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Entries for February 2018

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Census Mapping Tools Help Find Where Hard-to-Count Americans ROAM

Legislators know their districts. But they can always know them a little better. And with the 2020 census approaching fast—only 25 months before the official count starts—members may be curious about spotting any particularly hard-to-count areas. 

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Category: Census
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State Legislatures Magazine: Plugged Into Solar

The forecast for solar energy remains mostly sunny, even if recent news from Washington clouded the industry’s skies.

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Category: Magazine, Energy
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Mr. Dusky Gopher Frog Goes to Washington

The first case the U.S. Supreme Court has accepted for next term involves the lowly and nearly extinct dusky gopher frog.

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Lawmakers Gather in Ohio for Learning Circle

Several legislators participated in a Learning Circle at the headquarters of the Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio, last November. They were seeking answers to some important questions are perennially asked by legislators and citizens alike.

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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Engaging Constituents Doesn’t Have to be a Heavy Lift

New Mexico Senator Gerald "Jerry" Ortiz y Pino (D) proves that convening public meetings with constituents is not as daunting as it might seem. In fact, his approach is both efficient and effective.

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Category: Legislators
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Scope of Practice Policy Website Celebrates 1 Year

February marks the one year anniversary of the ScopeofPracticePolicy.org website, an important national resource for state policymakers about scope of practice issues for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dental hygienists and dental therapists.

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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.