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What to Watch for in 2017 from State-Federal Emergency Management

The National Homeland Security Consortium outlined its members' top priorities for 2017 during its recent conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., in which NCSL participated.

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Redefining Biotechnology Three Decades Later

Biotechnology, or biotech, as it is sometimes referred to, isn’t the easiest word to define.

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What Lawmakers Did to Help Prevent Injuries in 2016

As state legislatures across the country are gearing up for the beginning of session, NCSL staff are looking back at 2016 state action on injury prevention, an important public health issue including child abuse and neglect, older adult falls, teen dating violence and traumatic brain injury.  

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New Year, New Look for NCSL LegisBriefs

Thanks to NCSL’s manager of graphic design, Steve Miller, the new LegisBrief design is fresh, energetic and colorful, conveying important information with clear language and vibrant graphics.

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2016 Child Support and Family Law Enactments

Child support and family law were again big topics for state legislatures during the 2016 legislative session.

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Many Are Critical of DHS Designation of Elections as Critical Infrastructure

The designation of election infrastructure as a critical infrastructure subsector under the Department of Homeland Security pleases some—especially election security advocates—and infuriates others on the grounds of federal “overreach” into states’ affairs. 

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State Legislatures Magazine: Top 10 Issues for 2017

With many suggestions from my policy expert colleagues at NCSL, I sit down every November to write the January State Legislatures magazine article on what the hottest issues will be in the coming year.

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Webinar: What State Legislators Need to Know About Disabilities Employment Policy

To help further the conversation started in Work Matters, NCSL is hosting a webinar entitled “Disabilities Employment 101: What State Legislators Need to Know.”

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As Opioid Deaths Rise, States and Feds Increase Efforts

More than 52,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2015—and 63 percent of those deaths involved an opioid.

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Majority of U.S. Congress is Former State Legislators

The House’s 52 member freshmen class, includes 23 former state legislators, thus ensuring that a majority of the members of the House are former state legislators.

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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.