VOLUME 42, No. 5
By Dan Shea
New technologies are keeping the lights on when disasters strike the electrical grid.
TAKING THE BITE OUT OF ZIKA
By Tahra Johnson
State public health agencies face yet another threat with the Zika virus.
By Kevin Pula and Ben Husch
The federal FAST Act might help states find more sustainable transportation revenue.
A conversation about energy security with journalist and author Ted Koppel
SHORT TAKES ON NCSL NEWS
NCSL visits Arkansas and Kansas ★ New webinars on agriculture, energy, environment and transportation policy ★ Staff analysts and researchers quoted in the news
In 2015, gun sales were up, federal background checks numbered a record 23 million and lawmakers considered legislation on concealed and campus carry.
NEWSMAKERS | WHAT LAWMAKERS ARE DOING AND SAYING
Minnesota says goodbye to long-serving legislative leader Martin Olav Sabo ★ California has a new speaker, but Tennessee's lieutenant governor and Wyoming's speaker decline to seek re-election ★ Lawmakers comment on “morality legislation,” charter schools and other issues
TRENDS IN STATE POLICY NEWS
By the Numbers: Led by motor vehicle and parts dealers, most retailers have moved to the fast lane.
Highs and Lows of Speed Limits: Highway speed limits are going up in some states and coming down in others.
How Green Is Green? States considering whether to legalize marijuana don’t often think about electricity use.
More Than Just Hot Air: Not all automobile air bags are created equally.
A World of Comparison: What country’s GDP matches your state’s?
A Leak in Tax Shelters? Several stats are reining in corporations headquartered in foreign havens.
STATELINE | LEGISLATIVE NEWS IN BRIEF
New Englanders consider a move to the Atlantic Time Zone ★ Next-generation emergency phone service, aka NG911, in Illinois ★ What color can Colorado hunters now wear? ★ Making the law more gender-neutral in Indiana
YES, NO, MAYBE SO | ETHICS IN THE WORLD OF STATE GOVERNMENT
Big Ethics versus little ethics
THE FINAL WORD
Meet Jonathan Perry, Senator, Louisiana
“I’m a storyteller with a lot of humor mixed in and a big punch line at the end.”