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Entries for September 2016

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Selfies and Autographs: Talking Democracy With Fifth Graders

This school year, as he’s done for the past 14 years, Kentucky Senator Jimmy Higdon will visit 25 elementary schools and talk to fifth graders in his district using the framework and materials from NCSL’s Legislators Back to School program.

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Ballots Light Up With Energy Measures

It’s without a doubt that this year’s election is significant for states and the nation—and beyond the Oval Office and legislative halls, energy-related ballot measures will be before voters this November in Florida, Nevada and Washington.

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A Better Way for End-of-Life Issues?

State legislatures have helped people take more control over their health care decisions through the creation of planning tools such as living wills, advance directives and health care powers of attorney.

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One Elections Case, Three Lessons

In Illinois, a federal judge has blocked implementation of big parts of a 2014 law that created same day registration for the Land of Lincoln.

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What Legislators Say About Their Job

State legislators have mountains of information constantly coming their way from a host of sources including advocates, the media, constituents, staff, fellow legislators and many others.

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Importance of Being Socially and Behaviorally Ready for Kindergarten

Participants from 31 states joined NCSL’s webinar earlier this month to learn more about the financial impacts of young learners entering kindergarten ill prepared and not having the important social, emotional and behavioral skills necessary to succeed. 

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NCSL Report Details State Strategies To Improve Health Systems

Around the nation, states are implementing innovative strategies to “bend the cost curve” while ensuring that Americans have access to high-quality care.

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Happy National Voter Registration Day!

Today (Sept. 27) is National Voter Registration Day and we've gathered some fun facts about voter registration.

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Category: Elections
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Extra! Too Much Good Stuff for One 'Canvass'

In response to all the hullabaloo around election security lately, NCSL’s The Canvass rushed back from summer vacation to publish a special issue, Security and Elections: What Legislators Need to Know dedicated to the topic.

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Category: Elections
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Legislative Librarians: The Legislator’s (and Staffer’s) Best Friend

Legislative libraries are critical, nonpartisan legislative resources, serving state legislators, legislative staff and other state agency staff, as well as the general public.

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