The NCSL Blog

Entries for August 2017

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State Legislatures Magazine: Get Your Fill of Federalism

Who calls the shots, the states or the federal government? The answer, according to the U.S. Constitution, is both—it just depends on the duty or power in question. 

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In the Trenches With Social Media at the Summit

First thing at Summit, legislators and legislative staff got down and dirty in the social media trenches as NCSL and Facebook teamed up to unveil the new Facebook Guide for State Legislators.

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Back to School With Keno-Garten, Opportunity Gaps and Prohibiting Suspension

It’s back to school time for millions of kids across the country, and with the new school year brings several changes initiated by state legislatures.

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Category: Education
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Meet the Press at the Legislative Summit

A panel of journalists during a session on "A Free and Responsible Press in Today's Political Climate" at NCSL's Legislative Summit said the threat to press freedom felt no greater today than it has been at other times in America's past.

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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Disruptions in College Landscape Challenges States

Back in the Sixties you could barely wander into a campus coffeehouse without encountering a guy with a guitar singing a reedy version of "The Times They are a Changin." (Trust us on this. We were there.) Today, that song could stand as the anthem for post-secondary education.

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Category: Education
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Navigating the Laws of Automated Driving

If the biggest question about autonomous vehicles is safety, Bryant Walker Smith offers this: "I am concerned about automated driving, but I am terrified by conventional driving."

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Category: Transportation
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How to Fund (and Finance) the Fixes Our Infrastructure Needs

Wide agreement exists that America's infrastructure needs a lot of repair. Agreement on how to fund those fixes? Not so wide.

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Category: Transportation
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Technology is Revolutionizing the Energy Sector, but Policy is Needed

Technology and distributed energy resources are revolutionizing our relationship to energy. This emerging theme was echoed by two energy industry experts during a session at NCSL’s Legislative Summit.

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Category: Energy
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Putting Your Cards on the Table for Failing Schools

In any serious discussion of public policy it's helpful when everyone puts their cards on the table.

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Category: Education
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What Happened to the American Dream?

The American Dream—the opportunity for anyone to succeed financially and move higher up the economic ladder from where they started—hasn’t quite become a nightmare, but it’s no longer the wonderful, universal experience it once was.

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Category: NCSL
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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.