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By Kevin Frazzini

With this month’s roundball madness heating up, the March issue of State Legislatures magazine offers plenty of solid fast-break opportunities.

Mindy BridgeMarch 2017 magazine covers wrote our cover story on the restoration of former nuclear weapons production facilities. More than 100 of these Cold War–era sites have been cleaned up, with some getting new lives as historical parks or wildlife refuges and providing new opportunities for nearby communities. Heard of “Little Boy” and “Fat Man”? Hint: They don’t play basketball. Turn to page 12 to learn more.

Frequent NCSL blog contributor Lisa Soronen reports on efforts by Congress and the Trump administration to roll back, or eliminate, Obama-era regulations. Can you guess the two they’re likely to go after first? If you know the acronyms CPP and WOTUS, you’re on the right track. See page 18.

Much progress has been made to limit kids’ exposure to lead, writes Doug Farquhar. Still, the metal that fueled the Industrial Revolution remains a health risk to millions of American children—and not just in Flint, Mich., with its well-publicized water woes. More than 2,000 U.S. water systems have lead levels in excess of EPA recommendations, and 600 of them have levels as high as Flint’s during the peak of its crisis, Doug writes. His story starts on page 26.

Alison Lawrence, Samantha Scotti, Isaac S. Solano, Matt Weyer and Rich Williams all did great work on this month’s Trends pieces. They start on page 6.

Molly Ramsdell and Neal Osten provide the first installment of a new column from the nation’s capital. This one, on page 21, lists the priorities that will define NCSL’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill this year.

Stacy Householder shares the “3 Things Chiefs of Staff Want You to Know” (page 22), and Sydne Enlund came through with a Statestats feature on scope of practice laws. Expanding the authority of nurse practitioners and other professionals, she writes, could help ease health workforce shortages. Turn to page 29.

As always, Jane Andrade brings you NCSL staff news in Short Takes (page 4), and this month for the Final Word (page 31) she talks with Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover, the first Republican to hold that post since 1921.

Kevin Frazzini is assistant editor of State Legislatures magazine.

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