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More States Legislate on Permanent Daylight Time

The distain showered on this twice-annual ritual of clock-changing has created a strong state legislative trend over the last four years to dispense with clock-changing and stick with daylight saving time (DST). Citizens truly dislike the disruptive impacts associated with the time change, be it falling back or springing forward and have made that known to their elected representatives.

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NCSL Public Private Partnership on Disaster Mitigation and Recovery Releases State Legislative Report on Natural Disasters

NCSL has relesed a new publication from the Public Private Partnership on Disaster Mitigation and Recovery: 2019-2020 State Legislative Report on Natural Disasters.

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Tribal Land and Nation Acknowledgement

Higher education institutions and non-profit organizations have taken steps in recent years to formally acknowledge Indigenous people as the traditional stewards of the land where the particular entity is located or is holding a meeting.

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State Elections 2020: Gambling Ballot Measures

No surprise that 2020 has left many feeling down on their luck.

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Renewable Natural Gas: Up-and-Coming Renewable Energy Contender?

As states consider clean energy goals and efforts to reduce emissions across the transportation and power sectors, some state legislatures, utilities and the natural gas industry are examining the potential for renewable natural gas.

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COVID-19: Energy’s ‘Essential’ Role Isn’t Backed By Law

State by state over the course of the past two months governors have closed “non-essential” businesses and directed residents to stay at home for all but “essential” activities. The scope of these orders and what’s considered “essential” can vary significantly depending on the state.

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Category: Energy, COVID-19
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COVID-19 Slows the Clean Energy Workforce

Several states have pursued legislation designed to expand the number of clean energy jobs in their state, including legislation that creates new requirements or funding mechanisms for expanding the already-growing clean energy workforce.

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COVID-19: States Protect Access to Vital Energy Services

As millions of Americans face financial uncertainty due to the national coronavirus response, policymakers in many states are acting to inject a measure of stability by ensuring no one loses access to essential services, such as electricity, gas or water.

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NRI Committee Launches 2020 Webinar Series

A state’s energy mix, the protection of navigable waters, using farmland for solar development, legislative trends in traffic safety and state efforts to meet clean air standards will be discussed in detail during NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee’s annual Spring Webinar Series beginning April 23 and continuing through June 18.

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States Vote for More Daylight

In the last three years, a significant trend has emerged as nine states have enacted legislation to provide for year-round daylight saving time (DST)—if Congress were to allow such a change by amending the Uniform Time Act of 1966. States are allowed to change to year-round standard time under current federal law.

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