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Crafting Master Plans: States Supporting an Aging Population

By 2030, all baby boomers will be older than 65, meaning 1 in every 5 U.S. residents will be retirement age. As the older U.S. population grows, states are exploring policies to ease the transition and offer support.  

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Building Democracy Episode 5: NCSL’s Role in Creating the Modern Legislature

Not to toot our own horn, but NCSL’s history is integrally tied to the titanic efforts, personalities and organizations that sought to bolster the legislative institution in the second half of the 20th century.

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New Podcast: State Innovations to Manage High Cost of Gene Therapies

Some gene therapies “are approaching several million dollars and those costs are felt across the health care system, particularly for Medicaid and state employee plans,” said Colleen Becker, a sernior policy specialist in NCSL's Health Program, during a recent installment of NCSL’s “Our American States” podcast.

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'Building Democracy': The Evolution of State Legislatures in the 1800s: Expansion, Conflict and Reconciliation

Our next episode of "Building Democracy" picks up after the end of the Revolutionary War. With the sovereignty and independence of the United States secured, the Revolutionary War over and the British (mostly) repulsed from North American shores, the young nation turns its attention to its Western borders.

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'Building Democracy' Podcast Episode 2: The Story of Legislatures Through the Revolution

The relationship between the colonies and England remained positive throughout most of the colonial period. Even in the midst of the conflict, roughly half of the American population remained loyal to the crown. So, what happened?

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Discovering Angela's Story in Historic Jamestown

Overlaying the celebration in 2019 of the inaugural session of English North America’s original representative democratic body is the grim remembrace that it was also the dawn of American slavery.

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NCSL’s "Our American States" podcast presents a special new six-part series, “Building Democracy: The Story of Legislatures,” covering the history, characters and stories of state legislatures in America, from the beginnings in Jamestown, to the present day and into the future.

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Delaware Communications Staff Takes the Podcasting Plunge

It’s not like the communications staff for the Delaware House Democratic Caucus didn’t have enough to do. But after attending the Legislative Information and Communications Staff (LINCS) association’s professional development seminar last fall, they were inspired to take on a new project.

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'Almanac' Senior Author Sees New Battlegrounds in 2020

Four traditionally Republican-leaning states could become battlegrounds in 2020, says political analyst Louis Jacobson.

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Advice to New Legislators: What I Wish I Knew

David Long, who rose to become the Senate pro tem in Indiana, remembers an early meeting in his legislative career. He asked to talk with the chair of the finance committee to discuss the state’s income tax law and proceeded to tell him “how dumb aspects of it were.”

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