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Entries for August 2019

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Calling all the Kids—Youth Poll Workers Save the Day!

Do you pay much attention to who runs your polling place on Election Day?

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Category: Elections
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Report Examines Pension Funding Policies

Nine years out from the Great Recession, some state pen­sion plans have regained their financial footing. Others never lost it. But many continue to struggle despite healthy investment returns, according to a new re­port from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Trends in 2019 Injury Prevention and Opioid Abuse Prevention Legislation  

Injury prevention remains a key issue for state lawmakers due to its high toll on individual’s health and state and individual finances.

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In Memoriam: Earl Mackey, First Executive Director of NCSL

Earl Mackey, the leading architect and first executive director of the National Conference of State Legislatures, died on Aug. 26 in Portland, Ore. He was 81.

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Just Like the Plants,  Hemp Policy Conversations Continue to Grow

State policymakers, farmers, manufacturers and federal agencies are abuzz as they consider the possibilities of hemp production.

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The Lowdown on 2019's Ballot Measures

Election season is right around the corner, and before the year is out, citizens from nine states will have voted on 25 ballot measures.

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Category: Elections
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States Weigh Options on Subminimum Wages for Workers With Disabilities

As minimum wage policies receive more legislative and electoral attention, policymakers are revisiting the various exceptions to paying a minimum wage—including the more than 100,000 workers with disabilities who qualify to make less than the federal minimum.

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HHS Committee Chairs Gather in Denver

Policymakers gathered to expand their knowledge of health and human services issues, exchange policy options and successes in health and human services, bridge connections between legislators and issue experts, and develop individual action plans to confront issues head on.

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Getting Creative at Legislative Summit

When Amy Climer speaks to groups about creativity, she starts by asking for a show of hands: “How many of you consider yourselves creative?” Usually, about half the people—even in a roomful of artists—raise their hands. That was the case during her talk, “Deliberate Creativity: Three Elements of Innovation,” at the Legislative Summit in Nashville last week during the special Legislative Staff breakfast.

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Have a Wicked Good Time: Hone Your Skills as a Legislative Librarian in Maine

The Maine State Law & Legislative Reference Library (LLRL) is thrilled to host this year's LRL PDS. The conference, to be held Sept. 22-25 in downtown Portland, Maine, will include a full day in the historic Maine State House in Augusta.

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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.