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Who Should Regulate Drones?

A diverse panel of federal, state and industry experts gathered in a session of the NCSL Capitol Forum on Thursday to discuss and debate what the proper role for states and the federal government is with regards to regulation of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS/drones).

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Just How Stable is American Democracy?

Yascha Mounk, a lecturer in government at Harvard, opened a session of the NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Committee by posing a chilling question: Just how stable is the U.S. system of democracy, and is it, in fact, on a pathway to unraveling?

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New Report: 'Work Matters' Addresses Disability Workforce Policies

What can states do to help their citizens with disabilities enter the workforce and advance their careers? Quite a bit suggests a new joint report from NCSL and the Council of State Governments.

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State Lawmakers Huddle With Their Federal Counterparts During Lobby Day

Just as uncertainty grips the nation's capital over what the new administration will portend, state legislators found their federal counterparts grappling with what will happen on a host of issues crucial to the states.

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State Christmas Trees Add Cheer to D.C.

In Washington, D.C., earlier this month during the NCSL Capitol Forum, I ran into a bountiful display of holiday cheer, courtesy of the states. 

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Capitol Forum Panel Looks at Slow Arrival of the FAST Act

In the wake of President Obama signing the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act into law, a pair of NCSL committees organized a full debrief of the FAST Act during NCSL's Capitol Forum in Washington, D.C.

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Fundraising and Legislating: Two Jobs in One

Anyone who wants to run for office—whether local, state or federal—will probably have to spend a significant time fundraising. And it seems as if the fundraising never stops.

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Is the Middle Class an Endangered Species?

In the wake of a Pew Research Center report released two days earlier, NCSL's Capitol Forum closed its 2015 meeting with a session on the implications of the shrinking middle class.

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How Much Should the Sharing Economy Be Regulated?

Gabe Klein, a consultant and former commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation, told a general session at the NCSL Capitol Forum that the nation is moving “from the ‘me’ economy to the ‘we’ economy.”

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Back to the Future With Electric Microgrids

We need to go back to the beginning. It may seem counterintuitive when considering the electric power sector, but that’s the recommendation from Gabe Paoletti, an application engineering manager with Eaton, a power management company. By his estimation, microgrids could be the solution.

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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.