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Listen Up! Learn the Skills of Good Listening

Los Angeles—By focusing only on what you’re saying, chances are good that you’re not hearing. It’s one of several barriers to listening described by leadership coach Samuel Solomon during the workshop “Learning to Listen” at NCSL’s Legislative Summit.

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Reforming the Juvenile Justice System by Keeping Kids Out of It

Los Angeles—The key to helping juveniles who become involved in the criminal justice system? Make sure they avoid it in the first place.

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U.S. Economic Forecast: Sunny Today, Clouds Building

Los Angeles—The U.S. economy is in good shape, but challenges hover. That's the message economist Christopher Thornberg delivered to a Legislative Summit session Wednesday.

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‘Strategic Leadership’ Key to Turning Around Low-Performing Schools

Los Angeles—There was a time when Sergio Garcia, principal at Artesia High School in Los Angeles County, would get hung up on when contacting teachers about job openings in his classrooms.

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Strategies for Managing Prison Health Care Costs

Los Angeles—A panel at NCSL's Legislative Summit grappled with how to manage strategies for prison health care expenses that cost states $8.1 billion in 2015 to treat a population with high rates of both physical and behavioral health issues.

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The Crossroads of Cannabis, Federal Law and the States

Los Angeles—Federal law continues to ban medical or recreational marijuana, which means states have to navigate carefully through any legalization efforts. However, notable developments this year might make it easier to regulate cannabis, Vanderbilt law professor Robert Mikos told a session of NCSL's Legislative Summit.

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In Healthy Workplaces, Culture Trumps Compliance

Los Angeles—Sexual harassment is mainly a problem for Hollywood actors and Wall Street traders, right? Wrong.

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Preparing States for the Real Possibility of an Election Cyberattack

Los Angeles—In the commercial world, a cyberattack likely results in the public losing confidence in the reputation of a product or company. But in government? And specifically, elections? It’s about people losing confidence in America’s entire voting process.

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Supreme Court Roundup: It Wasn't Just Wayfair

Los Angeles—The U.S. Supreme Court's decision allowing states to collect sales and use taxes on online purchases was a historic and long-fought victory for states, but other cases this term were important for states, NCSL's Supreme Court analyst Lisa Soronen told a session Monday at NCSL's Legislative Summit.

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NCSL Legislative Summit Opens Monday in Los Angeles

Los Angeles—Throw a dart at the nation's public policy target board and you're certain to hit one of the topics on tap at the 2018 NCSL Legislative Summit, opening Monday at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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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.