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Answering Your Questions About Apprenticeships

Do you have questions about apprenticeships? Chances are this new publication has an answer or two for you.

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SCOTUS to Decide Bankruptcy Case Affecting Local Governments and Two States

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide in City of Chicago, Illinois v. Fulton whether a local government must return a vehicle impounded because of code violations immediately upon a debtor filing for bankruptcy. 

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Using Infant and Toddler Data to Support State Policymaking

Brain development in the first years of life provides the foundation for all future learning and development, and yet the randomness of where a child is born or lives often determines whether they have access to the services they need to thrive in their earliest years. So how are infants and toddlers doing in your state?

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Category: Human services
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FY 2020 Budget Breakdown: A Final Analysis for States

President Donald Trump signed, after Congress passed, two fiscal spending packages—defense-related (H.R.1158) and non-defense-related (H.R. 1865)—worth a total of $1.4 trillion just before the holidays, avoiding another partial government shutdown and funding the government through Sept. 30, 2020.

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2019 Trends in Occupational Licensing

Were legislators as interested in occupational licensing legislation in 2019 as they have been in recent years? The answer is yes!

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The Electoral College and More in the January Canvass

For most of the population, the Electoral College used to be little more than a footnote in history textbooks. Now—whether you like it or not—the Electoral College has become a political flashpoint

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Category: Elections
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Trade, Education Topics at International Relations Task Force Meeting

Perspectives on international trade and education were among the topics when NCSL’s International Relations Task Force met in New Orleans in January 2019.

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Category: International
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States Magnify Children’s Early Educational Needs in 2019

Legislatures from Hawaii to Maine continued to pave the way for high-quality early childhood education in 2019.

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Category: Education
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Disability Employment Webpages Hit NCSL.org

The start of 2020 marks not only the dawn of a new decade but also the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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States Continue to Enact Legislation to Address Health Care Workforce Shortages

Access to health care remains a challenge for many Americans, especially those living in rural and underserved communities.

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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.