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Entries for November 2017

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Cybersecurity Recommendations (For When You’re Wearing Your Campaigner’s Hat)

Legislators wear two hats. First, there’s the lawmaker’s hat, which they wear the minute they walk in the capitol building and many times outside it as well. Second, there’s the campaigner’s hat, when they’re making their case for re-election to their constituents. 

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Category: Elections
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TV Spectrum Changes Will Affect Millions of Viewers

On Nov. 17, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released new tools to assist more than 150 broadcasters as they continue the process of transitioning TV stations onto new channels following the FCC incentive auction. The incentive auction is designed to ease congestion on existing wireless networks.

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SCOTUS to Decide Public Employee Self-Incrimination Case

 In Hays, Kansas v. Vogt, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the Fifth Amendment is violated when a public employee’s compelled, self-incriminating statements are used against him or her at a probable cause hearing rather than at a trial.

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Senator Yvonne Colomb: Women Making a Difference in Politics

“Loyal … confident… relentless. Those are three of many words that come to mind when I think about Senator Yvonne Colomb.” This was the opening line of Colomb’s nomination for the 2017 Women Making a Difference in Politics Award. 

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Functional Federalism: Defining a New Partnership

A group of chairs and vice chairs of state legislative Intergovernmental Relations Committees, led by NCSL's president, South Dakota Senator Deb Peters (R), sat down with Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and other members of the Speaker’s Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs to discuss ways to restore the balance of power between the states and federal government.

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Category: Federalism
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The One and Only End-to-End 2020 Census Test

Providence County, Rhode Island, is now the center of the universe—well, the census universe at least.

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Category: Census
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Early Care and Education Fall Quarter 2017 Update

This edition of the e-update features a short list of recent NCSL resources. Resources include a LegisBrief about children with special health care needs, an archived webinar about legislative Children’s Caucuses and highlights from a recent human services chairs meeting.

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What Does the Latest Research Say About Body-Worn Cameras?

Recent studies are shedding light on the benefits, or lack thereof, of police-worn body cameras. State legislatures may benefit from and use this new information to help guide policy development.

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May States Mandate Pregnancy Clinic Disclosures?

NIFLA v. Becerra isn’t exactly an abortion case—it’s a speech case.

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Senate Bill Aims to Fix Background Check System for Gun Purchases

The Fix NICS Act, now awaiting action in the Senate Judiciary Committee, seeks to improve data gathering and reporting requirements in place under the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which is designed to maintain a comprehensive account of people with high-risk characteristics for use during firearm purchases. 

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