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Transportation Funding Mishmash at 2019 Ballot Box

Voters in three states—Colorado, Maine and Washington—voiced their opinions on statewide transportation funding proposals in the 2019 elections.

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Cardinals President Michael Bidwill on NFL's Past and Present

Michael Bidwill, president of the Arizona Cardinals, gave a history lesson of the league, in its 100th season, during a Thursday session at the NCSL Capitol Forum.

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Category: Capitol Forum
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Rural Broadband: Where Data Can Be Very  S-L-O-W

In rural areas, 68.6% of Americans have access to both fixed and mobile broadband. In urban areas, it's nearly 98%. 

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Vaping: Injuries, Misconceptions, Policy

In the wake of the deadly and mysterious vaping-related lung infections that have killed at least 48 people and injured more than 2,300 others, 10 states and six tribes have temporarily banned or limited vaping products.

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David Teal Honored With NCSL's Steven Gold Award

David Teal, the director of Alaska’s Legislative Finance Division, was honored today as the recipient of the Steven D. Gold Award for his commitment to strengthening the legislative institution both in Alaska and around the country.

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How to Augment Revenue As Bell Tolls for Gasoline Tax

In "Running on Empty, An Alternative to the Gas Tax," an opening-day session at the NCSL Capitol Forum, transportation experts on mileage taxes and tolling offered insight into how states can augment the beleaguered gasoline tax.

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How Autonomous Vehicles Can Affect People With Disabilities

Imagine you're planning a night out. Heading home from work, back out to hit a restaurant, then off to check out your favorite local band at your favorite local bar. Your biggest care should be, "Does this shirt go with these pants?" Now imagine you have to plan your ride two days out before you take it.

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States Looking at Ways to Promote FAFSA Completion

For college-bound students, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the most important step when it comes to obtaining a variety of federal and state financial aid supports. But while the FAFSA is required to determine eligibility for federal student aid, in 2018 only 60.9% of high school graduates completed the form.

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Category: Education
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NCSL’s Energy Program Closes 2019 With New Report, Web Briefs

State legislatures are at the forefront of a transitioning energy economy—enacting comprehensive policies designed to modernize an aging electric grid, increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Category: Energy
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States Avoid Major Pothole With Repeal of $7.6 Billion Transportation Rescission

Congress enacted, and the president signed, the Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Further Health Extenders Act of 2019 on Nov. 21.

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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.