VOLUME 43, No. 4
STATES TACKLE HEALTH CARE
By Julia C. Martinez
As Congress debates, states keep the ball rolling toward an efficient, affordable health care system.
IN PURSUIT OF JUSTICE
By Rich Williams
Lawmakers are working with sexual assault survivors to fix a criminal justice system they say is broken.
HIGHWAY SAFETY TAKES A U-TURN
By Douglas Shinkle, Anne Teigen and Amanda Essex
After a spike in traffic deaths, lawmakers are looking to improve roadway safety.
SHORT TAKES ON NCSL NEWS
Connections, support, expertise and ideas from NCSL
Stubbing Out Tobacco: Despite more than 50 years of progress in reducing America’s smoking habit, tobacco remains the nation’s leading cause of preventable death.
ETHICS 101: YES, NO, MAYBE SO
Is it a conflict of interest to maintain outside sources of income while serving in the legislature?
NEWSMAKERS | WHAT LAWMAKERS ARE DOING AND SAYING
A look at who’s making news under the domes.
TRENDS IN STATE POLICY NEWS
The latest on prescription drug costs, the earned income tax credit and motor fuel taxes.
STATELINE | LEGISLATIVE NEWS IN BRIEF
Pets get consideration in Alaska divorce settlements; Colorado high schoolers can earn “seals of biliteracy”; and Vermont’s graves could get shallower and greener.
NCSL IN D.C. | STATES' VOICE IN THE NATION'S CAPITOL
This could be the year for the Marketplace Fairness Act -- if the Supreme Court reverses a ruling that prevents states from requiring sales-tax collections from businesses that don’t have physical presences in the states.
WHAT STAFF KNOW
3 things legislative research librarians want you to know
THE FINAL WORD
Meet Crisanta Duran, the first Latina speaker of the Colorado House.
"The more inclusive government is, the more likely we're going to get the best policies."