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Entries for July 2019

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Mississippi and West Virginia recently signed legislation to remove the lifetime ban on public benefits for those formerly convicted of drug-related crimes. As of 2019, only South Carolina and Guam continue to prohibit drug felons from receiving public assistance. 

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NCSL President Speaks at Jamestown Event Marking 400 Years of Representative Democracy

NCSL President Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Ill.) spoke Tuesday in Jamestown, VA to commemorate the 400th anniversary of representative government in the United States. Her remarks from the event below.

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Category: NCSL
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Congress Turning to State Legislatures for IT Ideas

“States are a great laboratory of wonderful ideas,” U.S. Representative Tom Graves (R-Ga.), the vice chair of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, said last week during a hearing on “Modernizing Legislative Information Technologies: Lessons from the States.” The hearing featured testimony from top legislative technology officers from Washington and California.

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Category: Technology
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Breaking Down the Bipartisan Act of 2019: Caps, Ceilings and CHIMPS

After protracted negotiations between House leaders and the administration which began this spring, the House mustered enough votes to pass legislation that would raise spending caps for two years, suspend the debt ceiling, and ultimately pave the way for progress on the fiscal year 2020 appropriations process. 

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North Dakota Wants More Olive Gardens

While other states are preparing for the 2020 census with congressional reapportionment gains in mind, North Dakota has a different goal: more Olive Gardens.

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Category: Census
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Strong States: Spending the Summer Exploring the Ins and Outs of State Legislatures

Theresa Nelson, a rising sophomore at Stanford University majoring in public policy and Spanish, is a summer intern in NCSL's Elections program. She produced this Q&A blog for Stanford's Bill Lane Center for the American West.

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Category: NCSL, Elections
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Mail Dispute Could Be Hurdle for Overseas Voters

It should be no surprise that mail plays an important role in elections, particularly for those living abroad. In 2016 almost 3 million voting-eligible citizens lived overseas, according to the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), a Department of Defense program.

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Category: Elections
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POTUS Can’t Block Critics on Twitter, Says Federal Appeals Court

The decision, which affirmed the lower court’s ruling, may signal how First Amendment doctrine limits public officials’ use of social media in other contexts as well.

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State Legislatures Magazine | A Remarkable Man: Bill Pound Retires After 44 years With NCSL

In a heartfelt send-off in the July/August issue of State Legislatures magazine, Bill’s longtime friend and NCSL colleague Carl Tubbesing shows that few leaders and organizations fit together so perfectly as Bill Pound and NCSL.

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Attendees at NCSL’s redistricting seminar in Providence were given the chance to get hands-on practice with drawing districts. The seminar offered a virtual mapmaking exercise to redistrict 14 state house districts in Dallas County, Texas.  

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