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Lots of Action During Child Support Awareness Month

August was Child Support Awareness Month and as we pause to reflect on the 31 days of recognition, there is no shortage of action across the country related to child support.

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Tackling Poverty—Or at Least Trying To

In the months leading up to our annual Legislative Summit, those of us at NCSL are busy discussing the sessions we’re planning and why these issues matter to all of you that attend each year.

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State Efforts to Retain U.S. Nuclear Capability

Nuclear power in the United States is facing an unprecedented array of challenges. Nuclear plants are closing across the country, drawing the attention of utilities, regulators, federal officials and state policymakers.

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The Origins of 'Lying in State'

“Lying in state”  goes back millennia and is tied to the custom of honoring kings upon their passing.

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Early Learning Fellows Convene in Chicago

Earlier this month the fifth cohort of Early Learning Fellows convened in Chicago for their second of two face-to-face meetings of the program.

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Can the Market Help Rein in Health Care Costs?

The Deep Dive session “Targeting Health Care Costs,” at the Legislative Summit in Chicago last week, couldn’t have arrived at a better time for state lawmakers.

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Pay for Success in Social Programs: What's it Really About?

We all know the drill by now—budgets are tight and lawmakers must thoughtfully consider where to appropriate state funds. So how do we make sure we’re investing in the “right” programs and services?

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Lawmakers Weigh in on Capital Punishment

In his opening remarks as moderator of a session on capital punishment at the Legislative Summit in Chicago last week, Robert Cushing spoke plainly about the persistence of the death penalty in our society.

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Summit Exhibit Hall: Where Politics, Tools and Issues Converge

With more than 180 exhibitors and 50,000 sq ft. of floor space in Chicago’s McCormick Place, the 2016 Legislative Summit exhibit hall was packed with issues and organizations that spanned the political spectrum and tools intended to help government work more efficiently. 

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Teacher Shortages: Crisis or Opportunity

Considering the lack of respect, the low pay and the long hours, is it really that surprising there are teacher shortages?

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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.