Table of Contents | State Legislatures Magazine | September 2017

9/1/2017

VOLUME 43, No. 8

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September 2017 State Legislatures coverTHE NUCLEAR OPTION(S)
By Daniel Shea and Kristy Hartman
Lawmakers debate the merits of shoring up struggling nuclear power plants or leaving market forces alone.

OUR COUNTRY 'TIS OF THEE
By Megan McCLure
How much do we know about our sweet land of liberty? Shockingly little.

HEALTH CARE IN AND OUT OF PRISONS
By Samantha Scotti
Former inmates struggle if they have no health coverage after being released.

A BILL, A LAWSUIT AND ONE VERY IMPORTANT (MISSING) COMMA
By Daniel Victor
Bill drafters, take note: The absence of a serial comma in a Maine law could be costly.

DEPARTMENTS

STAFF AWARDS
2017 Legislative Staff Annual Achievement Awards:
Legislative staff recognized by their professional staff associations for excellence in service to legislatures

SHORT TAKES ON NCSL NEWS
Connections, support, expertise and ideas from NCSL

NEW OFFICERS
Meet NCSL’s president, South Dakota Senator Deb Peters, and its new staff chair, Chuck Truesdell, fiscal analyst with Kentucky’s Legislative Research Commission.

STATESTATS
Labor on! A snapshot of today’s workforce:
A map and charts showing average U.S. weekly wages, state-by-state unemployment rates and the 10 occupations expected to grow the most by 2024

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
Early childhood educators get state support, state lotteries fight jackpot fatigue, U.S. birth rates are dropping, employment on the rise in the solar energy industry and what to do if you’re pulled over by the police. 

STATELINE | LEGISLATIVE NEWS IN BRIEF
News in brief from across the country—from shielding public lands in California to studying the “textalyzer” in New York

WHAT STAFF KNOW
5 things clerks and secretaries want you to know:
Devotion to the legislature and commitment to public service are what draw these dedicated professionals to their work.

THE FINAL WORD
Meet Idaho Senate President Pro Tem BRENT HILL
Even as a kid, he was fascinated with the Constitution and politics – but he was almost too shy to run for public office.
“We are held at a higher standard because we have actually been elected by the people.”