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Denver Meeting Focused on Policy Related to Our Youngest Citizens

Legislators and legislative staff from 13 states, along with researchers and policy experts converged in Denver last month to participate in the first-of-its-kind Infant and Toddler Symposium convened by NCSL.

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Key Provisions in Senate Health Care Bill

Senate Republican leaders late last week released a working draft of a Senate version of the American Health Care Act entitled the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. Senate leaders are anticipating the package will be considered on the floor of the chamber sometime this week. It remains unclear if there are 50 votes committed to pass the bill.

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Supreme Court Knocks Down N.C. Law Keeping Sex Offenders off Social Media

Packingham v. North Carolina isn’t all bad news for states trying to restrict sex offenders from meeting minors online. In its opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court gives state legislatures a little advice on how to write such statutes constitutionally.

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Seeing Results on Evidence-Based Policymaking in Santa Fe

How states can incorporate evidence-based policymaking into their decision-making process was the focus of a recent meeting of state legisators and agency, executive and legislative staff convened in Santa Fe by NCSL and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Policymakers from 8 States Convene to Improve Maternal and Child Health

Teams of legislators, state health officials, maternal and child health directors, Medicaid officials and a pediatrician converged in Baltimore last month for a multi-state invitational meeting on improving maternal and child's health convened by NCSL.

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It Just Got Harder for Illinois To Pass a Budget

Until June 1, Illinois only required a simple majority in each chamber to pass a budget. Since lawmakers failed to meet that June 1 deadline again this year, a three-fifths majority vote in each chamber is now required to pass the budget.

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The Confusing World of Autocycles

Somewhere between a car and a motorcycle lies the autocycle. These three-wheeled, fuel-efficient vehicles are poised to take the automotive market by storm. The problem? Consumers, retailers and legislators alike are not quite sure what they ar

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States Moving Against Sunscreen/Prescription Laws

The Food and Drug Administration considers sunscreen as an over-the-counter drug product. This has led some schools to prohibit students from bringing sunscreen unless they have a physician’s note or prescription.

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Election Integrity, NCSL and You!

The big news in the elections world is that President Donald Trump signed an executive order to create the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity last week.

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Congressional Review Act 201—The End of the Fast Track Process

This week is Congress’ last chance to block regulations finalized by the previous administration utilizing the “fast track” provision within the CRA, which allows a rule to be disapproved of by a simple-majority vote, and prevents resolutions from being filibustered in the Senate.

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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.