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Entries for January 2018

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What Happens Now to WOTUS?

In National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense the Supreme Court held unanimously that a legal challenge to the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) must begin in a federal district court, and not a federal court of appeals. What this ruling means for the 2015 WOTUS definitional rule is unclear.

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Women Legislators Cross 25 Percent Threshhold

This is a banner year for women in state legislatures, as 2018 marks the first time that the share of female legislators nationwide has crossed 25 percent.

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Vermont Becomes First to Legalize Marijuana by State Legislature

Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed HB 511 on Monday, which legalizes marijuana in the state.

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Staff Spotlight: Lee Cassis – New Clerk of the West Virginia Senate

The unanimous election of Lee Cassis last week as Clerk of the West Virginia Senate was of great significance to himand also to the Senate itself. Although the office is nonpartisan, it has traditionally been held by a former member. Cassis, on the other hand, has worked at the legislature since graduating from college and served as assistant clerk the past seven years.

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New NCSL Report Highlights Findings of Early Education Working Group

The NCSL State Policy and Research for Early Education Working Group, known as SPREE, has released a report highlighting its two years of study with early learning experts.

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Category: Education
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Will Licensing Stay on Center Stage in 2018?

Last year, the culmination of national momentum on the review and reform of state occupational and professional licensing laws was the inaugural meeting of the 11-state Occupational Licensing Learning Consortium.

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Inside the World of Health Centers

When NCSL's Health and Human Services Committee members toured San Ysidro Health in south San Diego as part of the NCSL Capitol Forum in December, they learned that health centers have an impact on their communities far beyond just providing access to health care. 

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Category: Health
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In Memoriam: Former NCSL Fellow Frank Kreith

A friend and former colleague at NCSL, Frank Kreith of Boulder, Colo., passed away recently.

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Category: NCSL, Energy
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What's New From Children and Families - January 2018

Most early childhood programs with rigorous evaluations—home visiting, parent education, early care and education, health related visits, food and child care subsidies—have been shown to improve child outcomes and, among the programs with an economic evaluation, largely pay for themselves with a return on investment of $2 to $4 for every dollar spent.

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Category: Human services
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Please Mr. Postman: Are Americans Subsidizing Foreign Shipments?

Just off the holiday season, you’ve  probably been a beneficiary of insanely cheap shipping. Perhaps you ordered an item that arrived with foreign postmarks. If so, you likely paid shipping rates far lower than you would ever see at your local post office.

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