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State Legislatures Magazine for March: Nothing But Net

With this month’s roundball madness heating up, the March issue of State Legislatures magazine offers plenty of solid fast-break opportunities.

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To Save Daylight or Not to Save Daylight - That is the Timely Question

American workers may be grumpy this week after losing an hour of sleep over the weekend, due to the ritual of clock-changing to conform to daylight saving time (DST).

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What’s New From Children and Families?

Did you know the child support program collected over $32 billion in child support during FY 2015?.

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Congressional Review Act 101 - A Brief Overview

The Congressional Review Act had only been used once before the 115th Congress. But with the inauguration of President Donald Trump, and a Republican majority in Congress, using the act is proving to be much more successful than in years past.

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Supreme Court Won't Decide Transgender Bathroom Case

The U.S. Supreme Court will not decide—at least not this term—whether transgender students have a right to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity due to changes in position on this issue from the Obama to Trump administrations.

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The Paranoia Might Be Real - Can Your App Hear You Now?

We can’t confirm whether the people on TV can see you, but the apps on your cell phone or other mobile devices may be listening to you.

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Trump's Executive Order Puts WOTUS on Notice

Fulfilling one of his major campaign promises, on Feb. 28, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to begin the process of reviewing, and possibly rescinding, the Environmental Protection Administration’s (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Clean Water Rule: Definition of Waters of the United States.

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Uncertain of a Future Trump Card, States Explore Gas Taxes to Fund Transportation Needs

State transportation funding policy mainly coasted in neutral last year, but the Trump administration has refueled the perennial conversation on infrastructure and transportation spending, albeit with uncertainty.

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STEM Education a Hot Topic for State Lawmakers

Across the country, state legislators have renewed interests in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

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A Year in Review: 2016 Early Care and Education Enactments

NCSL compiles and publishes an annual Early Care and Education Legislative Action report that summarizes legislative enactments.

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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.