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Water, water everywhere, Nor any drop to drink

West Virginia’s legislative leaders did not think that the first couple of weeks of session would be upended by a declared state of emergency in the capital city Charleston because of a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply for over 300,000 people including the Capitol.

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It's Back-to-Session Time for Most State Lawmakers

As the new year gets under way, so do America’s state legislatures. This year, 46 legislatures will convene to discuss and examine a variety of topics.

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Learning the Lessons of Gettysburg

A recent leadership development program that NCSL staged for legislative leaders at the battlefield in Gettysburg, Penn.,  was perhaps the most impressive program that I’ve seen.

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Any one of these is a bad sign: a unanimous opinion, a short opinion, and an opinion early in the Supreme Court’s term. But all three at once means you probably never stood a chance.

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Transportation: Getting From Here to There

When people decide how to get from Point A to Point B, they take all kinds of things into account. What’s the weather like? Am I late? Will the car start? Is there traffic? What time is Billy’s soccer practice again? Do I have my transit pass?

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Legislative Leaders Hear About Persuasion, Economy, Values

Legislative leaders from around the country heard presentations on persuasion, leadership, values and more during NCSL's recent special workshop in Tucson, Ariz.
 

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 Database Tracks Child Care, Early Education Bills

The Early Care and Education legislative tracking database tracks and updates early care and education legislation from the 2008-2013 legislative sessions for 50 states and the territories.

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NCSL staff volunteered at last Friday at a local nonprofit in Colorado during its Santa Workshop and distributed holiday gifts to families in need.

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Health Care for Aging, Teacher Evaluations Explored in Latest issue of State Legislatures

Health care for an aging population, teacher evaluations and prevention strategies are explored in the December issue of State Legislatures magazine, which is available both online and as a PDF.

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Female Veterans' Issues Highlighted at NCSL Session

More than 7,000 of the nation’s 1.8 million female veterans are homeless, four times the rate of civilian women. Furthermore, female veterans have higher rates of unemployment than their civilian counterparts. Those needs of female veterans were among the topics during a Fall Forum session devoted to state services for veterans co-sponsored by NCSL’s Military and Veterans’ Affairs Task Force and the Women’s Legislative Network.

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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.