Short Takes: News From Inside NCSL

12/1/2015

STATE LEGISLATURES MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2015

NCSL Expertise

NCSL analysts quoted in the news

“Our members are used to passing budgets. They’re used to doing their jobs.”

—Neal Osten on legislators’ frustration with Congress, in The Washington Post.

 “This is the first one we’ve seen in at least a decade.”

—Kae Warnock on the Texas initiative to repeal a requirement that statewide officeholders live in the capital, in The Washington Times.

“We’re seeing it as a bipartisan issue.”

—Kate Blackman on the largely state-driven trend to use technology to deliver health care remotely, in the International Business Times.

“Without money ... you don’t pave the roads, you don’t pick up the trash, you don’t upgrade the sewer system.”

—Doug Farquhar on the impact of shrinking tax revenue caused by rural flight, in the Lincoln Journal Star.

“There is certainly no data to show it is an advantage to one party or the other.”

—Wendy Underhill on online voter registration, in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Tribal Energy Summit

From left, Russell Jim, with Yakama Nation, Senator John McCoy, of Washington, and Rose Ferri, with Yakama Nation. Jim is an original member of the State and Tribal Government Working Group. More than 400 representatives of state and tribal governments, federal agencies, the private sector, utilities and academia gathered at the National Tribal Energy Summit in Washington, D.C., to discuss energy supply and planning, new technology and climate preparedness.

Hosted by NCSL as part of its 20-plus-year partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, the summit provides an opportunity for diaologue among federal, state and tribal officials on energy issues. Featured speakers included U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

From left, Russell Jim, with Yakama Nation, Senator John McCoy, of Washington, and Rose Ferri, with Yakama Nation. Jim is an original member of the State and Tribal Government Working Group.

 

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

 

 

Keeping the Skies Friendly

Wondering what to make of the increasing use of unmanned aircraft? NCSL is here to help. The Foundation for State Legislatures Partnership Project on Unmanned Aircraft Systems brings lawmakers and legislative staff together with industry leaders, researchers and safety experts. They identify ways to balance the benefits of drones with privacy, safety and Fourth Amendment concerns. Co-chairing the project are Illinois Senator Daniel Biss (D) and Alaska Representative Shelley Hughes (R).

Alaska Representative Shelley Hughes, right, listens as Ro Bailey, deputy director of the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration, describes one of her vehicles at the Alaska Capitol.

 

 

 

 

 

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