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Entries for January 2017

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Keeping Legislators and Citizens with Disabilities in the Loop

Legislative sessions in four states began this year with new assistive technologies in place that will help those with disabilities be fully involved in the legislative process.

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GASB 77 Breakdown: What Those New Numbers Display

A significant new financial reporting requirement has been flying beneath the radar since it was first announced in 2015, but it will begin making a widespread appearance in state and local financial reports.

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Should States Treat Computer Coding as a Foreign Language?

The issue of teaching coding is a part of larger movement to improve K-12 computer science education. Components include allowing computer science classes to satisfy existing graduation requirements for math or science, establishing computer science standards, and strengthening the computer science teacher certification process.

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Home Visits: Making a Difference for Children in Low-Income Families

The educational gap between low-income children and their middle-income peers starts as early as nine months. The gap continues through a child’s life and into adulthood, creating long-lasting effects.

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SCOTUS to Rule on Which Lower Court May Rule on WOTUS

We are one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court deciding the ultimate question regarding the “waters of the United States” regulations, which is, of course: "Are they lawful?"

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Improving Educational Outcomes Through Service and Legislative Action

Did you know that only 36 percent of the nation’s fourth graders are reading at or above proficiency? What about that students not reading proficiently by the end of third grade are four times less likely to graduate high school?

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Brush Up on the Facts: CHIP Dental Coverage

Coverage and access to care are dual engines that drive improved children’s oral health status. If one engine does not fire, improvements may be erratic and slow.

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What to Watch for in 2017 from State-Federal Emergency Management

The National Homeland Security Consortium outlined its members' top priorities for 2017 during its recent conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., in which NCSL participated.

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Redefining Biotechnology Three Decades Later

Biotechnology, or biotech, as it is sometimes referred to, isn’t the easiest word to define.

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How the Congressional Reconciliation Process Works

With Republicans maintaining their majorities in both houses of Congress and now controlling the White House, can they get their agenda passed and to the president's desk?

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.