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Entries for August 2018

08
States Fight the Opioid Epidemic by Expanding Access to Treatment

The country is amid an opioid epidemic, and states are actively addressing the issue by working to expand access to evidence-based treatment.

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Category: Health
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08
State Legislatures Magazine: Wyoming’s Statehouse Surprise

Wyoming’s 2015 Capitol restoration was anything but ordinary.

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Category: Capitols, Magazine
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08
NCSL’s Task Force on Energy Supply Discusses Challenges, Policy Solutions

Los Angeles—Rural energy co-ops, the role of technology in emergency energy management, community solar projects and the renewable natural gas market were key topics at the recent Task Force on Energy Supply, a day-long meeting held during NCSL’s 2018 Legislative Summit.

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Energy Policy Summit: Building Smart Cities in Urban Areas

Los Angeles—As their lives become increasingly digital, urban residents of all ages expect government services to interconnect with them.

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Category: Energy
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07
New NCSL Podcast: How Recent Supreme Court Rulings Will Affect States’ Rights

From online shopping and wedding cakes to sports gambling and travel bans, the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest session prescribed a wide range of important political and legal precedents.

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Fewer Chambers in Play, But GOP's Historic Advantage Threatened

Los Angeles—Heading into the 2018 midterm election, America is as politically polarized as it’s been in decades.

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06
Historical Horses, Lots of Policy on Voters' Ballots

Los Angeles—A potpourri of public policy issues ranging from fiscal to social, electoral and much more, await voters in the upcoming elections

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Amy Trask's Play-By-Play Leadership Lessons

Los Angeles—Amy Trask spent 30 years with NFL’s Raiders, rising from intern to the league’s first female CEO. “So, in brief, she has spent a career as a woman in a male-dominated field, full of high-maintenance personalities who aren't used to being told ‘no’ and who don't always play nice with each other. Sound familiar?” joked staff chair Chuck Truesdell.

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02
The Workforce is Changing - And it's Going Freelance

Los Angeles—If you're expecting to get a gold watch at the end of your working career, you're probably going to want to get to know a jeweler, because your company is unlikely to hand them out.

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02
The Blue Wave Is Coming, But Pollsters Can't Say How High

Los Angeles—Strange and surprising. That’s about as good a summary of this year’s midterm election landscape as you’ll get, in the view of pollsters Kristen Soltis Anderson and Margie Omero, who made the final General Session presentation at NCSL’s Legislative Summit.

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