VOLUME 44, No. 6
FROM AT-RISK YOUTH TO PRODUCTIVE ADULT
By Anne Teigen
New research and juvenile justice reforms are helping kids who commit crimes get back on the right track.
PRESSURED BY TEACHERS, STATE LAWMAKERS BOOST SCHOOL FUNDING
By Michelle Exstrom
Teachers bring the fight for better pay and resources to statehouses nationwide.
PUTTING PUBLIC PENSIONS THROUGH THEIR PACES
By Anna Petrini
States are running fiscal stress tests to gauge their funds’ exposure to risk.
Strengthening the Legislative Institution: A California program grooms a new generation of leaders by teaching kids about public service.
SHORT TAKES ON NCSL NEWS
Connections, insights and ideas from NCSL, with updates on trade talks in Québec and you’re your state liaisons can do for you.
TRENDS IN STATE POLICY NEWS
Electric vehicle fees on the rise, new law changes foster care, states form technology caucuses and big data makes big spending decisions easier.
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.
STATELINE | LEGISLATIVE NEWS IN BRIEF
News bites from across the country—from snipping licensing requirements for florists in Louisiana to tamping down teen tanning in Rhode Island
Drug Abuse and Child Welfare: New research shows a positive correlation between prescription opioid sales and foster care caseloads.
YES, NO, MAYBE SO
This month’s ethics question: Why do good people do unethical things?
THE FINAL WORD
Meet Maine House Speaker SARA GIDEON
“What I strive for is for the legislature to be a place where it feels like something anybody can do.”