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Mass. Website Allows Public to 'See Through' State Financial Data

Massachusetts launched its new open data/open records platform, CTHRU, this week, allowing the public to access and analyze the state’s financial data, such as spending and payroll.

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U.S. DOT Releases Updated Autonomous Vehicle Guidelines

The National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration issued updated guidance today for the safe development of highly autonomous vehicles.

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NCSL Responds to Federal Cyber Commission

NCSL submitted a response Sept. 9 to the RFI regarding state governance on subjects of critical infrastructure, cyber insurance, workforce development, identity and access management, public awareness and education.

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Building Websites that Engage Constituents

Arizona Senator Bob Worsley went from enticing people to engage with the SkyMall catalog in their airplane seat pocket to getting them to engage in Arizona civic matters. Ryan Blair oversaw the redesign of the New York Senate website and was honored with NCSL’s 2016 Online Democracy Award for having a superior legislative website.

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Many Issues Remain on Body-Worn Cameras

A panel discussion involving a researcher, two legislators and a police chief talking about police body-worn cameras Monday at the Legislative Summit could scarcely have been more topical or timely.

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How We Learned to Embrace, Not Fear Social Media

Sometimes, it seems trouble is just a tweet away.

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Colorado LegiSource:  A Great Way to Reach and Teach State Legislators

Colorado LegiSource blog features weekly posts  that range from “inside baseball” (Do-overs in the Legislative Process) to history (Old Supreme Court Windows Honor Ethnic and Racial Group History in Colorado) to fun facts (“Why Don’t We Fix the Radiator?”: How a Broken Appliance Led to a Dazzling Restoration at the Colorado Capitol).

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Pokeman Go: When Our Digital and Physical Worlds Begin to Merge

The new smartphone game, Pokémon Go, has been available for less than a week and already has more daily users than the social media apps of Twitter, Tinder, Snapchat and Instagram.

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Road Trip, Code Trip!

If it’s lack of time holding you back from visiting all the state capitols in the mainland, Randal Olson, a postdoctoral researcher who specializes in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data visualization, has developed an algorithm to determine the most direct driving route to the state capitols (9.33 days of driving, with no stops).

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State Legislatures Magazine: Keeping Student Data Safe

Over time, schools collect a huge amount of information on student attendance, behavior and performance. Generally, that’s is a good thing.

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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.