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Historical Horses, Lots of Policy on Voters' Ballots

Los Angeles—A potpourri of public policy issues ranging from fiscal to social, electoral and much more, await voters in the upcoming elections

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The Workforce is Changing - And it's Going Freelance

Los Angeles—If you're expecting to get a gold watch at the end of your working career, you're probably going to want to get to know a jeweler, because your company is unlikely to hand them out.

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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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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.