Table of Contents | State Legislatures Magazine | April 2018

4/1/2018

VOLUME 44, No. 4

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April 2018 State Legislatures coverA QUESTION OF FAIRNESS
By Max Behlke
Years of work to simplify the collection of remote state sales taxes may soon pay off..

KRATOM CONCERNS
By Christine Vestal
As kratom use surges, some states enact bans.

LICENSE OVERLOAD?
By Albert Downs and Iris Hentze 
Lawmakers are questioning whether we’ve gone too far with occupational and professional licensing.

THE CASE FOR IT CONSOLIDATION
By Elizabeth Crisp
Louisiana is saving millions and better guarding against security threats by centralizing its information technology.

DEPARTMENTS

SHORT TAKES ON NCSL NEWS
Connections, insight and ideas from NCSL, with updates on a partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human services and a welcome to our new state coordinators.

TRENDS IN STATE POLICY NEWS
States ban bump fire stocks, expand access to medication-assisted addiction treatment, fine-tune the earned-income tax credit and debate concealed weapons in classrooms.

STATELINE | LEGISLATIVE NEWS IN BRIEF
Helping bullied kids move to new schools, blocking political robocalls, unleashing sports betting and more.

STATESTATS
Will Congress Update the Higher Education Act? With college costs continuing to rise, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators is working to change the financial aid system.

INNOVATIONS
Idaho lawmakers look to historical case studies and examples set by the nation’s founding fathers to find ways to collaborate, compromise and resolve conflict.

NEWSMAKERS | WHO'S MAKING NEWS UNDER THE DOMES
The latest on leadership changes in statehouses across the nation and in the territories, with quotes from lawmakers.

YES, NO, MAYBE SO
The most dangerous ethical pitfalls lawmakers face rarely are black and white. How do we identify the subtler moral questions?

THE FINAL WORD
Meet Nevada House Speaker JASON FRIERSON
“I don’t think leaders are born or made. I think leaders are realized."