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 Responding to 'Murder Hornets' Before States Get Stung

The Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia) is a new invasive pest in North America that if left unchecked has the potential to devastate honey bee colonies in some states.

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State Elections 2020: What We’ll Be Watching on Election Night

When it’s campaign season for legislators, it’s election prep season at NCSL.

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State Elections 2020: Redistricting Ballot Measures

At the beginning of the year, it looked like this could be a busy November for redistricting ballot measures: Citizens initiatives were organizing in more than half a dozen states, and legislatures were considering several referral measures of their own. Then COVID-19 hit, and the difficulties of political organizing during a pandemic stymied many groups. In the end, three redistricting measures made it on the ballot, all of which were referred to the ballot by legislatures.

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State/Local Government Cases SCOTUS Will Hear While Down a Justice

Unless something surprising happens, Judge Amy Coney Barrett is expected to take the bench before the Supreme Court hears the most recent challenge to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act on Nov. 10. But before she is confirmed the court will hear 10 cases in its October siting with only eight justices on the bench. 

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Report Highlights Strategies to Prevent High Treatment Costs, Tackle Infectious Disease

As the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic begins to affect state budgets, many lawmakers are making hard choices about state spending.

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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Who Represents You? State Legislator Demographics Released for 2020

Have you ever wanted to know more about your representatives in the state capitol? What is their educational background? Their age? And beyond those specifics, what does the “average” American legislator look like in terms of race/ethnicity, gender, generational cohort and education?

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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Privacy and Government Surveillance

Government occupies a unique space in the privacy debate–we trust the government with our private information every day, but a lot of data is also collected about us without our knowledge.

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Category: NCSL, Technology
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Honoring the Life of Ray Pethtel

Ray Pethtel, a pioneer in the field of legislative program evaluation, died Sept. 12.

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Category: NCSL
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Privacy and Emerging Technology – Private Sector Perspectives on Regulation

Technological innovation never stops, and as our devices become more complex the question of how to keep our data secure is more important than ever.

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Here and There: How People Vote

“The U.S. is one of the few countries where no-excuse absentee voting is even a thing!” That was the big takeaway after we talked absentee voting with the Carter Center’s Avery Davis-Roberts.

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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.