Table of Contents | February 2015

2/1/2015

VOLUME 41, No. 2

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Features

Cover of February 2015 State LegislaturesmagazineSUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY
By Erica Michel and Mandy Rafool
Strong revenues brighten state fiscal forecasts, although some worry tax relief and sluggish growth could dampen the party.

AN OLD-FASHIONED PRICE PLUNGE
By Arturo Perez
What does the dramatic drop in oil prices mean for state budgets?

THE GIFT
By Peggy Kerns and Natalie O'Donnell Wood
In an effort to show they mean business when it comes to ethics, legislatures continue to shore up laws that ban gifts from lobbyists.

TEAM PLAYER
By Louis Jacobson
These 10 tips can help boost the success rate of sports stadium built with taxpayers’ money

HITTING THE OPEN ROAD
By Douglas Shinkle
The debate over requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets revs up once again.

HELPING THE HELPERS
By Julia C. Martinez
New state laws support millions of Americans who minister to aging relatives and form the backbone of the nation’s long-term care system.

ON RECORD
Q & A with Sari de la Motte, an expert in nonverbal communicatio.n

THE FINAL WORD
NCSL Staff Chair Peggy Piety, Indiana senior staff attorney, discusses her challenges, priorities, inspiration and hidden talent.

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