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.

NCSL to Congress:  Leave Online Gambling Decisions to the States

In a letter to congressional leaders, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) urged Congress not to preempt the states, and leave any decision on online gambling to the states. More

States Propose Requiring Drug Testing for Public Assistance

At least 23 states have pending proposals to require drug testing or screening for public assistance applicants or recipients. More

As Gas Prices Rise, a Look at State Motor Fuel Taxes

Fifteen states and Puerto Rico have state-level sales taxes on motor fuels or other taxes on fuel distributors or suppliers. Nearly all of these states dedicate some or all of those revenues to transportation—except for Hawaii, where only one county-level surcharge is used for transportation purposes. More

Registration Opens for NCSL’s 2012 Legislative Summit in Chicago

The Summit provides the perfect opportunity for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing issues facing states today. And it gives reporters story ideas, new contacts and insights into how issues in their states compare nationally. NCSL's entire meeting is free and open to credentialed reporters. More