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Look What's In the New State Legislatures Magazine

Is it getting warm in here? Supporting nearly 9,000 U.S. companies and employing more than 250,000 Americans, the solar energy industry is getting tough for lawmakers to ignore. “The policies we create in the legislature send the signals to the industry on whether to invest in our state or not,” Nevada Assemblyman Chris Brooks says.

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State Legislatures Magazine | Inside This Month's Issue

As new legislative sessions begin across the country, lawmakers and staff will dive into all sorts of issues. Some will be unique to their states, but many will affect every state. The hottest of them made our annual top 10 list. See if you agree with our choices.

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State Legislatures Magazine: Inside the December Issue

The year is drawing to a close, but we’ve still got plenty to talk about, starting with the task Congress likely will turn to next: immigration reform. 

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State Legislatures Magazine: A Potpourri of Tough Issues

Coping with industrial automation, educating the manufacturing workforce, deciding what to pay legislators, modernizing voting systems—all are tough issues, with no easy answers. That’s why the October/November issue of State Legislatures is a must read.

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State Legislatures Magazine: Civics on the Decline

Who’s going to run the country if no one knows how it works?

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State Legislatures Magazine: Get Your Fill of Federalism

Who calls the shots, the states or the federal government? The answer, according to the U.S. Constitution, is both—it just depends on the duty or power in question. 

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State Legislatures Magazine: Nevada Snubs Nuclear

It’s always been a one-sided affair. The federal government for decades has eyed Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as the potential site of a permanent nuclear waste storage facility. But the state’s residents and lawmakers have never shared their suitor’s enthusiasm for the project.

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State Legislatures Magazine: Big Data Can Work for You

Some say the only thing governments are good at is collecting taxes. Truth is, they’re even better at collecting data. 

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State Legislatures Magazine: Busting Backlog of Untested Rape Kits

In some states, untested rape kits can languish in storage for years. In others, a kit can be discarded unless the assault survivor regularly requests that it be preserved.

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State Legislatures Magazine for March: Nothing But Net

With this month’s roundball madness heating up, the March issue of State Legislatures magazine offers plenty of solid fast-break opportunities.

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