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Cryptocurrency: Currency of the Future or Just a Fad?

Los Angeles—The U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) defines virtual currency as “a medium of exchange that operates like a currency in some environments, but does not have all the attributes of real currency.

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Tech CEOs Offer Some Policy Advice

Los Angeles—Portable benefits. Training. Affordable housing. Occupational licensing reform. Streamlining of regulation. A trio of young tech CEOS who kicked off the first general session of NCSL’s 44th Legislative Summit all agreed that those rather low-tech concepts were critical to nurturing entrepreneurs in the U.S.

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NCSL Seeking Winning Websites: Online Democracy Award

Each year, the NCSL Online Democracy Award recognizes a state legislative website that stands out for making democracy user-friendly. A look at websites of past winners can spark inspiration and new ideas for any legislative website.

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What to Expect on Federal Broadband Policy

Beginning in March, the Senate Commerce Committee will move on infrastructure proposals that are likely to include broadband internet policies.

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State Efforts on Elections Cybersecurity Never Went Away

Election security is back in the news. The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence held hearings on Tuesday, and the consensus from national intelligence experts is that disinformation campaigns and attempts to disrupt our elections are the new normal.

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Supreme Court to Decide Sales Tax Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether states may require out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax. 

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DOJ Pulls Advance Rulemakings for State and Local Government Accessibility

Since 2010 states and local governments have been waiting for the Department of Justice to issue regulations requiring them to increase website, equipment and furniture, and 9-1-1 accessibility for persons with disabilities. The wait is over. The regulations are no longer in the works—for now.

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Addressing Cybersecurity in the Age of Autonomous Vehicles

Researchers are hopeful the auonomous operation will drastically reduce the 94 percent of serious automobile crashes attributable to driver error, but the question hanging over the technology is how the vehicles can be made secure from outside forces taking control. 

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Libraries 'even more valuable' in internet era

Don't bother Greg Lucas with the tired trope that the internet means people don't need libraries anymore. 

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Back to the Future - The World in 2027

John Feland told a packed ballroom at the NCSL Capitol Forum that he wanted to "make each of you a futurist."

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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.