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Entries for October 2018

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New Law Reduces Barriers to Care for Athletes

President Donald Trump last week signed the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (H.R 302). H.R 302 which extends the liability insurance coverage of a state-licensed medical professional to another state. This new law allows professionals who provide medical services to an athlete or team to travel with them and provide care to out-of-state games.

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Examining Education Policy Issues at NCSL's Legislative Institute on Higher Education

More than 30 legislators and staff convened in Denver to engage with issues ranging from recent policy trends to future workforce development during the 15th annual Legislative Institute on Higher Education.

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Category: Education
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Hello Governor, It’s the National Conference of State Legislatures

Although there are many people eyeing the outcome of the 6,069 state legislative seats on the ballot, 2018 will mark a big year for state executives as well. 

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Category: StateVote
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What's New From Children and Families - October 2018

From 2011 to 2014, over half of all U.S. adults (62 percent) from 23 states reported having at least one adverse childhood experience and 25 percent of adults reported three or more. Learn more about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in a new NCSL report. 

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A Very Big Deal: Election 2018

Election 2018 is three weeks away. When it’s over, 6,069 legislative seats in 87 legislative chambers (in 46 states) will be filled. That’s 82 percent of all legislative seats, a big deal. An even bigger deal is what the tally of those results will mean: who will be holding the reins of state power, come the start of next year’s legislative sessions.

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Category: StateVote
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Congress Finds Compromise on Opioids

The core of the bill deals with the increasing public health costs and lives lost to opioid misuse disorder. In a show of bipartisanship, both chambers passed the legislation, and sent it to the president for his signature.  

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Rights for Crime Victims on the Ballot in Six States

Six states—Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina and Oklahoma—will offer voters the choice to amend their state’s constitution related to crime victims’ rights.

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Washington Supreme Court Overturns Capital Punishment

The ruling made Washington the 20th state to abolish capital punishment either by legislation or court action.

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New Solar Policy Toolkit Helps Policymakers Navigate Rapidly Changing Solar Landscape

Solar energy has experienced explosive growth in recent years. However, in 2017 solar installations fell on an annual basis for the first time since 2010, marking a transitional year for the market.

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Category: NCSL, Energy
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Imagining a Day Without Water

Today, the Imagine A Day Without Water  campaign is raising awareness about the value of water. Utilities, public institutions, businesses and other organizations are coming together with this call to action on the importance of water.

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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.