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Entries for January 2017

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Don’t Be Too Quick to Leave the FAST Act Behind

With the 115th Congress having gaveled into session last week and the 45th president set to take the oath of office later this month, one issue that many are focusing on is additional funding for surface transportation infrastructure.

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What Lawmakers Did to Help Prevent Injuries in 2016

As state legislatures across the country are gearing up for the beginning of session, NCSL staff are looking back at 2016 state action on injury prevention, an important public health issue including child abuse and neglect, older adult falls, teen dating violence and traumatic brain injury.  

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New Year, New Look for NCSL LegisBriefs

Thanks to NCSL’s manager of graphic design, Steve Miller, the new LegisBrief design is fresh, energetic and colorful, conveying important information with clear language and vibrant graphics.

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2016 Child Support and Family Law Enactments

Child support and family law were again big topics for state legislatures during the 2016 legislative session.

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Trump May Need Justice Kennedy's Vote to Accomplish Regulatory Agenda

President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to get rid of numerous federal regulations adopted by the Obama administration. Impossible, many say, but if there is one man who may be able to make this happen it is U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

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Many Are Critical of DHS Designation of Elections as Critical Infrastructure

The designation of election infrastructure as a critical infrastructure subsector under the Department of Homeland Security pleases some—especially election security advocates—and infuriates others on the grounds of federal “overreach” into states’ affairs. 

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What's New From Children and Families?

NCSL’s Children and Families program covers many human services issues, including child support and family law, child welfare, early care and education, home visiting, welfare and poverty.

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Category: Human services
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SCOTUS Gives Police Officer Victory on Qualified Immunity

Each term the U.S. Supreme Court reverses a number of lower court decisions denying police officers qualified immunity. White v. Pauly is the first of such cases this term. It is a win for law enforcement—but one which could have been bigger.

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Getting Rid of Regulations: How Can it be Done?

Despite the fact that the new administration has a menu of options to kill final federal regulations, the most effective options are likely the most difficult to achieve.

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State Legislatures Magazine: Top 10 Issues for 2017

With many suggestions from my policy expert colleagues at NCSL, I sit down every November to write the January State Legislatures magazine article on what the hottest issues will be in the coming year.

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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.