State Legislatures

VOLUME 36, No. 5 | May 2010

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HEALTH CARE: FEDS FIGHT, STATES ACT
By Rachel Brand
Lawmakers were experimenting with ways to rein in costs and expand coverage long before passage of federal health legislation.

Online: Read more about what state leaders have to say about the challenges of health care in their states.

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BIRD'S EYE VIEW
By Ed Sealover
GIS technology is giving policymakers a new perspective.

Online: Rich Leadbeater of ESRI discusses how GIS is used in state government.

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KEEPING IT WILD
By Melissa Savage and Douglas Shinkle
Preserving wildlife and habitat while allowing development and outdoor recreation is a tough balancing act.

Online: A Q and A with Ron Regan, executive director of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. 

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COASTAL CONCERNS
By Valsin Marmillion and Michael Segner
Gulf Coast lawmakers say federal barriers are slowing recovery years after hurricanes battered the region.

Online: Louisiana Senate President Joel Chaisson discusses the challenges of coastal restoration.

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LOCAL SQUEEZE
By Alan Greenblatt
The budget pain felt by state lawmakers for the past two years has made its way to cities and counties.

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

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