VOLUME 44, No. 9
ELECTION 2018: MIDTERM ANALYSIS
By Tim Storey and Wendy Underhill
Republicans still control most of the nation’s legislative seats, but the gap between the parties narrowed considerably.
ELECTION 2018: VOTERS MAKE POLICY
By Patrick Potyondy
Citizens had their say on more than 150 ballot measures that could transform their states.
ELECTION 2018: WOMEN RAN, WOMEN WON
By Katie Ziegler
As sessions begin in 2019, a record number of women will occupy seats in statehouses.
DATA PRIVACY: CALIFORNIA GETS TOUGH
By Rich Ehisen
Golden State wields ‘stick’ with tough new regulations. Ohio takes ‘carrot’ approach.
IT'S 5G TIME
By Danielle Dean
States press ahead with deployment even as the FCC raises a regulatory hurdle.
LEGISLATIVE STAFF WEEK
During the second week of December, NCSL celebrates the contributions and hard work of legislative staffers nationwide. We encourage each one of you to get involved in NCSL. This is your organization!
Staff Chair's Welcome
By John Heining
Toolbox | As Simple As ABC
By Curt Stedron
Reorient your to-do list to unlock your productivity potential.
A Family Thing
By Holly South
Not many dads and daughters share a love of parliamentary prodecure like Butch and Morgan Speer.
Staff Profiles: Why I Love the Legislature
By Holly South and Pam Greenberg
Legislative staffers tell us why they feel at home in the statehouse.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
This three-part package examines the ways policymakers are helping people avoid involvement with the criminal justice system, if possible; rerouting those who get caught up in it but don’t belong; and ensuring those already involved don't get in even deeper.
By Amber Widgery
New criminal justice reforms are rerouting people who don’t belong in the system.
POLICE, POLICY, PEOPLE
By Amanda Essex
Police departments and lawmakers are striving to create safer communities.
PUT UP OR STAY PUT
By Rebercca Pirius
The ability to post bail plays a big role in deciding who stays in jail and who goes free.
A GAMBLE ON SPORTS
By Jackson Brainerd
States looking to close budget gaps with sports-betting revenue may be disappointed.
TRENDS IN STATE POLICY NEWS
Natural disaster mitigation; retail gift cards and drug overdoses; minorities and America’s demographic future; marijuana-impaired driving; rethinking daylight saving time.
STATELINE | LEGISLATIVE NEWS IN BRIEF
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act gets reinterpreted; California bans plastic drinking straws; ease of voting varies by state; loosening licensing restrictions for athletic trainers and horse massagers.
Ups and Downs of Revenue Recovery: Revenue volatility is greatest in states that depend heavily on severance taxes; it’s less a factor in states relying on corporate income taxes. These charts and map show revenue volatility nationwide.
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 | ETHICS 101
This month’s ethics question: What about that second job? They’re necessary for many legislators but are not without risk. The challenge for states is to prevent conflicts of interest between public duties and personal interests.
THE FINAL WORD
Meet Iowa Senate Majority Leader JACK WHITVER
"Being a small-business owner who has to work in this business environment gives you a different perspective when you're at the capitol trying to make laws."