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States to Play Big Role in Preserving Nuclear Power

When the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant shut down in 2014, something happened in New England that hadn’t happened in five years: carbon emissions rose.

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Highly Anticipated Fifth Class of Early Learning Fellows Program Kicks Off

The NCSL Early Learning Fellows program is at it again.

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Felon Voting Rights: A Legislative/Executive Struggle in Virginia

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced an executive order last week automatically restoring voting rights to convicted felons who have completed their prison sentence and their term of supervised release as of April 22.

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Purple Reigns in Minnesota House Tribute to Prince

Representative Peggy Flanagan ( DFL-St. Louis Park) sang Prince's hit “Purple Rain” Monday, accompanied by Representative Mike Freiberg (DFL-Golden Valley) on piano.

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At What Cost? NCSL President Testifies on Unfunded Mandates

NCSL President and Utah Senate President Pro Tempore Curt Bramble carried a simple message to Congress at a Senate subcommittee hearing on Wednesday: "Knock it off.”

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In Memoriam: Former NCSL President Nevada Senator Debbie Smith

Nevada Senator Debbie Smith was a champion of education, a believer in the good of government, an extraordinary public servant, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, a cherished colleague and friend.

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ESSA: Focus Turns to Implementation

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), recent legislation reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, moves away from the one-size fits all, top-down approach of No Child Left Behind and allows states to design their own education accountability systems.

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Thinking About Civility - More Than Being Nice

Be nice. Those two words fall out of my mouth on a daily basis as I teach my preschooler about the importance of her actions and words in this big world.

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NCSL's Education Show Hits the Road

NCSL’s Education Committee staff is heading west … and north, and east, and south.

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2016 Legislative Sessions–By the Numbers

By the end of this week, 36 legislatures will have convened their 2016 regular session.

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About the NCSL Blog

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.