Short Takes on NCSL News

9/1/2017

State Legislatures Magazine | september 2017

Expertise

“We’re in the eighth year of recovery from the Great Recession.”

—Arturo Pérez on the budget struggles most states still face nearly a decade after the recession ended, in Bloomberg.

“It’s an equity debate.”

—Kevin Pula on the road-use fees some states charge for electric vehicles to make sure their owners contribute to road building and maintenance, in the Fiscal Times.

“As e-commerce continues to grow at 15 percent a year, like it has the last six years, those numbers will grow.”

—Max Behlke on the tens of billions of dollars states are losing because they can’t collect sales taxes from remote online retailers, on NPR.

Autonomous Expertise

NCSL’s Anne Teigen, center, testifies before a Kentucky transportation committee on state efforts to regulate autonomous vehicles. Also testifying were Jason Siwula, left, with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and Marty Frappolli, right, from The Institutes.NCSL’s transportation team tracks issues ranging from autonomous vehicles to traffic safety. Visit ncsl.org/research/transportation to find a variety of resources, including a database of legislation. Or visit the magazine’s Deep Dive page for the latest on transportation funding and financing.

NCSL’s Anne Teigen, center, testifies before a Kentucky transportation committee on state efforts to regulate autonomous vehicles. Also testifying were Jason Siwula, left, with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and Marty Frappolli, right, from The Institutes.

Ideas

Making Plans

NCSLFrom left, New Mexico Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard, Senator Mimi Stewart and Legislative Education Study Committee Executive Director Rachel Gudgel work on New Mexico’s ESSA plan during an NCSL meeting this summer.’s Education Program is helping states design their education systems by taking advantage of the flexibility in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

From left, New Mexico Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard, Senator Mimi Stewart and Legislative Education Study Committee Executive Director Rachel Gudgel work on New Mexico’s ESSA plan during an NCSL meeting this summer.

 

Support

Whatever the topic, NCSL probably has a report on it. Recent publications tackle infrastructure, solar energy, the health care workforce and immigration. Visit ncsl.org to find reports, legislative databases and other resources on the topics being discussed in statehouses across the country.

Connections

Task Force Trip

NCSL’s Agricultural Task Force meetings bring together legislators and staff three times a year to study inland waterways, pollinator health and research partnerships, among other topics. During a visit to New Orleans this summer, members saw firsthand the importance of the Mississippi River and the Port of New Orleans to the agricultural industry and trade. 

From left, Iowa Senator Rita Hart, Lowell Atchley of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, South Dakota Senator Justin Cronin and New Hampshire Representative John O’Connor ride down the Mississippi River during a tour of a grain elevator and shipyard in New Orleans.

Left, from left, Iowa Senator Rita Hart, Lowell Atchley of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, South Dakota Senator Justin Cronin and New Hampshire Representative John O’Connor boat down the Mississippi River during a tour of the Archer Daniels Midland grain elevator facility in Destrehan, La.

 Colorado Representative Jennifer Arndt asks questions while touring an Archer Daniels Midland grain elevator facility in Destrehan, La.

Right, Colorado Representative Jennifer Arndt asks questions during the Archer Daniels Midland tour.

 

Additional Resources