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By Julie Lays

The January/February issue of State Legislatures magazine takes a new look at the top issues for the year ahead.

State Legislatures magazine cover JanFeb 2020With the federal government receiving the lion’s share of news—despite (or because of) the crippling effect hyper-partisanship is having on national policymaking­­—we wanted to know: What effect is all the turmoil in D.C. having on federalism? And what are states having to deal with—and pay for—because of federal inaction?

Alan Greenblatt, a veteran writer on state legislatures, highlights five issues facing states in a bigger way than before: election security, vaping, children’s programs, affordable housing and climate. What about all the other issues?

Don’t worry, Greenblatt also discusses other “hot” topics states are still dealing with, with federal government help or not. Read the story and let us know how your state has (or has not) been affected by what’s going on in our nation’s capital. Email your short answers to Julie Lays.

There’s a lot more to read in this issue. Discover who a U.S. House panel seeking advice on how to modernize Congress turned to in the “Innovations” column. (Hint: There are 50 of them.)

Learn why the death penalty debate defies normal party-line divisions through a roundtable discussion with lawmakers from both sides of the issue.

Do you pay tax on your haircuts? Several states view taxes on services as a way to boost weakening sales tax revenues. Is your state one of them?

Guns, lobbyists, female farmers and even introverts also play a role in this must-read issue. Read it today!

Julie Lays is the editor of State Legislatures magazine.

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