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What’s New from Children and Families in May?

Many states reported using Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds for child care. Twenty-four states transferred or directly used TANF funds for child care ranging from $2 million in Texas up to $382 million in California.

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Early Care and Education Webinar Series: Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences

Spring has sprung and along with songbirds, misty mornings, salamanders and bunnies in the backyard, comes NCSL's webinar season.

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My How Things Have Changed

From looking up bills and resources, to providing committee testimony, NCSL staff are often called on when time is of the essence. It’s not uncommon to field a phone call from a legislator walking to a committee hearing or floor vote, wanting “Anything you have on XYZ, and can I get that within the hour? Thanks.”

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Time to Show Us Your Outstanding Documents

Have you or someone else in your state produced what you consider to be an outstanding document? Don't hide its light under a legislative basket! Submit it to NCSL's 2017 Notable Documents Awards competition.

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RIP: Former NCSL President, Utah Lawmaker Miles 'Cap' Ferry

Miles 'Cap' Ferry was known around the Utah legislature for his loud clothes and his quietly effective style for getting his bills passed. Mr. Ferry, who died late last week at 84, was president of NCSL in 1983-84 and served 20 years in the Utah legislature, including a stint as majority leader.

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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Former NCSL Staff Chair Patsy Spaw Honored

Congratulations to Patsy Spaw, who has served since 2001 as secretary of the Texas Senate, and has been honored for her “extraordinary contribution to public service.”

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Canvass March Issue: A Lion's Share of Elections News

March may be going out like lamb, but this month’s issue of The Canvass is ending the month like a lion. 

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A Deserved Day of Remembrance and Recognition: Honoring Vietnam Veterans

I am privileged to have been raised in America’s heartland—just miles from Fort Riley, Kan.—and to have a Vietnam veteran as a father.

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Financial Literacy: Not Just For Kids

April is Financial Literacy Month. Financial literacy focuses on the specific knowledge and concepts consumers need to manage their money and build wealth, depending on an individual’s situation.

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Why Johnny Doesn't Know Much About Civics

Millions of American students and adults are unfamiliar with how their government works and experts are sounding the alarm about a crisis in civics education.

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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.