State Legislatures

VOLUME 36, No. 9 | October/November 2010

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BURIED BY BAD NEWS?
By Tim Storey
Signs point to large GOP gains in legislative chambers. But the question remains: How far might the Democrats fall?

Online: NCSL's new StateVote website offers a look at how the 2010 election is shaping up and
will provide Election Night coverage of state legislative races and ballot measures around the nation.

Video: NCSL's elections expert, Tim Story, dissects the upcoming election.

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MEASURE FOR MEASURE
By Jennie Drage Bowser
A sour economy keeps down the number of ballot initiatives on this year’s ballot.

Online: At NCSL’s Prop*50, Jennie Drage Bowser keeps you up to date on all the news about
 ballot measures around the nation.

Video: Jennie Drage Bowser discusses the measures facing voters on Nov. 2

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TAKING THE INITIATIVE
By Jennie Drage Bowser
A pilot project in Oregon would make the ballot a tool for civic education.

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HEALTH REFORM: FACING THE FUTURE
By Rachel Brand
Setting up health insurance exchanges is one of the big, early tasks for lawmakers under the new federal health reform law.

Online: Learn more about the challenges facing states under federal health care reform at NCSL's health reform impementation homepage.

Online: The former head of Massachusetts’ health insurance exchanges talks about lessons learned in that state.

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GUNS AND MONEY
By David Savage
U.S. Supreme Court decisions on campaign spending and gun control will affect state laws.

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ON BEHALF OF STAFF
By Brian Weberg
Human resources departments have sprung up in legislatures in the past decade, but they need the support of leaders to be truly effective.

Online: See additiional NCSL material on human resources issues. 

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OVERWHELMED BY AUTISM
By Jennifer B. Saunders
A dramatic increase in diagnoses and the soaring cost of care have lawmakers debating the state’s role.

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THE GOLD STANDARD
By Karen Hansen
Michigan’s Gary Olson is the recipient of one of the most prestigious awards for fiscal professionals.

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STATESTATS

Online: Learn more about immunizations in this report, "Adult Immunization: Shots to Save Lives."

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TRENDS AND TRANSITIONS

Online: See a list of the top three dozen nations ranked by the percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds with an associate degree or higher.

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