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Entries for February 2018

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State Legislatures Magazine: Debating the Tipped Wage

Two workers, two very different attitudes about raising the tipped wage.

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Tracking State Innovations in Medicaid

States enacted nearly 400 laws related to health system innovations in 2017, including at least 104 laws related to Medicaid reforms.

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What’s New From Children and Families? | February 2018

DID YOU KNOW: NCSL’s Children and Families Program has a new group director. Wade Fickler joined NCSL following previous policy experience including leadership positions with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, the Children’s Institute (Oregon) and City Club of Portland. Please join us in welcoming Wade! (He's the tall one in the group picture.)

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Category: Human services
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State Efforts on Elections Cybersecurity Never Went Away

Election security is back in the news. The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence held hearings on Tuesday, and the consensus from national intelligence experts is that disinformation campaigns and attempts to disrupt our elections are the new normal.

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Remembering Tim Massanelli, Arkansas House Parliamentarian

The opening day of the Arkansas House of Representative’s fiscal session began with a moment of silence to honor longtime parliamentarian Tim Massanelli, who passed away at age 85 on Feb. 12.

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Second Court Orders Administration to Maintain DACA

Just a few days before the U.S. Supreme Court may decide whether to review a temporary nationwide injunction issued by a federal court in California requiring the Trump administration to maintain much of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a federal district court in New York issued a similar temporary nationwide injunction.

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What's in the White House's Infrastructure Plan?

While the plan itself is a set of principles and proposals, any new federal funding or changes to existing environmental laws would require congressional action and it remains unclear if Congress will enact this plan, propose their own, or do nothing.

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Sexual Harassment Policies and Interns

Legislatures around the country are grappling with the issue of sexual harassment—but how are interns protected by state policy? We asked several internship administrators about the guidelines  and resources available to student interns.

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What's Coming to ScopeofPracticePolicy.org in 2018?

ScopeofPracticePolicy.org—a website aimed at educating state policymakers about scope of practice issues—will have exciting new additions launching this year.

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Looking at a State's Role in Medicaid Work/Community Engagement Requirements

Last month the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a letter to state Medicaid directors announcing a new policy regarding work and community engagement requirements as an option for Medicaid eligibility. The Trump administration had prioritized these requirements early on, and CMS Administrator Seema Verma brings expertise on this issue from her previous work.

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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.