Capitol Ideas

Capitol Ideas is a periodic listing of story ideas and background information from new NCSL research. This issue focuses on reports issued at NCSL's Legislative Summit in August. For more information, or to schedule an interview with an NCSL policy analyst, please contact NCSL's Press Team.

A road map for effective sentencing and corrections legislation

Sentencing and corrections are top issues for state lawmakers across the country. This new NCSL report outlines seven effective principles for reform, includes action items for legislators, and provides resources for more information.

Investing in higher education for Latinos

Latinos are the largest and fastest growing minority group in the nation, yet they have the lowest college graduation rates. Improving these rates has become an important issue for all states. As a part of this effort, NCSL has released two new briefs:


States continue to tackle immigration issues

Immigration is one of the most pressing issues facing state legislatures, and state policymakers have received little to no help from the federal government.  A new report by the NCSL’s Immigrant Policy Project  tracks immigration laws enacted between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2011, and shows that every state considered immigrant issues during its 2011 legislative session (a record of 1,592 bills and resolutions were introduced).