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Pew Report: States Vary in Approach to Outcome Monitoring

With increasing legislative scrutiny on program effectiveness, state legislators use performance management systems, also known as outcome monitoring systems, for guidance. Nearly every state has an outcome monitoring system in place, yet just under half regularly review or audit performance indicators to evaluate success.

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Report Finds Gaping Hole in Retirement Savings as Policymakers Craft Innovative Solutions

A new report from the National Institute on Retirement Security paints an astonishing picture of retirement unreadiness in America, despite the economic recovery.

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New Law Reduces Barriers to Care for Athletes

President Donald Trump last week signed the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (H.R 302). H.R 302 which extends the liability insurance coverage of a state-licensed medical professional to another state. This new law allows professionals who provide medical services to an athlete or team to travel with them and provide care to out-of-state games.

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It's October, Let's Recognize the Importance of Disability Employment

Each October, lawmakers, activists, and residents recognize National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) celebrating the important role that gainful employment plays in the life of a person with a disability.

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Goodbye NAFTA, Hello USMCA

NAFTA may be dead, but USMCA isn’t much different.

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State Solutions in Integrating Immigrant Professionals Into the Workforce

As baby boomers are starting to retire and state demographics begin to shift, state lawmakers are looking into creative and innovative solutions to support economic development.

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State Legislatures Magazine: Halting Harassment

The #MeToo movement continues to affirm the hard truth of sexual harassment: It’s everywhere.

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9 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Labor Day

So, yes, you know the first Monday in September means a day off from work and school for most of us. And maybe you also know that Labor Day is a tribute to American workers. But if things start to get foggy beyond that, we’ve rounded up nine facts about the annual federal holiday sure to impress your barbecue guests. 

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State Minimum Wage Developments

Minimum wage debates have been a staple in state legislatures the past several years. From 2013-2016, there were 30 enacted increases via either legislation or ballot measure compared to three in the four years prior. Activity on the issue has slowed recently, however.

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Did Legislators Continue to Prioritize Occupational Licensing in 2018?

At the beginning of this year we asked: Will licensing stay on center stage in 2018?

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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.