VOLUME 42, No. 10
By Tim Storey
Legislatures cruised through the anything but ho-hum election largely unchanged.
By Wendy Underhill
Voters took on the role of policymakers for a slew of issues, from capital punishment to taxes.
3 THINGS LAWMAKERS CAN DO NOW FOR OUR YOUNGEST LEARNERS
By Matthew Weyer
It's never too early to start teaching a child.
SCRAMBLING TO EXPAND GAMBLING
By Jackson Brainerd
States are betting on gaming to score a revenue windfall.
CASES WORTH WATCHING
By Lisa Soronen
Several upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases will have an impact on states.
SHORT TAKES ON NCSL NEWS
A photo-rich round-up of the professional development seminars held this fall by NCSL’s nine staff associations ★ NCSL staff analysts and researchers quoted in the news
Declines, disparities in teen births
NEWSMAKERS | WHAT LAWMAKERS ARE DOING AND SAYING
November’s election yielded several legislative milestones: Affie Ellis is the first Native American woman elected to the Wyoming Legislature; Ilhan Omar, who won a seat in the Minnesota House, is the nation’s first Somali-American lawmaker; and Wisconsin Senator Fred Risser’s re-election means the 89-year-old is the nation’s longest serving legislator.
TRENDS IN STATE POLICY NEWS
- Opened and Closed: With the election behind them, lawmakers will continue discussing financial disclosure requirements.
- Fracas Over Fakes: Recent shooting deaths by law enforcement officers of people holding imitation firearms has prompted states to consider new regulations of look-alike guns.
- Overtime Overview: States are pushing back against the Labor Department’s new overtime rules—which are now on hold.
- Nuclear Gets Zero Credit: Pro-nuclear lawmakers are looking at zero-emissions credits as a way to encourage construction of new plants.
STATELINE | LEGISLATIVE NEWS IN BRIEF
Taming Ohio’s zombie foreclosures; celebrating representative democracy in Virginia; sending D.C.’s young learners into the world; and sticking up for Georgia’s shelter pups
10 BOOKS EVERY LEGISLATOR SHOULD READ: From high-minded to hilarious, our unranked list has something for lawmakers of every stripe.
YES, NO, MAYBE SO | ETHICS IN THE WORLD OF STATE GOVERNMENT
This month’s ethics question: What do you do when the spirit and the letter of the law are in conflict?
THE FINAL WORD
Meet Brian Bosma, speaker, Indiana House
“Integrity is the very core of leadership.”