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Census Questions Asked and Answered at Summit

The “All About the Census” session at Legislative Summit produced a string of timely questions.

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Tennessee Higher Education Leaders Discuss A Decade of Bipartisan Success

As state legislators seek to boost postsecondary credential attainment, many states have looked to Tennessee as a model for improving student attainment outcomes and modifying higher education governance.

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Cultivating Credibility: Lessons from Journalism

Ten years ago, as the number of statehouse reporters was dwindling and newspapers were folding, Evan Smith bucked the trend. The co-founder of the Texas Tribune, a successful nonprofit online news organization dedicated to covering politics, policy, government and statewide issues, Smith says nonprofits like his are “coming to your state” because “the economics of the news business does not allow the coverage needed in a profit-making model.”

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Election Realities: Wilson County, Tenn., Election Commission

At Legislative Summit, nobody works 9 to 5. And so it was that hours before Dolly Parton made a standing room-only Summit splash last week, a small but intrepid group visited the Wilson County Election Commission on the outskirts of Nashville, early on a Monday morning, to see the reality of running elections in Tennessee.

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Addressing Vulnerabilities, Opportunities in a Changing Energy Landscape

As states plan their energy futures and pursue grid modernization policies, legislators are confronted with some tough questions. How will these new energy technologies affect reliability? Who is protecting the grid from cyberattacks? How will these policies affect economic development in my district?

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Moving Forward With Autonomous Vehicles

Nashville—As autonomous vehicles move closer to merging into traffic lanes on the nation’s roadways, regulations and standards implemented by states likely loom as large as what engineers build into the dashboard.

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Times Are Tough. Knowing History Helps.

After a week in which the raw divisions of the nation were on painful display, historian Jon Meacham stepped very carefully into the fray Thursday when he addressed the closing General Session of NCSL’s Legislative Summit in Nashville.

Assessing the state of our nation in the heat of the moment, he suggested, was probably a fool’s errand.

“History has the capacity to bring us together,” he said, “that conversations about this moment do not.”

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Pot's Still Hot

Lawmaker interest in marijuana policy appears to be as high as ever, evidenced in part by the standing room only crowd during ”The Straight Dope on Marijuana Revenues,” at the Legislative Summit in Nashville.

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Redistricting and the Law

Tuesday’s “Redistricting and the Law” session at NCSL’s Legislative Summit fell on a date familiar to many in the room. It was on Aug. 6, 1965, that Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, which outlawed racial discrimination in voting.

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A Term of Change on the Supreme Court

And if you think the last Supreme Court term was big (census, partisan gerrymandering), well, buckle up. 

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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.