Table of Contents | State Legislatures Magazine | February 2018

2/1/2018

VOLUME 44, No. 2

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February 2018 State Legislatures coverPLUGGED INTO SOLAR
By Megan Cleveland and Jocelyn Durkay
New solar energy developments are fueling local economies and providing jobs for thousands.

THE TIPPING POINT
By Jackson Brainerd
Millions work for less than the minimum wage, but tips make up the difference for many.

DEPARTMENTS

MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR WILLIAM T. POUND
Americans are looking more and more to the states to solve problems and NCSL is here to help.

SHORT TAKES ON NCSL NEWS
Connections, insight and ideas from NCSL, with updates on our annual Capitol Forum, the Young and New Professionals program and recently published reports. 

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.

INNOVATIONS
Strengthening the legislative institution: Maine keeps legislative staff engaged in their work through an aspiring leaders program.

TRENDS IN STATE POLICY NEWS
States benefit from the VW emissions settlement, task forces update elections technology, legislatures strengthen sexual harassment training and U.S. teachers’ pay comes up short.

STATELINE | LEGISLATIVE NEWS IN BRIEF
A mostly lighthearted look at news from legislatures across the country–from a friendly operating-room encounter in Arizona to a ban on drunken droning in New Jersey. 

OFF THE SHELF
Reviews of recent books by legislators: “Capitol Letters,” by Mitch Greenlick; “The Freedom of the Ignored,” by Bill O’Neill; and “Who Is Driving the Bus?” by Diana S. Urban

TOOLBOX
Albo's Rules

Former Virginia Delegate Dave Albo distills almost a quarter century of legislative life into 11 rules you can use to make your state the best place in America!

STATESTATS
Rural America Still Seeking Recovery

Economically, small-town America remains miles behind urban areas.

YES, NO, MAYBE SO
This month's ethics question: When should a legslator use a blind trust?

THE FINAL WORD
Meet Illinois Senate President John Cullerton
"I look upon my caucus as a family. I'm sort of like the oldest sibling."