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Wisconsin Seeks Solutions to Replacing Lead Service Lines

Wisconsin, like many states following the lead in water situation in Flint, Mich., struggled to figure out how to fund the replacement of lead service lines.

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Senator Karin Housley - Women Making a Difference in Politics Award

Growing up in Minnesota, Senator Karin Housley never had political aspirations.  She recalls, “I had school teachers for parents that didn’t talk about politics. I moved out of Minnesota when I was 18. My husband (Phil) was in the NHL (former star defenseman and current coach of the Buffalo Sabres) and we moved a lot.”

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Promoting Civility in Our State Legislatures

Most Americans agree our politics have become less civil since the November elections—70 percent according to an NPR/PBS/Marist public opinion poll released this summer.

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Representative Kay Khan - Women Making a Difference in Politics Award

Representative Kay Khan didn’t take what most would consider the traditional path into politics. As a girl, she was inspired by her mother’s leadership and strong voice in the PTA—a voice that would eventually lead her mother to testify on child nutrition before Senator Hubert Humphrey and Congress. 

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Human Services Chairs Meeting Focuses on Multi-Generational Strategies

In early October, 27 chairs of human services and related appropriations committees representing 21 states convened in Nashville, Tenn. for NCSL’s Human Services Chairs Meeting.

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Strengthening Ignition Interlock Laws

Ignition interlock  laws can be powerful tools in the fight against alcohol-impaired driving, but in several states the interlock law itself can be a major obstacle to increasing its use, a leading traffic safety researcher told a session of NCSL's State Transportation Leaders Symposium on Thursday.

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International Clerks in Spotlight at ASLCS PDS

The 2017 Professional Development Seminar of the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries brought together clerks, secretaries and their staff from 33 states and overseas for a six-day conference in Phoenix. 

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State Legislators Learn Latest Juvenile Justice Reform Policies in Big Apple

State legislators and staff got the chance to learn about the latest juvenile justice reform policies across the country during NCSL’s Juvenile Justice Model Site Visit Sept. 24-26 in New York City.

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Meet the Press at the Legislative Summit

A panel of journalists during a session on "A Free and Responsible Press in Today's Political Climate" at NCSL's Legislative Summit said the threat to press freedom felt no greater today than it has been at other times in America's past.

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What Happened to the American Dream?

The American Dream—the opportunity for anyone to succeed financially and move higher up the economic ladder from where they started—hasn’t quite become a nightmare, but it’s no longer the wonderful, universal experience it once was.

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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.