NCSL LegisBrief

Trends and Incentives in Workforce Development

With more than a million jobs going unfilled in 2019, workforce development is on many legislative agendas. Policies designed to align the skills of employees with national market trends and local business needs are popular among state policymakers.


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Postsecondary Legislation

NCSL works to bring you up to date, real-time information about postsecondary bills that have been introduced in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.



Safe and Reliable Pipelines

The nation’s transportation infrastructure for natural gas and hazardous liquids is comprised of a vast network of interconnected pipelines and more. This report discusses how state legislatures are positioned to take steps that can help reduce the risks associated with pipelines.


Voting Outside the Polling Place

Most states offer at least one method for any eligible voter to cast a ballot before election day. While some states provide early in-person voting, this webpage addresses absentee voting and all-mail voting.




 No excuse absentee/mail ballot voting

 All-mail elections
*Rhode Island lists a number of excuses to vote absentee, including "no specific reason necessary."


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Our American States

The “Our American States” podcast is where you hear compelling conversations that tell the story of America’s state legislatures, the people in them, the politics that compel them, and the important work of democracy.



Infrastructure Issue

Urgent infrastructure needs are straining public resources. This month, the magazine examines the policies, planning frameworks and new funding approaches states are using to improve infrastructure systems in four vital areas.



Behind the Scenes of NCSL's 'Building Democracy' Podcast Series

Join NCSL staffers and "Building Democracy" hosts John Mahoney and Megan McClure along with a roster of expert guests as they explore this history—the good and the bad—and how the first meeting of these colonial representatives was the starting point in the story of America’s state legislatures.