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Entries for August 2017

09
Some Lessons on Presidential Leadership

Lessons in judgment, restraint and self-assurance from some of our greatest presidents were on display Wednesday as presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin closed the NCSL Legislative Summit in Boston.

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Category: Legislators
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09
A Sobering Look at the Opoid Abuse Crisis

The scale and urgency of the opioid crisis is clear in the numbers.

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09
Police-Community Session: Engage, Involve, Use Data

A standing-room only crowd heard from an articulate, experienced and funny panel of three, moderated by Katherine McQuay from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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09
Legislatures Get Back to Their Roots

NCSL, in partnership with American Evolution, took an NCSL Legislative Summit session back in time.

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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08
Angry Voters Want Leaders Who Solve Problems

Pollster and political analyst Frank Luntz brought his combative, often in-your-face style to NCSL’s Legislative Summit on Tuesday in a session on what voters want to hear from their elected officials.

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Category: Elections
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08
Opioid Crisis Tops HHS Priorities

Confronting the opioid crisis and helping states tackle the myriad problems associated with the epidemic is the top clinical priority for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to Jane Norton, director of the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs for the department. 

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08
Redistricting Goes to Court

“Redistricting is a game of margins,” attorney Kate McKnight told lawmakers at the Legislative Summit in Boston. Legislatures always start with existing district maps and work from there, she said. No one starts completely from scratch.

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Category: Elections
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08
Regulating Drones: Who and How?

As a retired major general and former fighter wing commander, Marke "Hoot" Gibson is not much given to hyperbole. So here's what he said during an NCSL Legislative Summit session on regulating drones: "This is the most fundamental change in aviation in our lifetime."

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Category: Transportation
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08
Reclaiming the Image of Public Servants

The truth is the public just doesn’t know much about state legislators and legislatures. But they know they don’t like them.

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Category: Legislators
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07
Summit Session: Lead Water Line Replacements

Since the tragedy in Flint, Mich., the public has been concerned about lead pipes in their water service lines. States across the nation have looked into inspecting water supplies or replacing service line to ensure that their children are not exposed to lead.

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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.