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New Episode of 'Our American States' podcast: Security of U.S. Elections

The security of America's voting systems is under the microscope. Revelations about foreign hacking into state registration systems and allegations of voter fraud are a focal point of public policy discussions.

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All the Steps to Convene a Legislature

Pomp and circumstance amidst a whirlwind of other activities describes the opening of a legislative session.

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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Election Modernization is a Collaborative Effort

Election modernization—it’s a term we hear often in the elections community. To some it signals necessary reforms and progress, to others it’s a pipe dream without the funding to follow.

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Category: NCSL, Elections
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Getting the Word Out About the Earned Income Tax Credit

The EITC—a refundable tax credit—is available to folks who have an income, meet certain income limits set by the Internal Revenue Service and file a tax return.

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State Options to Keep Nuclear Power in the Energy Mix

The nation’s nuclear fleet is facing an unprecedented array of challenges as nuclear power looks to compete in a rapidly changing energy market.

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Trump Signs Executive Order on Infrastructure

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at expediting reviews and approvals of high priority infrastructure projects.

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Keeping Legislators and Citizens with Disabilities in the Loop

Legislative sessions in four states began this year with new assistive technologies in place that will help those with disabilities be fully involved in the legislative process.

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Should States Treat Computer Coding as a Foreign Language?

The issue of teaching coding is a part of larger movement to improve K-12 computer science education. Components include allowing computer science classes to satisfy existing graduation requirements for math or science, establishing computer science standards, and strengthening the computer science teacher certification process.

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Home Visits: Making a Difference for Children in Low-Income Families

The educational gap between low-income children and their middle-income peers starts as early as nine months. The gap continues through a child’s life and into adulthood, creating long-lasting effects.

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Improving Educational Outcomes Through Service and Legislative Action

Did you know that only 36 percent of the nation’s fourth graders are reading at or above proficiency? What about that students not reading proficiently by the end of third grade are four times less likely to graduate high school?

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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.