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Should States Be Able to Allow Sports Gambling?

What's at stake? Of the $58 billion wagered last year on NFL and college football games, $56 billion was bet illegally through bookies or online operations, Nevada Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton (D) told a session on "The Future of Sports Betting."

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To Speak or Not To Speak? That is the Question

Billy Fallon, a professor in the School of Communication at San Diego State University, was quick to answer this question at a session of NCSL’s Young and New Professionals (YNP) group at the Capitol Forum. “There’s no question: the answer is to speak.”

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Answering the Call to Reduce Distracted Driving

Conventional wisdom says If we could only get these teenagers to quit talking on their cellphones while they're behind the wheel, we could make our roads a lot safer.

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Defending Democracy Against Cybersecurity Attacks in Five Easy Steps

State and local election officials are on the front lines of an ever-evolving fight to keep our systems of democracy safe from cybersecurity attacks.

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How to Respond to the Growing Threat of Wildfires?

Washington Representative Ed Orcutt (R) observed that the NCSL Capitol Forum session on wildfire response he moderated "was a little more timely than we would have liked."

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Libraries 'even more valuable' in internet era

Don't bother Greg Lucas with the tired trope that the internet means people don't need libraries anymore. 

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2018 Elections: a Tide, a Wave, or a Tsunami

Large waves broke and rolled onto the Hotel del Coronado beach as Reid Wilson began to speak to NCSL's Capitol Forum session on Wednesday morning. A metaphor for what is on the 2018 electoral horizon?

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Back to the Future - The World in 2027

John Feland told a packed ballroom at the NCSL Capitol Forum that he wanted to "make each of you a futurist."

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Forum: SCOTUS Term Will Have Major Effects on States

From wedding cakes to legislative districts, sports betting and what you're allowed to wear at polling places, the current U.S. Supreme Court term will have major effects on states.

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Female Lawmakers Discuss Fundraising Ideas, Strategies

Research about women in politics tells us there is a perception among potential female candidates that fundraising is too large of a hurdle for them to overcome and run for office. Respondents think that they will have a harder time raising money than men. 

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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.