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Webinar Wednesday: Revitalizing Civics Education in Schools

Millions of American students and adults continue to be unfamiliar with how their government works, leading experts to sound the alarm about a civics education crisis and call for its revitalization.

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Dig Deep into the Supreme Court's Term With this Free Webinar Series

The Supreme Court term is over. which means it's time to dig into "what does it mean" territory so you can amaze your friends with your SCOTUS insights at cocktail parties and cookouts. Herewith, a series of webinars organized by the State and Local Legal Center and hosted by an all-star group of organizations

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The Multitasking Myth - STOP and Pay Attention

It’s been said that our lives are not determined by what actually happens to us, but instead by what we pay attention to as those events unfold.  This notion was confirmed by University of Miami professor Amishi Jha in her presentation to the NCSL Leaders Symposium in Denver last week.

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Prescription Drug Costs - Standing Front and Center

“American Patients First,” a blueprint looking at ways to increase affordable prescription drug access for all Americans, was released by the administration in May.

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States Win Online Sales Tax Case

In South Dakota v. Wayfair, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states and local governments can require vendors with no physical presence in the state to collect sales tax.

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Technical Assistance: It Could Happen to You in Your State

Did you know NCSL staff will travel to your state to provide committee testimony or to convene a stakeholder meeting?

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It’s the Law: New Report Highlights States That Mandate Evidence-Based Programs

For state lawmakers looking to reduce waste and improve program outcomes, a growing number of states rely on rigorous analyses of program results to inform budget, policy and management decisions, also known as evidence-based policymaking.

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A Podcast To Get You Up to Speed on Online Sales Tax

NCSL's ace Supreme Court blogger Lisa Soronen has written a lot for us and others about the journey to the Supreme Court for an issue that's crucial to states. Now she's talking about it on a podcast hosted by the International Municipal Lawyers Association.

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Tracking State Innovations in Medicaid

States enacted nearly 400 laws related to health system innovations in 2017, including at least 104 laws related to Medicaid reforms.

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District Court Orders Trump Administration to Temporarily Maintain DACA

A federal district court has issued a temporary nationwide injunction requiring the Trump administration to maintain much of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 

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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.