Table of Contents | State Legislatures Magazine | July-August 2017

7/25/2017

VOLUME 43, No. 7

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July-August 2017 State Legislatures coverTHE STATE OF FEDERALISM TODAY
By William T. Pound
With the recent changes in our nation’s capital, the state-federal relationship is once again at the center of policy debates.

50, NOT 535, STARS ON AMERICAN FLAG
NCSL led the fight for the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act now leads the fight to make it more difficult for Congress to pass the cost on to the states.

DYNAMIC TENSION: A CONVERSATION ABOUT FEDERALISM
Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and North Carolina Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue share their thoughts on the state-federal relationship.

POLARIZED, NOT PARALYZED
By Karl Kurtz
It’s possible to negotiate policy agreements despite being ideologically divided. Just look at state legislatures.

POWER OF PLACE
By Karl Kurtz
Does the seating arrangement of a  state legislative chamber play a role in its effectiveness?

CIVILITY
By Angela Andrews
What will it take to rebuild the respectful tone once common in state capitols?

WHY I LOVE THE LEGISLATURE
By Megan McClure
Legislative staffers from around the country describe what drew them to the statehouse.

A TALE OF TWO RECOVERIES
By Katie Quinn
The states have not experienced the same slow but steady growth the national economy continues to enjoy.

WALKING THE LINE
By Matt Domboski and Wendy Underhill
A decade’s worth of redistricting cases offer lawmakers a little clarity with a lot of uncertainty.

DEPARTMENTS

SHORT TAKES ON NCSL NEWS
Connections, support, expertise and ideas from NCSL, with updates on NCSL’s recent advocacy in Washington, D.C.; testimony in Nevada and Pennsylvania; and meetings on occupational licensing, working families and health care scope of practice.

STATESTATS
There’s Gold in Them Slogans: In addition to luring money-spending visitors, tourism slogans help generate revenue and reveal something of a state’s culture.

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. 

TRENDS IN STATE POLICY NEWS
The latest on ranked-choice voting, women in public- and private-sector leadership roles, regulating body art, and suicide prevention.

STATELINE | LEGISLATIVE NEWS IN BRIEF
A brew-haha over cold beer; toward gender parity in the U.S. Virgin Islands; the decline of choice in legislative races; lawmakers make statement on climate change.

WHAT STAFF KNOW
5 Things Legislative Communicators Want You to Know:
These team players write, take photos, use social media and speak for their legislators.

YES, NO, MAYBE SO | ETHICS 101
What Are State Legislatures Doing to Restore Trust in Government? With public trust decreasing, lawmakers are introducing bills addressing conflicts of interest, outside income, financial disclosure and other issues.

THE FINAL WORD
Meet Massachusetts’ leaders: House Speaker ROBERT A. DELEO and Senate President STANLEY C. ROSENBERG. Their state plays host to this year's annual Legislative Summit. Why should you attend?

“It’s a tremendous opportunity for folks from all over the country to get together,
compare notes and share ideas.” 
—DeLeo

“It’s an opportunity to hear how different regions of the country are dealing
with the same problems you’re dealing with.” 
—Rosenberger