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Entries for October 2018

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Women Making a Difference in Politics Award: Senator Sara Howard

Nebraska Senator Sara Howard grew up in the district she now serves but she had never envisioned a life in politics.

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2018 FAA Reauthorization Act and Disaster Recovery Reform Act Become Law

The new law includes what’s considered the most comprehensive disaster recovery reform package since Hurricane Katrina.

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Recognizing National Health IT Week

National Health IT Week is a nationwide opportunity to focus on change within the U.S. health system and it’s increasing use of technology.

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Redistricting on the Ballot: Who Draws the Lines?

Nov. 6 is shaping up as a big day in the redistricting world.

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It's October, Let's Recognize the Importance of Disability Employment

Each October, lawmakers, activists, and residents recognize National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) celebrating the important role that gainful employment plays in the life of a person with a disability.

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Are Durational-Residency Requirements for Alcohol Retailers Constitutional?

The 21st amendment to the U.S. Constitution is famous because it repealed prohibition. The second section, which prohibits the transportation or importation of alcohol into a state in violation of state law, is less well-known.

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Congress Passes 5-Year FAA Reauthorization Act

Congress passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018 (HR 302) on Oct. 3.

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04
Goodbye NAFTA, Hello USMCA

NAFTA may be dead, but USMCA isn’t much different.

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Women Legislative Candidates Jump 28 Percent Since 2016

When women run, women win. So, what happens when more women run than ever before? This year is already breaking records for women in state legislatures, as January marked the first time the nationwide share of women serving reached 25 percent.

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Declines in Crime, Increases in Data

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's crime statistics for 2017 show a decline in both violent and property crime from 2016 to 2017. Legislators are interested in crime statistics because they provide useful data points for policymaking. 

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