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Entries for November 2019

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SCOTUS Warns Too Low State Law Campaign Contribution Limits May be Unconstitutional

Following Thompson v. Hebdon, states with low individual-to-candidate or individual-to-group campaign contribution limits may want to review their constitutionality. 

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Report: Census Data Key to $1.5 Trillion in Federal Spending

The report examines the magnitude the federal government relies on census data to direct the distribution of federal funding to the states. The federal funds are determined with formulas based on census counts and census data.

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Category: Census
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What's New From Children and Families | November 2019

In 2018, more than 286,000 U.S. families received voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services for a grand total of 3.2 million home visits. Learn more about home visiting at the National Home Visiting Resource Center and their just released Home Visiting Yearbook.

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Category: Human services
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Our goal is to provide you the tools you need to stay informed and do your jobs better. If you’re interested in additional training, connect with one of our professional staff associations to learn more about opportunities to learn with your peers.

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Great management is important to the success of any organization. Yet, too few managers focus on their management roles and responsibilities, instead preferring to focus on the skills and expertise they mastered that propelled them into the role of manager.

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Expanding Access to Care for Rural Residents Via Telehealth

Did you know that 113 million Americans lack access to appropriate mental health services? In fact, as of November 2019, 61 percent of mental health professional shortage areas—a designation that indicates health care provider shortages—are in rural areas.

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The political workplace is a haven of various opinions and oftentimes contentious topics about which people are passionate and which can sometimes lead to problems. But while conflict (that is, civil conflict) is expected in legislative chambers, it should not be within legislative staff offices.

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Legislatures will have full plates of policy work to address in the next session. We know that many hours of research, deliberation and negotiation are behind the final product of a bill, study or initiative, and we hope legislative staff know that you can call upon NCSL’s assistance and research services along the way.

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Research indicates that the first years of a child’s life are profoundly significant in terms of brain development and growth, with more than 1 million new neural connections formed every second during that time. That’s a lot of brain activity!

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Category: Human services
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States Review Rules in Wake of College Admissions Scandals  

The issue of college admissions was further amplified when federal prosecutors indicted more than 30 college parents as part of the bribery scandal that became known as Operation Varsity Blues. 

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Category: Education
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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.