State Legislatures

VOLUME 37, No. 4 | April 2011

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SPEAKING OUT
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner talks about what the new Republican majority means for states.

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NEWLY IN CHARGE
By Alan Greenblatt
Nearly two dozen leaders have assumed control of legislative chambers around the country and changes are happening fast.

Online: Learn more about legislative leaders at NCSL Leaders' Center and watch videos of leaders talking about the
challenges they face.

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PUTTING A LOCK ON IT
By Melissa Savage and Anne Teigen
Many argue the only way to stop people from driving when they’re drunk is
with technology.

Online:  Learn more about drunken and impaired driving and read previous magazine articles.

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THE PRESIDENT'S NUMBERS
By Michael Bird
President Obama’s proposed budget for FY 2012 offers clues for what lawmakers
can expect from the state-federal relationship.

Online: Read NCSL's latest "State Budget Update."

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TAXES ON THE HORIZON?
By Ron Snell
History suggests states often turn to tax increases in painful post-recession periods.

Online: Read “NCSL Fiscal Brief: How State Tax Policy Responds to Economic Recessions” to learn more about tax legislation following a recession.

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THEN AND NOW

Find out where our statehouse photo comes from this month.

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STATESTATS

Online: Learn more about legislation affecting manufactured drugs.

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TRENDS AND TRANSITIONS

Online: See the complete list from the Economist magazine ranking states against other countries based on health, education and wealth of their citizens.

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STATELINE

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IN BRIEF: FOSTER CARE

Five things lawmakers need to know.

Online: Learn more about state legislative strategies for the safe reduction for children in foster care, prevention programs and strategies, legislation related to the Fostering Connections Act, and here’s NCSL’s monthly child welfare newsletter.

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IN BRIEF: TEACHER CERTIFICATION

Another tool for school reform.

Online: Teachers and principals talk about how national board certification has helpd them in efforts to turn around low-performing schools.

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