facing an unprecedented array of challenges. Nuclear plants are closing across the country, drawing the attention of utilities, regulators, federal officials and state policymakers.

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Sexual Violence Prevention: What Policymakers Should Know

With recent headlines about sexual assaults on college campuses and other incidents, state policymakers may be interested in how they can address sexual violence in their communities.

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The Origins of 'Lying in State'

“Lying in state”  goes back millennia and is tied to the custom of honoring kings upon their passing.

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HBO's John Oliver Takes on Charter Schools

John Oliver's segment on charter schools during the Aug. 22 edition of "Last Week With John Oliver" has generated a lot of attention in the education policy sphere.

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How School Bathroom Policies Got From There to Here

Major actions were taken in two different lawsuits related to bathroom access for transgender students last week.

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SCOTUS to Decide 'Catch-22' or 'Only Yourself To Blame'  Case

Is the North Carolina legislature in a “Catch-22” or are its problems entirely of its own making?

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If Competing Ballot Issues Win, Who Really Wins?

In California, Missouri and South Dakota, at least two ballot measures are competing measures, meaning they concern the same issue.

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Kids' Status: Some Good News, Some Not So Good News

Using more than 4 million data points, the Kids Count Data Book, released each year since 1990 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, provides an in-depth look at how well children in the 50  states and territories are faring in four major domains: economic well-being, education, health and family, and community

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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.