Capitol Ideas

Capitol Ideas is a periodic listing of story ideas and background information from new NCSL research. For more information, contact NCSL's Press Team.

Indiana Works to Prevent Human Trafficking During Super Bowl XLVI

Hundreds of thousands of people will flock to Indianapolis, Ind. to enjoy the amenities and festivities associated with Super Bowl XLVI. But as law enforcement officials know, events like the Super Bowl often attract criminal activity, including human trafficking. This concern prompted Indiana lawmakers to introduce legislation aimed at cracking down on human trafficking. Proponents hope SB 4 will become law before the big game on February 5. More


President Calls on States to Raise Dropout Age to 18 in State of the Union

Twenty-one states and Washington, D.C., already require school attendance for all children 18 and under, but it remains a hot topic for other state lawmakers. In 2011, at least six states—Alaska, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Montana and Rhode Island—considered legislation to raise the “dropout” age to 18, although only Rhode Island did so. More


State Legislatures Take Websites Mobile

In an era of iPads and Androids, state legislatures are going mobile. At least 16 states have made their legislatures’ websites accessible on mobile devices. In addition, several other states have developed mobile apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The mobile shift offers the public more opportunities to connect with lawmakers and participate in state government. More


Legislative Update: The Future of Environmental Health Funding

States facing budget shortfalls are forcing environmental agencies to do more with less. In 2011, 40 states enacted 131 environmental laws ranging from toxic chemicals to bedbugs. More