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Entries for August 2017

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Summer Progress in Opioid Misuse Prevention Legislation

The attention to opioid misuse prevention in state legislatures parallels the continued rate of overdoses.

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Category: Health
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Too Fast Too Often

Speeding makes it more likely you will be involved in a crash and increases the severity of crash-related injuries according to a new safety study released in July by the National Tranportation Safety Board examining the causes and trends in speeding-related car crashes and countermeasures to prevent these crashes. 

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Category: Transportation
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Harvey Deluge Swamps State, Federal Resources

The devastation of Hurricane Harvey comes on top of earlier disasters like wildfires, floods, earthquakes that have stressed federal resources to the limit. FEMA’s disaster relief fund is down to $3.3. billion. Any additional funding will require an appropriation from Congress.

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Combating Rising Suicide Rates Using Scientific Research

An American adult dies every 12 minutes by suicide. Rising rates have lifted suicide to the 10th leading cause of death in 2015

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SCOTUS Accepts Prisoner's Attorney's Fees Case

In an unusual move, the U.S. Supreme Court accepted a case during its summer recess. Like much of its docket, this case will affect states and local governments

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Drilling Into the Options for Oral Health

Oral health policy is more than filling cavities and a source for bad puns. Many legislators who attended NCSL’s Legislative Summit in Boston this month were surprised to learn that poor oral health can affect everything from annual income to the Army’s ability to deploy troops overseas.

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Blocking and Banning Followers and Friends By Legislators

The average state legislature has 58 percent of all members on Facebook and 65 percent of all members on Twitter, according to one source. As public officials, they’ve likely had more than their share of online “trolls” following and friending them. But can they block or ban these individuals from their official or personal accounts?

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Thursday Webinar: Dual Language Learners

The final webinar in NCSL's Early Care and Education series will focus on policy options and strategies to effectively serve preschool through third grade students who are still mastering their native language while also learning English.

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NCSL, Brazilians Outline Robust Exchange Program

NCSL has a decades-long relationship with Brazilian legislators. This year, 38 Brazilian legislators and legislative staff members attended the NCSL Legislative Summit in Boston, which is a testament to the strong ties between NCSL and Brazil’s National Union of State Legislators.

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Category: International
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NCSL, Chinese Officials Sign Memorandum of Understanding

At the 2017 Legislative Summit in Boston, NCSL officers and Chinese officials signed a memorandum of understanding to formalize a two-way exchange program between American state legislators and Chinese members of provincial people’s congresses.

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Category: International
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