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Entries for December 2017

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Legislators Draw a Crowd in Fort Collins

When it comes to state legislative public forums, the people of Fort Collins, Colo., rank high in the list of engaged citizens. Nearly every meeting held by the local two state representatives and one state senator draws upward of 100 people.

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Category: Legislators
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Addressing Cybersecurity in the Age of Autonomous Vehicles

Researchers are hopeful the auonomous operation will drastically reduce the 94 percent of serious automobile crashes attributable to driver error, but the question hanging over the technology is how the vehicles can be made secure from outside forces taking control. 

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The Long and Winding Road of Remote Sales Tax Collection

When the notion that Congress needed to enact legislation to allow states to collect sales tax on purchases made online, LeBron James was widely acknowledged as the best (high school freshman) basketball player in the world.

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Category: Capitol Forum
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How Legislators Can Ensure an Accurate Census

California gained its last US House congressional seat by a mere 18 people after the 2000 Census. In Clark County, Nev., officials used census data to identify the at-home spoken language for a population of children who were disproportionately drowning at public pools so that they could be effectively reached. And Thomas Jefferson conducted the first census in 1790.

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Should States Be Able to Allow Sports Gambling?

What's at stake? Of the $58 billion wagered last year on NFL and college football games, $56 billion was bet illegally through bookies or online operations, Nevada Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton (D) told a session on "The Future of Sports Betting."

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To Speak or Not To Speak? That is the Question

Billy Fallon, a professor in the School of Communication at San Diego State University, was quick to answer this question at a session of NCSL’s Young and New Professionals (YNP) group at the Capitol Forum. “There’s no question: the answer is to speak.”

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Answering the Call to Reduce Distracted Driving

Conventional wisdom says If we could only get these teenagers to quit talking on their cellphones while they're behind the wheel, we could make our roads a lot safer.

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Defending Democracy Against Cybersecurity Attacks in Five Easy Steps

State and local election officials are on the front lines of an ever-evolving fight to keep our systems of democracy safe from cybersecurity attacks.

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How to Respond to the Growing Threat of Wildfires?

Washington Representative Ed Orcutt (R) observed that the NCSL Capitol Forum session on wildfire response he moderated "was a little more timely than we would have liked."

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Libraries 'even more valuable' in internet era

Don't bother Greg Lucas with the tired trope that the internet means people don't need libraries anymore. 

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