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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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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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Evidence-Informed Policymaking Work Group Gathers for First Meeting

NCSL took important steps towards developing a new center for evidence-informed policymaking last week at its Capitol Forum meeting in Phoenix by convening a new evidence-informed policymaking work group of legislators, legislative staff and executive officials to advise on the center’s launch which is planned for next summer.

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State Apprenticeship Legislation in 2019

Informed by a need for skilled workers in in-demand industries, states continue to explore how apprenticeships can help drive local economies by increasing workforce talent. Last week was National Apprenticeship Week and here's a rundown of state apprenticeship activity.

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Occupational Licensing Briefing on the Hill

NCSL, along with its partners at The Council of State Governments (CSG), the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA) and the United States Department of Labor, cohosted a breakfast briefing today on the recent release of case studies from the Occupational Licensing Learning Consortium project.

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Alaska Focuses on Increasing Job Opportunities for Citizens With Disabilities

More than 20 department and division leaders from across Alaska’s state government met recently with partners on the State Exchange on Employment and Disability (SEED) project to discuss and assess policy options aimed at increasing employment for Alaskans with disabilities.

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Policy, Sustaining Momentum Tackled at Final Occupational Licensing Meeting

How state licensing regulatory structures differ, the unintended consequences of licensing reform and how to sustain efforts as the Occupational Licensing Consortium wraps up were just some of the points of discussion during the third and final annual Multi-State Occupational Licensing Learning Consortium Meeting.

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California Worker Classification Legislation Targets Gig Economy

The rise of the gig or on-demand economy has triggered a host of new legislation dealing with how the more than 15 million workers participating in these jobs are classified.

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New NCSL Report: A Path to Employment for Veterans With Disabilities

A new report by NCSL—A Path to Employment for Veterans with Disabilities—catalogues an extensive array of services and benefits designed to improve the lives of military veterans with disabilities by providing opportunities for meaningful employment.

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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.