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Entries for August 2017

07
Things Are Definitely Changing on Immigration

“Things will be changing.” That’s how Senator Craig Tieszen from South Dakota described his thoughts on federal immigration policy after last year’s election. Tieszen moderated a panel discussion at the Legislative Summit in Boston to update attendees on federal immigration law.

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Category: Immigration
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07
Money and Marijuana: An Uneasy Alliance for Bankers

The legal marijuana business has exploded into a multibillion-dollar industry in the past several years and will grow even more once California and others states implement recreational sales. Banking and insurance services, however, remain difficult for the industry to access because of conflict between state and federal laws. And with the vast majority of states allowing some level of access to marijuana products, the situation is reaching a tipping point.

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Category: Public Policy
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07
Building the 21st Century Electric Grid

Electricity hasn’t changed, but the way we get it sure has.

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Category: NCSL, Energy
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06
Watch Out. The Renewable Tsunami Is Coming

Renewable energy is sweeping across the U.S. – and the world—because of the relentless march of market forces.

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Category: Energy
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06
Should Services Be Taxed Like Physical Goods?

States should be looking at ways of expanding their sales tax long term as the nation moves to a more service economy, Scott Drenkard of the Tax Foundation, told a Legislative Summit session on "Is Taxation of Services Inevitable?"

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06
A Case Study in Bipartisanship

The opioid epidemic. Health care. Legalized recreational marijuana. All challenging public policy issues and all ones that leaders from both sides of the aisle tackled in Massachusetts.

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Category: Legislators
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06
Making Your Case: Develop and Deliver Your Message

Catherine Johns, a communications consultant from Chicago, shared her advice on connecting with an audience and a whole lot more, with participants at the Legislative Summit during a Sunday morning session that was full to begin with and grew as the morning went on. Sponsored by the Women’s Network, it was geared toward women but useful for everyone there.

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03
NCSL's Legislative Summit Convenes Sunday in Boston

At a time when the role of state legislatures has never been more crucial to the nation's governance, NCSL's annual Legislative Summit convenes Sunday in Boston.

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02
Hackers Infiltrate Election Tech in Rapid Time

In the sweltering summer desert heat, hackers descended upon Las Vegas for the annual “Hackathon,” an annual event where tech companies bring technology in specifically to be hacked.

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Category: Elections
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02
Drones, Autonomous Cars, Infrastructure and More Transportation Topics at Summit

NCSL's Transportation Program will present a wide spectrum of transportation sessions from infrastructure spending to drones and autonomous vehicles during the Legislative Summit, which begins Sunday in Boston.

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Category: Transportation
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