Table of Contents | State Legislatures Magazine | October-November 2017

10/1/2017

VOLUME 43, No. 9

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October-November 2017 State Legislatures coverAUTOMATION NATION
By Olivia Berlin
Will advances in technology put people out of work or give them new purpose?

REBOOTING THE MANUFACTURING WORKFORCE
By Savannah Gilmore
There are plenty of jobs available, but are there enough skilled workers to fill them?.

THE POLITICALLY PERILOUS PAY PROBLEM
By John Mahoney
Legislators in states with independent salary commissions have seen their pay stay on par with—or even ahead of—inflation.

PROTECTING STUDENT ATHLETES
By Michael Ollove
Are states doing enough to protect student athletes from heat and head injuries?

AYE FOR MODERNIZING VOTING
By Wendy Underhill and Amanda Buchanan
As lawmakers look for ways to improve elections, they’re looking at technology—even if they don’t know it.

DEPARTMENTS

SHORT TAKES ON NCSL NEWS
News from inside NCSL, with highlights from the 2017 Legislative Summit in Boston, including the induction of NCSL’s new president, Senator Deb Peters of South Dakota.

STATESTATS
State legislatures can play an important role in ensuring that military veterans and their families receive the resources they need to make a transition to civilian life.

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 NCSL research on energy-efficiency legislation and the tobacco sales age climbing to 21.

STATELINE | LEGISLATIVE NEWS IN BRIEF
News in brief from across the country—from shielding California's public lands to making Michigan's Capitol green

ON RECORD
Q&A with Doris Kearns Goodwin, author and historian
"Leadership is more important now than ever before."

THE FINAL WORD
Meet Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger
"People are start to understand they get a lot more done at the state level than they ever realized."