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Entries for November 2019

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Redistricting, Explained Graphically

Arcane. Complex. Incomprehensible. These are words often used to describe redistricting. We all know the old saw that a picture is worth a thousand words, so NCSL decided to give pictures a chance at explaining what redistricting is all about. We hired a graphic recorder, Matt Orley of Big Paper Strategy, to draw what he heard at October’s redistricting seminar.

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Alaska Focuses on Increasing Job Opportunities for Citizens With Disabilities

More than 20 department and division leaders from across Alaska’s state government met recently with partners on the State Exchange on Employment and Disability (SEED) project to discuss and assess policy options aimed at increasing employment for Alaskans with disabilities.

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Nov. 5 Election Helps Determine Who Will Redistrict Next

From ballot initiatives to school boards to city councils, a lot is on the table in these off-year elections. But perhaps nothing will be as consequential for future policy decisions as the elections for those officials who will draw legislative and congressional districts following the 2020 census.

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Reinsurance 101: Mitigating Risk Selection and Costs in Health Insurance

Nov. 1 marked the beginning of the 2020 open enrollment period for marketplace insurance. With the cost of health care continuing to rise, premiums will be on the forefront of many consumers’ minds as they compare available marketplace plans.

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Category: Health
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Keeping Up With Campaign Finance Laws: Online and Capitol Forum

How much can an individual donate to a state candidate in Illinois? How much money can a PAC contribute to a candidate in Arizona? What about a union contributing to a candidate in Utah or a corporation contributing to a candidate in Connecticut?

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Category: Elections
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NCSL Report Highlights Importance of Dialogue With State Regulators

When it comes to state energy policy, two groups play significant roles. While state legislators create the policies, establish requirements and set goals, it’s up to public utility commissions to implement those policies on the ground—to take the law and establish regulations to achieve those policy objectives. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work in concept.

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Category: Energy
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