State Legislatures

VOLUME 37, No. 8 | September 2011

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WELCOME TO THE TEA PARTY
By Louis Jacobson
Gauging the effect of the movement on the 2011 legislative sessions is a little like reading tea leaves.

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DELAYED AT THE GATE
By Jaime Rall
States have been waiting for comprehensive federal aviation legislation for four long years.

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CHARTER CHOICE
By Suzanne Weiss
Lawmakers are taking steps to ensure charter schools continue to grow at a robust pace.

Online: Read more about steps states are taking to deal with charter school authorizations.

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BANG FOR THE BUCK
By Richard Williams
Knowing which policies provide the best financial return is a powerful tool for lawmakers.

Online: Shay Bilchik of Georgetown University discusses efforts at juvenile justice reform.

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IN BRIEF: GULF COAST UPDATE
By Melissa Savage
Shoring up an eroding coast.

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THEN AND NOW

Find out where our statehouse photo comes from this month.

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STATESTATS

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TRENDS AND TRANSITIONS

Online: States continued to make significant changes in their pensions this session. NCSL closely tracks legislation to change retirement plans.

Online: Find out more about steps states have taken to fund early childhood programs in the past three fiscal years.

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STATELINE

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PEOPLE

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SOUNDBITES

Online: Hear more about what leaders say about the challenges they face and read past issues of Soundbites: July/August 2011; May 2011; January 2011.

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THE SL INTERVIEW: CECILE RICHARDS