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VOLUME 43, No. 1

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FEATURES

January 2017 State Legislatures cover

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.

DEPARTMENTS

SHORT TAKES ON NCSL NEWS

Connections, support, expertise and ideas from NCSL

STATESTATS

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.”

 

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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.