State Legislatures

VOLUME 39, No. 1 | January 2013

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STATE BUDGETS: STRUGGLING TO GROW
By Christopher Thornberg
With few promising signs on the horizon, lawmakers face another year full of difficult decisions.

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

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TOP ISSUES OF 2013
By Mark Wolf
As sessions begin, lawmakers may find some solace in knowing they face several common challenges.

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HIGH-YIELD CORRECTIONS
By Donna Lyons
States are reshaping policies to save money and maintain public safety with “justice reinvestment” reforms.

Online: Read a LegisBrief on justice reinvestment.

Online: Watch a webinar on justice reinvestment.

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SHRINKING PRISONS
By Alison Lawrence
States are consolidating and closing prisons as reforms and budget cuts decrease inmate populations.

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POMP, CIRCUMSTANCE AND ARMS
By Morgan Cullen
The post of sergeant-at-arms has a rich tradition and a vital modern role.

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READY, SET, PAN
By Steven Walters
As newspapers close their capitol bureaus, the value of public affairs networks increases.

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THEN AND NOW

Find out where our statehouse photo comes from this month.

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STATESTATS

Online: Check out a list of full- and part-time legislatures.

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TRENDS AND TRANSITIONS

Online: See a list of former state legislators now in Congress.

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STATELINE

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PEOPLE