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First Appearance | March 2024

March 28, 2024

Road to Reform: State Approaches to Addressing Driver’s License Suspensions

Efforts are underway in at least half the states to assist individuals who have had their licenses suspended due to not paying fines or fees or for failing to appear in court. One approach used by states to address suspensions is to limit the suspensions solely to violations related to dangerous driving. 

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Enhancing Law Enforcement Safety and Well-being

States have increasingly enacted legislation to enhance officer safety and well-being. New protections for officers include peer counseling and support networks, mental health screenings, education and workers' compensation benefits.

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Related: Legislative responses for policing state bill tracking database

Automatic and/or Automated Criminal Record Clearing

Every state has a procedure that allows some people with criminal records to clear them by petitioning a judge or court. NCSL’s new database has information on states that have an automatic record clearing process in statute, including general eligibility requirements and the process by which the automatic record clearing process occurs.

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New Pretrial Legislation Tracking

NCSL’s Pretrial Legislation Database has preliminary 2024 enactments now available with more newly enacted bills being added regularly.

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Related: NCSL Pretrial Release Toolkit

Upcoming NCSL State-Federal Briefings for Legislators and Legislative Staff

Juvenile Justice State/Federal Update

April 12 | 2 p.m. ET

Learn more about the requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) and the state legislative role in complying with it. Hear how state lawmakers can take an active role in working with state advisory groups and how these partnerships can lead to a better juvenile justice system.

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May 10 | 3 p.m. ET

NCSL closely tracks U.S. Supreme Court cases with significant state impact. Join us for a briefing on the most impactful cases, including federal agency authority, redistricting, elected officials’ use of social media and firearms possession.

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