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NCSL Staff Meets with House Cannabis Caucus Organizer

NCSL Law, Criminal Justice, and Public Safety staff met with one of the legislative directors behind a newly-created bipartisan House Cannabis Caucus.

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Regulating Drones Near State Capitols

 A handful of states regulate the operation of drones near state capitol buildings.

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House Committee Votes to Terminate Election Assistance Commission

The U.S. House Committee on House Administration voted 6-3 along party lines this week to terminate the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

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New Federal Rule Aims to Bolster Child Support Program

A new federal rule intends to increase the effectiveness of the child support program for all families and provide for more flexibility in state child support programs.

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What Contributes to School Readiness?

States are considering updating school readiness definitions to include brain research and the importance of noncognitive skills.

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Funding Front-End Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal justice reform increasingly includes changes to the front end of the system. Emphasis has been placed on deflecting individuals away from arrest processing, diverting defendants from jail into community-based supervision and placing offenders in treatment programs to address behavioral health issues. 

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Tracking Scope of Practice Around the Nation

A new website, ScopeofPracticePolicy.org, provides policymakers with information on laws that govern the scope of practice for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dental hygienists and dental therapists across the country.

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Legal Implications of Trump's 2-for-1 Regulations Order

President Donald Trump’s “2 for 1” executive order where for every federal regulation proposed two must be “identified” for repeal, unsurprisingly, has been criticized by some and applauded by others.

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Microsoft Pulls Back Curtains on Cybersecurity for Lawmakers' Visit

With states collecting a vast amount of data, the risk of a breach or exposure is imminent and lawmakers are determining how to respond. This past December, 26 legislators and legislative staff from 11 states headed to Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash., to learn more about the threats states face and what can be done about them.

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Getting the Word Out About the Earned Income Tax Credit

The EITC—a refundable tax credit—is available to folks who have an income, meet certain income limits set by the Internal Revenue Service and file a tax return.

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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.