The NCSL Blog

Entries for April 2018

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What's New From Children and Families? - April 2018

NCSL’s Children and Families program covers many human services issues, including child support and family law, child welfare, early care and education, welfare and poverty.

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Category: Human services
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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

There were 3,157 fatal crashes on American roadways in 2016 that involved distraction (9 percent of all fatal crashes) according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Category: Transportation
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House Passes Disaster Recovery Reform Act Under FAA Reauthorization

The U.S. House on Friday passed by 338-13 components of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act as part of HR 4, a bill that would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration for the next five years.

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The Census is Coming and States are Preparing

States have much to lose if everyone is not counted. Congressional apportionment is conducted, redistricting undertaken, and hundreds of billions of dollars are allocated—all based on census data.

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Category: Census
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Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Texas Redistricting Case

In Abbott v. Perez a number of persons and advocacy groups challenged the Texas Legislature’s 2011 state legislative and congressional redistricting plan claiming it discriminated against black and Hispanic voters in violation of the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause and the Voting Rights Act.

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NCSL Launches StateVote 2018

You can read all about the upcoming legislative elections, and the dozens of statewide ballot measures that will be voted on that day too, on NCSL’s new StateVote 2018 webpage.

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Texas Encourages Local Collaboration for School Improvement

The Texas Legislature enacted Senate Bill 1882 last year with bipartisan support to offer incentives for partnerships between public school districts and charter school operators.

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Category: Education
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New Report on Chemicals in the U.S. Population

A new report discovers that certain chemicals, such as PFOA, BPA and flame retardants, are commonly found in the U.S. population, but lead levels continue to drop.

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Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Internet Sales Tax Case

In South Dakota v. Wayfair, South Dakota is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule precedent and hold that states and local governments may require retailers with no in-state physical presence to collect sales tax.

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Happy 10th Birthday to The Canvass!

The April edition of The Canvass marks the 10-year anniversary for NCSL’s election administration newsletter. 

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Category: Elections
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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.