VOLUME 43, No. 1
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THE BIG ISSUES OF 2017
By Julie Lays
From health care, immigration and federal regulations to transportation, ESSA and opioids, lawmakers have plenty to ponder this year.
LICENSED TO LABOR
By Suzanne Weiss
States are re-examining the way they regulate a variety of occupations.
BATHROOM BILLS ON TRIAL
By Joellen Kralik
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear its first case on transgender issues.
A ROADMAP FOR SELF-DRIVING CARS
By Benjamin Husch and Anne Teigen
The five things you need to know about the new federal guidance on autonomous vehicles.
NCSL OFFICERS HONORED WITH RECENT AWARDS
NCSL President-elect and South Dakota Senator Deb Peters was recognized as a Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine, and Utah Fiscal Analyst Jonathan Ball is this year’s winner of the Steven D. Gold Award for his work in public financial management.
SHORT TAKES ON NCSL NEWS
Connections, support, expertise and ideas from NCSL
The maximum on the minimum wage
NEWSMAKERS | WHAT LAWMAKERS ARE DOING AND SAYING
A look at who’s making new under the domes
TRENDS IN STATE POLICY NEWS
Mobile tracking devices ★ e-bicycles ★ work apprenticeships ★ library funding
STATELINE | LEGISLATIVE NEWS IN BRIEF
Newsy tidbits from around the country—from declawing cats in New Jersey and running red lights in Pennsylvania to battling bullies in Texas and going transparent in California
ETHICS 101 | YES, NO, MAYBE SO
This month’s ethics question for state lawmakers: How are ethics laws different from other laws?
THE FINAL WORD
Meet California Senate President Kevin de León
“It’s incumbent on all legislators, whether Democrat or Republican, to provide our citizens a modicum of dignity and respect.”