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Entries for May 2017

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Federal Money Helps  States Combat Opioid Epidemic

State policymakers are all too aware of the opioid crisis that has scourged the U.S. Approximately 52,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2015—and 63 percent of those deaths involved an opioid, both illicit opioids and misused prescription opioids.

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The Confusing World of Autocycles

Somewhere between a car and a motorcycle lies the autocycle. These three-wheeled, fuel-efficient vehicles are poised to take the automotive market by storm. The problem? Consumers, retailers and legislators alike are not quite sure what they ar

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State Legislatures Magazine: Nevada Snubs Nuclear

It’s always been a one-sided affair. The federal government for decades has eyed Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as the potential site of a permanent nuclear waste storage facility. But the state’s residents and lawmakers have never shared their suitor’s enthusiasm for the project.

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Category: Magazine
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State Legislatures Magazine: Big Data Can Work for You

Some say the only thing governments are good at is collecting taxes. Truth is, they’re even better at collecting data. 

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Category: Magazine
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Maine Court Finds Part of Ranked Choice Voting Law Unconstitutional

Maine’s Supreme Court provided an advisory opinion at the request of the state senate on Tuesday. The import: Ranked choice voting in Maine is unconstitutional.

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Category: Elections
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North Carolina Loses Supreme Court Redistricting Case

North Carolina has had a tough time in the U.S. Supreme Court lately. Last week the court refused to review the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal's decision holding that North Carolina’s voter ID law is unconstitutional and violates the Voting Rights Act. This week it concluded two congressional districts are unconstitutional racial gerrymanders.

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Court Shoots Down Drone Registration for Hobbyists

A federal court has struck down the requirement for drone registration by hobbyists who operate their drone purely for recreation.

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Category: Transportation
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States Moving Against Sunscreen/Prescription Laws

The Food and Drug Administration considers sunscreen as an over-the-counter drug product. This has led some schools to prohibit students from bringing sunscreen unless they have a physician’s note or prescription.

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The Greatest (Election) Show on Earth ...

Movie stars make the scene in Cannes. Artists gather at the Biennale in Venice. Heads of state meet soon in Sicily, for the G7 Summit. And election luminaries go to Williamsburg this year.

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Category: Elections
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Wednesday Webinar: Experts Weigh in on Preschool Effects

Do the effects of preschool last? What groups of students benefit most? How much does it cost to ensure high quality? These questions and more will be addressed and answered in a May 24 webinar hosted by NCSL.

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Category: NCSL, Education
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