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NCSL Hosts Conference on Rural School Principals

Fourteen legislators from 12 states discussed the challenges their rural schools face and the unique role of the rural school principal during the first NCSL rural-specific school leadership meeting last month in Denver.

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Massachusetts Lawmakers Pass Transgender Bathroom Bill

The Massachusetts legislature last week passed HB 4343, a bill amending existing antidiscrimination legislation that extends protections of transgender people to all public accommodations such as restaurants, bars and hotels.

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Pokeman Go: When Our Digital and Physical Worlds Begin to Merge

The new smartphone game, Pokémon Go, has been available for less than a week and already has more daily users than the social media apps of Twitter, Tinder, Snapchat and Instagram.

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NCSL's Early Learning Fellows Meet in Omaha

Twenty-five members of the 2016 Early Learning Fellows cohort, representing 16 states and the District of Columbia, traveled to Omaha to participate in a day-and-a-half meeting.

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Road Trip, Code Trip!

If it’s lack of time holding you back from visiting all the state capitols in the mainland, Randal Olson, a postdoctoral researcher who specializes in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data visualization, has developed an algorithm to determine the most direct driving route to the state capitols (9.33 days of driving, with no stops).

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Senator Sandra Williams: Women Making a Difference Winner

Senator Sandra Williams comes to the Ohio Legislature with an interesting background: She was an administrative assistant in the U.S. Army Reserves, a corrections and probation officer for years in Cleveland, a youth parole officer, and a legislative aide to Representative Annie Key of Cleveland, a background that demonstrates her commitment to the Cleveland community.

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 Representative Marcy Toepel: Women Making a Difference Winner

Representative Marcy Toepel not only loves her position in the Pennsylvania House but also loves spending time with her large family or taking a break from the stress of session to be outdoors either gardening or in the parks in her county.

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NCSL Welcomes Chinese Delegates to Minneapolis

NCSL was pleased to welcome a senior provincial delegation from China to our Executive Committee meeting in Minneapolis in May, part of NCSL’s long-term, ongoing relationship with the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

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Representative Valencia Stovall: Women Making a Difference Winner

Speaking with Representative Valencia Stovall it is easy to see she is passionate about her community and a few targeted passions boil to the surface with vigor.

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Senator Sue Rezin: Women Making a Difference Winner

Among Senator Sue Rezin's many accomplishments is establishing the Grundy County summer high school project-based internship program, supporting the local community colleges to implement a curriculum that will directly flood the employment pipeline to the local chemical and energy corridor.

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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.