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FY 2020 Budget Breakdown: A Final Analysis for States

President Donald Trump signed, after Congress passed, two fiscal spending packages—defense-related (H.R.1158) and non-defense-related (H.R. 1865)—worth a total of $1.4 trillion just before the holidays, avoiding another partial government shutdown and funding the government through Sept. 30, 2020.

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Capitol Forum Session Focuses on Federal and State Disaster Costs

Sharing the cost of disasters between federal and state agencies—and some steps to reduce those costs—were examined during a session on “Sharing the Cost of Disasters: State and Federal Spending” at the NCSL annual Capitol Forum.

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Federal Health Agencies Explore Myriad Issues

Over the past few months HHS, CMS, the FDA and the CDC have been working on a number of policies through proposed and draft rules, published final rules and guidance sent to the states.

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States Avoid Major Pothole With Repeal of $7.6 Billion Transportation Rescission

Congress enacted, and the president signed, the Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Further Health Extenders Act of 2019 on Nov. 21.

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Congress Looking to States for Best Procedural Practices

What can Congress learn from the states? Quite a bit actually. In fact, The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress was established to learn how to make Congress work better for the American people.

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NCSL Cybersecurity Task Force Co-Chair Promotes Collaboration in D.C.

Cybersecurity Task Force Co-chair and California Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin met with staff members from the U.S. Senate and Department of Homeland Security last week to promote state leadership in cybersecurity and data privacy, share lessons learned, and encourage further collaboration and support from the federal government.

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NCSL and the National Association of Counties (NACo) hosted a series of events Thursday in Washington, D.C., highlighting state concerns over immigration policy.

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Using TIM to Minimize Traffic Delays

Traffic incident management, or TIM, isn’t the most common of transportation safety terms, but it’s gaining acceptance as an important part of an efficiently functioning transportation system.

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Hunger Partnership: New 'Bringing Legislators to the Table' Report Available

Back by popular demand, NCSL is releasing a third edition of “Bringing Legislators to the Table: Addressing Hunger through Public-Private Partnerships."

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Bringing Franking Into the 21st Century

How to regulate franking in an era when more messages arrive in your digital inbox than your physical mailbox was the focus of last week’s convening of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. 

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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.