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Entries for October 2017

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Human Services Chairs Meeting Focuses on Multi-Generational Strategies

In early October, 27 chairs of human services and related appropriations committees representing 21 states convened in Nashville, Tenn. for NCSL’s Human Services Chairs Meeting.

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Spooks and Specters: Haunted Capitol Tours that Will Chill Your Bones

Have you walked the halls of your state capitol in the quiet of the night and wondered if any spirits lurk nearby? Do you catch a glimpse of movement, yet turn to find nothing there? In a recent query of those tasked with watching over the capitols, many report footsteps when no one is there, strange music that stills when they enter the room, doors that open by themselves, and the eerie feeling of being watched.

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Category: Capitols
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Autonomous Cars: The Future is Near but Unclear

Autonomous vehicles were in the driver's seat during the second day of NCSL's State Transportation Leaders Symposium last week in Denver. Lawmakers, researchers and administrators from both the public and private sectors engaged in what exactly an autonomous vehicle is, what regulatory structure is needed and what kind of infrastructure states need to fully utilize the benefits and cope with the challenges of the coming autonomous vehicle revolution.

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Category: Transportation
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States Seek Creative Ways to Make Up For Sinking Gas Tax Revenue

Just a day after the White House said it was considering supporting a bump in the federal gasoline tax, a trio of state legislatyors at NCSL's State Transportation Leaders Symposium detailed some innovative approaches to raising transportation fund using the motor fuel tax.

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Category: Transportation
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Drugged Driving Enforcement Can Vex States

"We in Colorado are blazing a trail," said Colorado Representative Jonathan Singer (D), whose state was one of the first two states—along with Washington state—to legalize recreational marijuana. "A lot of the questions you're asking in your state, we are still asking."

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Strengthening Ignition Interlock Laws

Ignition interlock  laws can be powerful tools in the fight against alcohol-impaired driving, but in several states the interlock law itself can be a major obstacle to increasing its use, a leading traffic safety researcher told a session of NCSL's State Transportation Leaders Symposium on Thursday.

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NCSL, iCivics Part of Move to Strengthen Civics Education

NCSL joined more than 230 leaders from academia, philanthropy, the media and civic learning groups in Washington, D.C., last month to participate in a conversation about the state of civic engagement and the role effective civic learning and education can play in overcoming the increasing divisions in the United States.

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Will Third Travel Ban Get SCOTUS Review?

If Attorney General Jeff Sessions has his way, the Trump administration's third travel ban will get a review by the U.S. Supreme Court. That's what he told the Senate Judiciary Committee shortly after two federal district courts temporarily prevented the third travel ban from going into effect.

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State Legislatures Magazine: A Potpourri of Tough Issues

Coping with industrial automation, educating the manufacturing workforce, deciding what to pay legislators, modernizing voting systems—all are tough issues, with no easy answers. That’s why the October/November issue of State Legislatures is a must read.

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Category: Magazine
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States Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Workforce Diversity

More than 70 years have passed since wounded veterans returned from World War II looking for work, prompting a focus on hiring those with physical disabilities.

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