The NCSL Blog

Entries for August 2018

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How Do You Make Your State's Roads Safer? A CDC Tool Can Help With That

To better understand how different traffic safety policies and enforcement techniques can impact traffic safety, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the MV PICCS (Motor Vehicle Prioritizing Interventions and Cost Calculators for States).

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Category: Transportation
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Will SCOTUS' Halloween-Month Case Be Trick or Treat for Landowners?

What better time than the month of Halloween for the Supreme Court to hear a case centered on a cemetery?

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Leaders

Los Angeles—The headlines continue to tout a wave of women running for office this year, but time (83 days until the midterms!) will tell whether this election marks an increase in the number of women serving in state legislatures.

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States Taking Election Cybersecurity Seriously

Los Angeles—If you have only been reading news headlines about vote-hacking risks or Russian interference, it might be easy to conclude that America has been sitting on its hands when it comes to election security since 2016.

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Redistricting School's Not Out For Summer

Los Angeles—I got schooled last week at NCSL’s Summit—schooled on how redistricting really works, as opposed to the textbook “How a Bill Becomes a Law” version.

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Policymakers Visit a High-Quality Preschool Center on Skid Row

Los Angeles—Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, whose name has been a cultural synonym for urban despair for more than a century, is home to one of the largest stable homeless populations in the United States (between 8,000-11,000 people).

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09
 The Latest from Children and Families

NCSL’s Children and Families Program hosted sessions at Legislative Summit, covering a range of issues, from early brain development and foster care, to two-generation strategies and childhood trauma.

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Summit Speaker: Sidestepping Ethical Sinkholes

Los Angeles—Protecting the legislative institution requires ethical decision-making by those who work in the legislature.

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09
In Ohio's 12th, It Ain't Over Till It's Over

There’s a bit of a kerfuffle over the results of Ohio’s 12th District special election this week, a close race between Democratic Franklin county recorder Danny O’Connor, and Republican state Senator Troy Balderson.

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The ADA, Overtime and the Importance of Job Descriptions

State legislatures should pay attention to a recent ruling by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, that overtime can be an "essential function."

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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.