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Entries for March 2018

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States Making It Easier for Ex-offenders to Get Occupational Licenses

Want to become a barber or cosmetologist? You need a license in every state. Have a criminal record? In many states it's that much harder.

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A Day to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans

Americans across the country are uniting today to thank and honor Vietnam veterans for their service.

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Focusing on Prevention: Foster Care Options for States

Many states are experiencing a foster care crisis, and are turning their focus to prevention to solve it.

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Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Maryland Partisan Gerrymandering Case

The challengers to the redistricting of Maryland’s 6th Congressional District just might win—if the U.S. Supreme Court actually decides their case.

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Policy Checkup: State Oral Health Caucus

Just as maintaining oral health improves the health of the body, a healthy oral health policy process contributes to the wellbeing of the state health policy environment.

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Category: Health
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Ongoing Efforts for Financial Literacy

April is Financial Literacy Month. Financial literacy focuses on the specific knowledge and concepts consumers need to manage their money and build wealth, depending on an individual’s situation.

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Infrastructure: A Key Focus For States in 2018

To assist states in researching and assessing infrastructure policy options, NCSL has created Infrastructure Resources 2018, which includes existing NCSL resources covering transportation, energy, environment and military infrastructure.

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“Our American States” podcast: Students and legislatures - a two-way street

In this week’s “Our American States” podcast, we hear from two legislators working actively to engage student’s in their districts by going into the classroom to connect and educate them about representative democracy and the American form of government.

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State Legislatures Magazine: Underground Pipelines a Hidden Danger

Nearly four times a day. That’s how frequently underground natural gas pipelines were damaged by digging or excavating in Colorado in 2015, The Denver Post reported last year. That might sound like a lot, but in Pennsylvania the rate is more than twice as high.

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Key Environmental, Agricultural Issues in Omnibus Bill

Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, more commonly referred to as the FY 2018 omnibus. NCSL staff compiled summaries covering environmental and agricultural issues. 

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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.