Table of Contents | State Legislatures Magazine | July/August 2016

7/20/2016

VOLUME 42, No. 7

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FEATURES

July/August 2016 State Legislatures coverWHAT GREAT LEADERS DO
By Tim Storey
Good leaders have an abundance of skills. Great leaders have mastered these 10. 

BUDGET CHAOS
By Elaine S. Povich
As Rancor between governors and legislatures causes record-breaking budget impasses in Illinois and Pennsylvania.

BUDGETING FOR REULTS
By Allison Hiltz and Luke Martel
Results First budgeting approach helps lawmakers decide which programs are worth funding based on the facts.

TALES FROM THE TOP
By Katie Fischer Ziegler
Women share their insight and advice on leading legislative bodies.

LEAN ON ME
By Ian K. Kullgren
Two Oregon lawmakers put partisan politics aside to battle a serious disease together.

CONNECTING REMOTELY
By Pam Greenberg
Technology is letting constituents who live far from the capitol testify at legislative hearings.

EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT REDISTRICTING*
By Wendy Underhill
*But didn’t know who to ask. Elections experts tackle the most frequently asked questions.

BIRTH OF LIBERTY
By Mark Wolf
Q&A with historian and author Dan Jones about the significance of the Magna Carta.

DEPARTMENTS

SHORT TAKES ON NCSL NEWS

The Women’s Legislative Network recognizes four women making a mark in their legislatures ★ NCSL’s recent efforts to fight federal pre-emption of state actions ★ Staff analysts and researchers quoted in the news

STATESTATS

The State of the Staffs: The total number of permanent, year-round legislative staff, which climbed sharply through the 1980s, topped out in the mid-’90s and began a slow retreat that continues today. 

NEWSMAKERS | WHAT LAWMAKERS ARE DOING AND SAYING

Three sets of fathers and sons are on Montana’s November ballot ★ Alabama Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey was named to a list of “50 Most Influential Female Republicans” ★ Lawmakers comment on preparedness for a cyberattack and other issues

ON RECORD

Q&A with Jerry Abramson, the White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs

"Being responsive to state legislatures has been a priority."

TRENDS IN STATE POLICY NEWS

Voting for Upgrades: Some states are acting now to replace rapidly aging voting machines; others likely will be soon.

Partisan Divide Widens: The percentage of Americans who hold a variety of conservative and liberal views is declining.

Never Too Old: Financial education is not just an issue for children and students; adults struggle to manage money, too.

What’s the Legislature’s Job? A variety of internal and external factors affect the amount of legislation introduced and passed in a session.

Deadly Distractions: Lawmakers are considering the use of a new device called a Textalyzer to combat texting while driving.

STATELINE | LEGISLATIVE NEWS IN BRIEF

Translated public websites lower language barrier in Maryland ★ Tax credits help organic farmers in Hawaii ★ Images, emails and other online assets get protection in Michigan ★ Residents can now collect rainwater from their roofs in Colorado

YES, NO, MAYBE SO | ETHICS IN THE WORLD OF STATE GOVERNMENT

If you think legislative immunity means you have a get-out-of-jail-free card, you’d better read this.

WHAT STAFF KNOW

Three things information technology professionals want you to know about their role in the legislative process.

THE FINAL WORD

Meet Robin Vos, Speaker, Wisconsin Assembly

“The challenge we always face is trying to get 63 Type A personalities to have common goal.”