Table of Contents | State Legislatures | April 2016

4/1/2016

VOLUME 42, No. 4

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FEATURES

April State Legislatures coverAMERICAN EPIDEMIC: OVERDOSED ON OPIODS
By Jane Hoback
A deadly opioid epidemic sweeping the country has lawmakers working hard to find solutions.

HELPING TEENS PUT BOOKS BEFORE BABIES
By Kate Blackman
Mississippi and Arkansas are leading the country in a new effort to prevent unplanned pregnancies among young adults.

SCHOOL'S STUDENT DATA DILEMMA
By Sunny Deye
It’s a balancing act when it comes to who should be allowed to use, manage and dispose of the vast amount of student data piling up in cyberspace.

IN MEMORIAM
Nevada Senator Debbie Smith, former NCSL president

 

DEPARTMENTS

SHORT TAKES ON NCSL NEWS
NCSL staff and officers visit legislators in Colorado and Michigan and offer support for Utah’s first-ever legislative women’s caucus. Plus, skip the travelstay in the know with NCSL webinars and other e-learning opportunities.

STATESTATS
Americans are living longer but, for many, retirement savings aren’t keeping up.

ON RECORD
Q&A with presidential historian Jon Meacham, who's written recent books on Thomas Jefferson and George H.W. Bush

"Great political leaders—Thomas Jefferson, FDR, Eisenhower, Reagan—were always in tune with the cultural currents of the time."

NEWSMAKERS | WHAT LAWMAKERS ARE DOING AND SAYING
Noted passings: Representative Max Gruenberg in Alaska and Senator Gil Kahele in Hawaii ● Alaska Dems lose ground in the Senate ● Arizona Senator Andy Biggs makes a run for Congress.

TRENDS IN STATE POLICY NEWS

Closing the Door on Solitary Confinement: The use of solitary confinement of juveniles is being reassessed, as questions about its dangers grow.

REAL ID Gets Real: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released an updated timeline earlier this year for the final phase of REAL ID.

Which States Best Typify the U.S.? A new study compares statistics from each of the states with the entire U.S. in five categories.

States Act on Remote Sales Tax: Frustrated by Congress’ unwillingness to act on remote sales tax collection, a group of lawmakers, with support from NCSL, is encouraging states to act on their own.

STATELINE | LEGISLATIVE NEWS IN BRIEF
Michigan bans straight-party voting ● Many states keep Iran sanctions alive ● North Carolina enacts ag-gag law ● Star Wars actor Mark Hamill takes on fake memorabilia.

YES, NO, MAYBE SO | ETHICS IN THE WORLD OF STATE GOVERNMENT
What do you do when the law is silent? Two scenarios will test your legislative ethics IQ.

THE FINAL WORD

Meet Chuck Williams, chief deputy sergeant-at-arms, South Carolina Senate, a military chaplain who served two tours in Afghanistan

“I love the fact that I get to be an ambassador for not only the South Carolina Senate, but for our state.”