NCSL in the News | December 2015

12/1/2015

Dec. 30

Online voter registration is coming to NM
Albuquerque Journal
Online voter registration has surged in popularity in recent years and is already available in 26 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. New Mexico is one of three additional states – Oklahoma and Florida are the others – implementing such a system.

Virginia GOP Rule Trump Calls a 'Suicidal Mistake' Is Not so ...
TheBlaze.com
“In some states, such as Alaska, political parties may decide for themselves whether to permit voters who are unaffiliated or are members of another party to participate in their primary,” according the NCSL. 

Minimum wage set to increase
MyTechBits
Ultimately, raising the minimum wage is about equality. That represents the highest scheduled increase of any U.S. state, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Wage hike will lift families, won't cost jobs
The Indian Republic
CT will be one of 14 states that will begin the year with a higher minimum wage, according to the National Conference Of State Legislatures.

William and Mary digest
Virginia Gazette
Manna, the Isabelle and Jerome E. Hyman Distinguished University Professor of Government, presented findings of the study in a webinar to members of the University Council for Educational Administration, along with staff from the National Conference of State Legislatures in December.

NBC 10 News finds loopholes in RI and MA carbon monoxide ...
Turn to 10
In fact, more than 500 people in the U.S. die each year from CO poisoning, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Kansas' governor defends state's new guns-on-campus law
The Dispatch
Kansas is among eight states that allow carrying a concealed weapon on a college campus, according to a National Conference of State Legislatures database. 

Dec. 29

Drug companies spend millions to fight price cap laws
Washington Examiner
About 11 state legislatures considered bills in 2015 to force drug makers and insurers to be more transparent about drug costs. But none of the bills became law, according to data as of Dec. 2 from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Minimum Wages To Increase In 14 States By New Year's Day
International Business Times
Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia — have minimum wages higher than the federal pay floor, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

POLITICO Massachusetts Playbook: Season's 1st WINTER STORM 
Politico
That represents the highest scheduled increase of any U.S. state, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.”

Texas police say they'll take new open carry law in stride
Seating Chair
Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin already have either laws or court rulings allowing the carrying of concealed weapons on some campuses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Scoppe: Why we should celebrate the end of the Amazon tax exemption
The State
That doesn’t count the $1 billion in taxes that a now-six-year-old study said we don’t collect on services considered “feasible” to tax. It also doesn’t count the $250 million a year that a 2014 National Conference of State Legislatures report said we’re losing in all of those taxes on Internet purchases that federal law makes it nearly impossible to collect.

Raw milk's growth expands WSDA's workload
Capital Press
Washington is one of 12 states, which also include Idaho and California, that allow raw milk to be sold in retail stores, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Some 19 other states, including Oregon, allow raw milk to be sold directly to consumers, such as at dairies or farmers’ markets.

Women lack representation in state
Oxford Eagle
The National Conference of State Legislatures and the Pew Center conducted a national study called “Who We Elect” that looked at legislative demographics including generation, gender, education, occupation, ethnicity and religion across the nation.

Millennial Elected Officials: Why so few?
Red Alert Politics 
A new survey from Pew’s Stateline and the National Conference of State Legislatures shows millennials make up just 5 percent of the nation’s state legislators — while accounting for more than 30 percent of the total population.

Dec. 28

TSA Moves Closer to Rejecting Some State Driver's Licenses for Travel
New York Times
But some states have bitterly opposed these requirements out of privacy concerns, and more than a dozen have passed laws barring their motor vehicle departments from complying with the law, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The new standards require more stringent proof of identity and will eventually allow users’ information to be shared more easily in a national database.
  
Salter: Women lack representation in Legislature
Jackson Clarion Ledger
The National Conference of State Legislatures and the Pew Center conducted a national study called “Who We Elect” that looked at legislative demographics including generation, gender, education, occupation, ethnicity and religion across the nation. The results are interesting.

Hispanic Chamber: Lucio to receive Golden Eagle Award
Monitor
He is co-chair of the Fine Arts Education Caucus and is a member of National Conference of State legislatures Hunger Partnership. In 2003, Senator Lucio was honored by his colleagues when they elected him President Pro Tempore of the Senate for 78th Legislature.
  
Massachusetts Minimum Wage To Increase
WAMC
The first hike to $9 came this past January. The final step is slated for Jan. 1, 2017, when the minimum wage will lock in at $11 an hour. That represents the highest scheduled increase of any U.S. state, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Women gaining ground, but men still dominate the legislature
The Daily Nonpareil
There will be just seven women in the Iowa Senate, or a 14 percent rate. This compares to the national women’s rate of 24.2 percent of all state legislators, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Legislators maintain not-so-secret civilian identities
The Columbian
The National Conference of State Legislatures, a nongovernmental organization, categorizes Washington as having a hybrid Legislature, meaning lawmakers spend more than two-thirds of a full-time job being legislators and usually still need another source of income to make a living. California, in contrast, has a full-time Legislature, paying lawmakers on average about $97,200 a year.

State Minimum Wage To Hike More For Some
Thevillagessuntimes
This year, Rhode Island and DE state legislatures raised the wage, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Women are underrepresented, lack clout, in Ohio legislature
Columbus Dispatch
Nationwide, blacks make up 13 percent of the population but hold 9 percent of the legislative seats, according to a study released this month by the National Conference of State Legislatures. 
  
Pitts files term limit legislation
Greenwood Index Journal
According to studies by the National Conference of State Legislatures, attorneys and business professionals take the largest share of seats in the South Carolina Legislature at 27 and 38 percent, respectively. 

Rain or shine, Wyoming needs a carefully planned budget
The Sheridan Press
Majority Floor Leader Rosie Berger, R-Big Horn, is serving her seventh term in the Wyoming Legislature. She served as chair of the House Appropriations Committee and is past president of the Council of State Governments – West. She serves on the executive board of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  
SC hate-crime proposal would go further than most
Bluffton Today
Of the National Conference of State Legislature’s list of states’ hate-crime laws, only Maine explicitly names the homeless among the groups covered in its hate crime law.
  
For Millennials, Government Is a Gap of Generations and ...
FlaglerLive.com
The average age of lawmakers in the 50 states is 56, putting a majority of them in the baby-boom generation, which started coming of age politically in the 1960s and ’70s, according to a new survey by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Refugees seek new start in Global Greens program
Iowa Public Television
According to the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures, the federal government spent $1.5 billion on the 70,000 refugees who entered the country in 2015.
 
The Telehealth Outlook for 2016
Lexology
As 2015 winds down, I think it is safe to say that it has been a whirlwind year in telehealth.  According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), over 200 telehealth-related bills were introduced in 42 states. 
 
The cost to taxpayers for refugees
Arkansas City Traveler
In this writing I won’t get into the discussion about if we should or should not accept the refugees, I’ll only report information published by the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) on the topic of the price tag for accepting refugees.

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid blasts Justice Antonin Scalia over ‘racist’ rhetoric
Thevillagessuntimes
The National Conference of State Legislatures states that Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Washington all bar race from being used in college admissions.

Dec. 23

Telehealth Outlook for 2016
The National Law Review
As 2015 winds down, I think it is safe to say that it has been a whirlwind year in telehealth.  According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), over 200 telehealth-related bills were introduced in 42 states.
  
Plastic ... or plastic? More communities joining the bag ban bandwagon
Daily Item
Regulating plastic bags can decrease the harmful impacts they have on oceans, rivers, lakes and the wildlife that reside in them according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Maine lottery officials cooperating with multistate Hot Lotto rigging probe

Press Herald
At least 10 states have considered shielding the identity of lottery winners, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Legislators to Pursue Dram Shop Law, Again
BethesdaMagazine.com
As of June 2013, 30 states have dram shop laws in place for licensed establishments such as restaurants, bars and liquor stores, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  
Debate emerges over different responses to threats in LA and NYC
tjcnewspaper.com
Some states have laws that specifically address threats at schools, including Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Virginia and Washington, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Dec. 22

Voting only by mail can decrease turnout. Or increase it. Wait, what?
Washington Post
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, all states will mail an absentee ballot to voters who request one. While 20 states require a reason, 27 states permit “no-excuse” absentee voting.
  
Illinois and Pa. are 170 days overdue on their budgets
WTAJ
"I've been doing this for 25 years and I can't recall ever seeing two states enter December without adopting a budget for the fiscal year," says Arturo Perez, a fiscal analyst for the National 
Conference of State Legislatures.
 
States Take the Lead in Paying for mHealth
mHealthIntelligence.com
A National Conference of State Legislatures report finds that states are advancing mHealth reimbursement through their own Medicaid programs and by requiring private payers to follow suit. But each state is following its own path.
 
Lou Cannon: Economic, Political Uncertainty the 2016 Outlook for states
Noozhawk
Since the GOP controls so many states it will necessarily be playing more defense than offense, said Tim Storey, a political analyst for the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Los Angeles schools closed after electronic threat
The Election Central
Some states have laws that specifically address threats at schools, including Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Virginia and Washington, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Election Central 

Dec. 21

Top Christian College Rejects Texas Law Allowing Guns On Campus
Huffington Post
Eight states now have provisions allowing the carrying of concealed weapons on public postsecondary campuses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks state laws. 
 
Tanning Industry May Lose Teen Customers
Bloomberg
Eleven states and Washington D.C. already ban minors from indoor tanning, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

FDA proposes indoor tanning ban for minors
Washington Examiner
As of July, 14 states ban minors from using tanning beds, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Another 27 states have laws that prohibit some minors from tanning or require a parent or guardian's permission or accompaniment.

Common Cause NY raps outside income of NY legislators
Oneida Dispatch
“It’s interesting that the National Conference of State Legislatures considers our state Legislature to already be a full time Legislature according to their analysis because most of our legislators don’t have outside income and it is their full-time job,” said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York.
 
Arizona homeless disenchanted by politics, face barriers to vote
KTAR.com
Arizona attracted national attention for its voting practices in 2013, when the Supreme Court struck down parts of Proposition 202 that required some voters to provide proof of citizenship before they register, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) website.

Advocates work to get 3 'pot' ideas on ballot
Arkansas Online
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 24 states and Washington, D.C., have laws allowing medical marijuana. Five states and Washington, D.C., also allow its recreational use.
 
Group argues for taking politics out of political mapmaking
State Journal Register 
The addition of such commissions is “a slow-growing trend,” said Wendy Underhill, the program director for elections and redistricting with the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Proposal to use independent Illinois redistricting commission brings cheers, jeers
Gridley Herald
Creation of such commissions is “a slow-growing trend,” said Wendy Underhill, program director for elections and redistricting with the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
W&M professor authors report on principals and the impact of state policy
William and Mary News 
Earlier this month, Manna - the Isabelle and Jerome E. Hyman Distinguished University Professor of Government - presented findings of the study in a webinar to members of the University Council for Educational Administration, along with staff from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

LAUSD Schools To Stay Closed In Response To Bomb Threat
FinancialSpots.com
Some states have laws that specifically address threats at schools, including Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Virginia and Washington, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Dec. 18

Online Retailers Agree to Stop Selling Realistic Toy Guns in NY
NBCNews.com
Others states with laws on the books similar to New York's include California, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Ohio and Washington, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Few 'gun-free' zones proposed for University of Texas at Arlington
McClatchy Washington Bureau
When the campus carry law goes into effect next year, Texas will be one of eight states allowing concealed weapons on college campuses, along with Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Utah may set licensing, safety rules for autocycles
Daily Herald
His proposal is modeled after a law Idaho lawmakers approved this year. At least half a dozen other states have passed autocycle laws in recent years, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  
Los Angeles schools closed by 'credible threat' of violence
TV Newsroom
Some states have laws that specifically address threats at schools, including Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Virginia and Washington, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
College faculty: Scalia's comments 'misguided'
Journal and Courier
Eight states have bans that prohibit the use of race in admissions policy: Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Washington, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Kansas regents panel advances campus concealed carry plan
Missouri Lawyers Media
Kansas is among eight states that allow carrying a concealed weapon on a college campus, according to a National Conference of State Legislatures database.
 
Common Cause NY raps outside income of NY legislators
The Daily Freeman
“It’s interesting that the National Conference of State Legislatures considers our state Legislature to already be a full time Legislature according to their analysis because most of our legislators don’t have outside income and it is their full-time job,” said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York.
 
Push for Policing Reforms Expected in Upcoming Legislative Sessions
Government Technology
“This is not an idea for those who are faint of heart,” Roberts told lawmakers at a National Conference of State Legislatures meeting last week. “It does take courage to step into this space.”
 
Threatening email to LAUSD included San Diego
Sacred Heart
Some states have laws that specifically address threats at schools, including Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Virginia and Washington, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

More than 200 telemedicine laws introduced nationwide in 2015
Healthcare Dive
A new report from the National Conference of State Legislatures found there was a total of 200 telemedicine bills introduced in all but eight states in 2015. 

Dec. 17

The daily fantasy sports industry: Regulate us
CBS News
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, bills seeking to oversee the industry have been introduced in a dozen or so states over the past few months.
 
School threats prompt proposals for tougher penalties
US News and World Report
Some states have laws that specifically address threats at schools, including Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Virginia and Washington, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Lawmakers call for legislation to prevent welfare dollars from being spent on lottery tickets
Press Herald
At least 37 states have passed reforms that restrict the way in which benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families can be used, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Arizona and Kansas, for example, have prohibited the use of TANF benefits on lottery tickets.
 
Next for the grid -- a national disaster recovery plan
Environment & Energy Publishing
"We subject executives -- CEOs from utilities and very senior government personnel -- to a really bleak scenario that puts many, many people in the dark for a long time and puts them [the leadership] under stress to figure out what they're going to do ... to help the nation get back on its feet as quickly as possible," said Andrew Bochman, senior cyber and energy security strategist for the Idaho National Laboratory's national and homeland security directorate, speaking to a meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures last week.
 
Feldman: Is the state Independent Ethics Commission working the Way Colorado Voters Intended
The Colorado Statesman
There is ample information available through both the Council on Government Ethics Laws, an international association of government ethics organizations, and the National Conference of State Legislatures regarding “best practices” for state and local ethics commissions. It would be valuable for IEC commissioners to attend a COGEL conference and meet with their counterparts and hear about best practices and alternative structures.
 
Camden: Eyman has $650000 head start on 2016 initiative
The Columbian
That’s from a recent survey by the National Conference of State Legislatures, which also found that the percentage of farmers, lawyers and businesspeople has gone down since 1975, while the percentage of consultants or other professionals, and those who say being a legislator is their main job, has gone up.
 
Wake Democrats target Republican control of the House
The Independent Weekly
Another piece of the Democrats' strategy in Wake, Fitzsimmons says, is finding highly qualified female candidates. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, women comprised 22 percent of Tar Heel lawmakers in 2015.
 
Cash flows freely in Albany: Laws lax on political fundraising
Poughkeepsie Journal
Nationwide, 38 states impose some sort of limits on campaign contributions to state-level politicians, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Dec. 16

U.S. High School Graduation Rate Hits Record High
NPR
On the economics front, "We knew that 63 percent of jobs in the next decade would require some postsecondary education," says Sunny Deye, who works on education policy for the National Conference of State Legislatures. "There was an understanding that the way we were preparing kids for the 21st century economy needed to change. We had to shift the paradigm from allowing some kids to drop out to recognizing that a high school diploma was now the bar."
 
As private and commercial use accelerates, drone laws are taking off 
Omaha World-Herald 
Meanwhile, 26 states have passed drone legislation since 2013, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  
State lawmakers introduced more than 200 telemedicine bills in 2015 
MobiHealthNews 
All but eight states introduced at least one bill related to telemedicine to their state legislature in 2015, according to a new report from the National Conference of State Legislatures. 
 
Bill Would Place Fee on Kentucky Electric Car Owners 
89.3 WFPL 
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 10 states collect special fees from electric vehicle owners, though the exact mechanism varies.
 
Mixed feelings on conceal carry on college campuses
Santa Fe New Mexican
The National Conference of State Legislatures reports New Mexico is one of 19 states in the U.S. that bans concealed weapons on campus.
  
As private and commercial drone use accelerates, regulatory laws are taking off
Kearney Hub
Meanwhile, 26 states have passed drone legislation since 2013, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Supreme Court Justice Claims Elite Colleges Are Too Tough For Black Students
OracleUnion.com
"Thousands of black Americans have excelled in top tier universities". White students make up less than half the school's freshmen. The National Conference of State Legislatures states that Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Washington all bar race from being used in college admissions.
 
Kansas panel to take up revised guns-on-campus policy
Kansas First News
Kansas is among eight states that allow carrying a concealed weapon on a college campus, according to a National Conference of State Legislatures database.
 
3 key policy issues related to telehealth
Becker's Hospital Review
Telemedicine policy and discussions are mounting. In 2015, 42 states introduced more than 200 telehealth-related bills, according to a report from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Dec. 15

One Way States Can Help Student Loan Borrowers
Stateline
Seven states had approved or piloted a student loan refinancing program as of November, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The U.S. Treasury Department cleared the way for more states to adopt such a program last month, when it approved the use of tax-exempt bonds for student loan refinancing.    
 
As private and commercial use accelerates, drone laws are taking off
Omaha World-Herald
Meanwhile, 26 states have passed drone legislation since 2013, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The laws address a wide variety of issues, including privacy, law enforcement use, restricted flying areas and requirements for drone operators.

Lawmaker wants to talk campus concealed weapons ban
Clovis News Journal
The National Conference of State Legislatures reports New Mexico is one of 19 states in the U.S. that bans concealed weapons on campus.

State lawmakers introduced more than 200 telemedicine bills in 2015
MobiHealthNews
All but eight states introduced at least one bill related to telemedicine to their state legislature in 2015, according to a new report from the National Conference of State Legislatures. State lawmakers floated a total of 200 bills across the country.  
 
Child identity theft legislation pre-filed in House
State-Journal.com
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures database, several neighboring states have laws allowing security freezes for minors.
 
Miss. Municipal League recognizes sales tax loss conundrum
DeSoto Times-Tribune
The National Conference of State Legislatures identifies an annual $303.4 million in uncollected Mississippi sales tax revenues. The MFA doesn’t tax the Internet. It makes goods purchased on the Internet subject to the same tax collected daily on counter sales.
  
New York to decide whether to revise state constitution
Olean Times Herald
Ten states have created new constitutions since 1964, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Georgia adopted a new document in 1983. Illinois, North Carolina and Virginia did so in the seventies.

Dec. 14

How the procedures for a modern Amendments Convention may unfold
Washington Post
Because that sort of experience is lacking today, state legislative planning groups have sprung up to prepare: the State Legislators Article V Caucus, the Assembly of State Legislatures and the Convention of States Caucus. In addition, two trade organizations of state lawmakers, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the American Legislative Exchange Council, have presented programs on convention issues.
 
Seven states to lose millions from Internet tax ban
The Hill
The National Governors Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures on Friday expressed disappointment and called on Congress “to honor state authority and preserve the revenues of those states grandfathered under the bill.”
 
State Legislatures Expanding Focus on Telehealth
Medscape
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) released a report Thursday that examines the policy issues related to telehealth and the state laws that govern the use of this technology. NCSL defines telehealth as an umbrella term for virtual visits, remote patient monitoring, mobile health applications, and online patient education. These approaches may be used in primary care and a number of other care settings.
 
Precisionistas shoot for 1 million patients by 2019
Politico
TELEMEDICINE ADVICE TO STATES: The National Conference of State Legislatures released a White Paper Thursday urging lawmakers to consider how telemedicine might fill medical gaps in their states. 

University of Texas panel recommends allowing guns in classrooms
Business Insider
Eight states now have provisions allowing the carrying of concealed weapons on public postsecondary campuses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks state laws.
 
Power in Money: Verdicts show dollars flow freely
WGRZ-TV
Nationwide, 38 states impose some sort of limits on campaign contributions to state-level politicians, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Washington notebook
Northwest Arkansas News
The National Conference of State Legislatures was holding its Capitol Forum on Tuesday through Friday.

Around Wyoming
Gillette News Record
The report from the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Pew Charitable Trusts says 13 percent of Wyoming lawmakers are women, with just one woman serving in the state Senate and 11 in the House.

Reno County lawmakers and disclosure
Hutchinson News
In various years, she has reported receiving gifts/honoraria over $500 from: Women in Government, National Conference of State Legislators, Chairman's Leadership Forum, and the Uniform Law Commission.
 
Push to shorten SC legislative session finds Senate support
The Augusta Chronicle
That makes its regular session the 13th longest among states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Salter: Mississippi sales tax loss conundrum
Jackson Clarion Ledger
The National Conference of State Legislatures identifies an annual $303.4 million in uncollected Mississippi sales tax revenues. The MFA doesn’t tax the Internet. It makes goods purchased on the Internet subject to the same tax collected daily on counter sales.

NJ proposal would legalize hemp manufacturing
The Times 
At least 20 states have passed laws establishing programs to commercialize or research hemp, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Use of Sport as a Tool for HIV/AIDS Prevention Is Developing Resilience
Voice Chronicle
33 states and the District of Columbia require students to learn about HIV/AIDS, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Region in Brief
Jackson Hole News&Guide
The report, released earlier this month by the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Pew Charitable Trusts says 13 percent of Wyoming lawmakers are women, with just one serving in the state Senate and 11 in the House. Nationally, 24 percent of state lawmakers are women.
  
Retailers just lost their best shot at getting Internet sales tax bill
Austin Business Journal
The National Governors Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures also opposed the Internet access tax ban.
 
National Conference of State Legislators outlines telemedicine barriers
FierceHealthIT
Challenges to the expansion of telemedicine include policy-related issues such as coverage and reimbursement, licensure, and safety and security, according to a recent report from the National Conference of State Legislators.
 
Here is the latest Wyoming news from The Associated Press
KULR-TV
The report from the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Pew Charitable Trusts says 13 percent of Wyoming lawmakers are women, with just one woman serving in the state Senate and 11 in the House. Nationally, 24 percent of state lawmakers are women.
 
Women underrepresented in state Legislature
Sioux Falls Argus Leader
South Dakota is not alone in having a female population that is underrepresented in the Statehouse. A National Conference of State Legislatures and Pew Charitable Trusts report earlier this month found that a quarter of the country's state legislators are women, and that number hasn't shifted in more than a decade.
 
Factcheck: Cruz attacks Rubio on refugees
TucsonSentinel.com
Section 3405 of the bill “allows individuals in the United States, with their spouses and children, to apply for conditional lawful status if they are stateless; after one year they may apply for lawful permanent residence; subject to numerical limits of the EB4 [employment based] green card,” according to a National Conference of State Legislatures analysis of the legislation.

Legislators generally more educated than constituents
The Spokesman Review
That's from a recent survey by the National Conference of State Legislatures, which also found that the percentage of farmers, lawyers and businesspersons has gone down since 1975, while the percentage  of consultants or other professionals, and those who say being a legislator is their main job, has gone up. 

Dec. 11

State Legislatures Have Fewer Farmers, Lawyers; But Higher Education Level
Stateline
The share of lawmakers who work in agriculture is half of what it was in 1976. Since then, the percentage of farmers has fallen from 9.7 to 4.6 percent, according to a new survey of the composition of the nation’s 50 state legislatures by Stateline and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
 
New report shows Wyoming lags nation in women lawmakers
Casper Star-Tribune Online
Wyoming trails only Louisiana for the smallest percentage of women in a state legislature, according to a new report from the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Pew Charitable Trusts. Only 13 percent of Wyoming lawmakers are women, with just one woman serving in the Senate.

Report: N.H. Legislature is the "Oldest" in the Country
New Hampshire Public Radio
The National Conference on State Legislatures, a group that tracks policy and other issues playing out at capitals across the country, put together a demographic profile on lawmakers in each state — looking at age, gender, ethnicity, educational status and more.
 
N.J. proposal would legalize hemp production

NorthJersey.com
At least 20 states have passed laws establishing programs to commercialize or research hemp, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Police leaders: Profiling data collection must be accurate
DesMoinesRegister.com
Thirty-one states have laws addressing racial profiling, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The most recent legislation was passed in California.
 
Another Voice: To stem the tide of corruption, New York needs a full-time State Legislature
Buffalo News
The National Conference of State Legislatures lists New York as one of three states where legislators spend more than 80 percent of their time being legislators.
 
Bill OK'd to offer immunity for reporting drug overdose
Traverse City Record-Eagle
Thirty-four states have some form of a Good Samaritan or 911 drug immunity law, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. A task force created by Snyder recently recommended immunity from prosecution for those who call 911 to report overdoses.
 
Matt Bevin appoints Democratic Rep. John Tilley to be justice leader
Lexington Herald Leader
A graduate of the University of Kentucky and Chase College of Law, Tilley is a board member for the Council of State Government’s Justice Center and co-chairs the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Law and Criminal Justice Committee.

Dec. 10

America’s Legislatures Don’t Look Much Like America
Morning Consult
The 7,382 state representatives and senators who hold office in each of the 50 states are much whiter, much older and much more male than the citizens they represent, according to a new study to be released Thursday. The survey, conducted by the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Pew Charitable Trusts, finds that whites hold a disproportionately large percentage of state legislative seats in 40 states, while minorities hold disproportionately small percentages of seats in virtually every state in the union. Women, who make up 51 percent of the population, account for only 24 percent of state legislators.
 
Uniform Social Media Privacy Proposal Due in 2016

Bloomberg BNA
Today, 23 states have a social media privacy law on the books, according to the National Conference of State Legislators. These laws vary in scope: some solely address employment or education, while some address both situations.

Supreme Court divided in University of Texas affirmative action case
CNN
Eight states currently have banned the use of race in admissions policy all together, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures: Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Washington.
 
Supreme Court again considers case involving affirmative action ...
Canonplace News
Eight states now have banned the use of race in admissions policy all together, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures: Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Washington.

Adam Putnam says he's OK with regulating fantasy sports play
Florida Politics
Now, only Montana “explicitly prohibits fantasy sports if played over the Internet,” according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. “Fantasy games are considered to be illegal in Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana and Washington (and) lawmakers in Indiana, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania have introduced legislation to allow casinos or lotteries to offer daily fantasy games.”

Medical marijuana rule-making workshop a buzzkill
SaintPetersBlog
Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized medical marijuana under state law, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, but selling marijuana is still a federal crime.

Sex Education Programs Don't Meet Federal Recommendations in ...
Education Week
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, just 22 states and the District of Columbia require public schools teach sex education (20 of which mandate sex education and HIV education), and "19 states require that if provided, sex education must be medically, factually or technically accurate. 

St. Paul teachers take steps toward strike in wake of attack by student
MinnPost
The challenge is getting them to run. … A quarter of the nation’s state legislators are women, according to a new survey of the composition of the nation’s 50 state legislatures by Stateline and the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
News roundup: What will Donald Trump do when he loses?
Salt Lake Tribune
Rep. Chris Stewart participates in a military roundtable with members of Congress, a House Intelligence Committee briefing and the Republican Study Committee meeting. Later he heads to the National Conference of State Legislatures, votes and holds constituent meetings.
 
Bill OK'd to offer immunity for reporting drug overdose
The State South Carolina's Homepage
Thirty-four states have some form of a Good Samaritan or 911 drug immunity law, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. A task force created by Snyder recently recommended immunity from prosecution for those who call 911 to report overdoses.

Dec. 9

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Texas affirmative action case
CNN
Eight states currently have banned the use of race in admissions policy all together according to the National Conference of State Legislatures: Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Washington.

The public doesn't support voter ID laws, but many new ones will be in force in 2016 
Reuters
By 2015, 13 states had adopted what the National Conference of State Legislatures considers a “strict” voter photo ID law, including seven Southern states formerly subject to federal oversight under the Voting Rights Act.

'Good Samaritan' law for overdose victims is expected in next Oklahoma legislative session
NewsOK.com
Nationwide, 34 states and the District of Columbia have enacted some type of a good Samaritan or 911 drug immunity law, according to the National Conference on State Legislatures, a bipartisan research and public policy organization.

No Pay Raise for Lawmakers, but Legislative Budget is Going Up
Utah Policy
Here is a National Conference of State Legislatures’ study of lawmaker pay in the 50 states. Utah ranks about in the middle when benefits are considered – and remains a part-time body based on how often the Utah Legislature meets and the pay of its members.

No 'tax season' break for Obamacare enrollment
TheNewsTelegraph.com 
But health spending, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, is projected to grow at an average rate of 6.2 percent annually over the 2015-21 period, reflecting the net effects of aging and newly-insured populations, and ACA implementation.
 
Bill seeks 'fair share' fee on Kentucky electric car owners to help ...
WDRB
Eight states have passed laws requiring owners of electric vehicles to pay fees, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Georgia’s $200 fee is the highest, while Colorado and Wyoming charge the lowest amounts of $50 per vehicle.

Students talk guns, safety after mass shootings
World Magazine
The National Conference of State Legislatures reports 19 states ban the carrying of concealed weapons on college campuses, while 23 states leave it up to each college or university.

NAACP pursues racial profiling ban in Iowa
Des Moines Register
Thirty-one states have laws addressing racial profiling, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, based in Denver.

EDITORIAL: Another legislative session provides chance to fix it 
Columbia Missourian 
Missouri is one of 15 states with term limits, and one of only 10 states where legislators can serve only up to eight years in a single chamber, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Our view: Better solutions than opening campuses to guns 
Joplin Globe 
Texas recently became the eighth state to allow the carrying of concealed weapons on campuses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Dec. 8

A boom in bicycle tourism
The Seattle Times
“Some states now recognize that bicycling is an attribute that cannot only make a state healthier and fitter but can also draw high-quality employers, economic growth and tourism,” said Douglas Shinkle, a transportation policy expert for the National Conference of State Legislatures, or NCSL. “The new way of thinking emphasizes looking at bicycling as a legitimate means of transportation and worthy of transportation dollars,” Shinkle said. “That’s much more the case now than 10 or 15 years ago.”
 
Morning E-Health
Politico
COMING LATER THIS WEEK: The National Conference of State Legislatures on Thursday will release a white paper on issues faced by states in telemedicine policy, including reimbursement, provider licensure, patient privacy and safety concerns.
 
States push for voting rights for felons 
Washington Examiner 
However, National Conference of State Legislatures policy analyst Daniel Diorio says there is unlikely to be as much activity this year. "States and legislators are hesitant to make changes just before an election, especially during a presidential year with so much on the line," he said.
 
Rep. Joe Atkins will debate fantasy sports legality at national conference
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, will debate the legalization of fantasy sports betting industry at the meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures in Washington, he said in a news release. 
 
'Undocuhoosiers'

Indiana Daily Student
Indiana is one of only three states, along with Arizona and Georgia, that explicitly bar undocumented students from receiving in-state tuition, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Eighteen states, including Illinois and California, have provisions that allow undocumented students to pay in-state university tuition rates.
 
FAST Act expected to pass
Tire Business
The National Governors Association (NGA) and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) released a statement Dec. 2 applauding the House-Senate conference committee for delivering the five-year reauthorization of federal highway and public transportation laws and programs.
 
Jerry Falwell Encourages Students To Get Guns To 'End Those ...
CBS Local
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures there are 19 states which ban the practice of carrying concealed weapons on college campuses.
 
Newborns Die After Going Home With Moms Fighting Drug Addiction
NBCNews.com
Although the amendment passed with almost no opposition, its impact has been limited. At the time, the National Conference of State Legislatures said that many states would need to pass new laws to meet the federal provisions. Few have.
 
Fuel-rich states face falling revenue, uncertain future
Cody Enterprise
Arturo Perez, fiscal analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver, said the global oil glut is having an impact across the world. “It’s safe to say that energy-producing states are weathering some issues with regard to revenue collections,” Perez said.
 
Mass shootings: an increasing phenomenon in the US
Recorderpost.com 
Obama recently released a plan of action for gun control, the details of which have been released in a summary by The National Conference of State Legislatures.
  
Mo. rep files bill requiring gun sales to mimic abortion restrictions
Ledger Gazette
Texas recently became the eighth state to allow the carrying of concealed weapons on campuses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Gov. Jack Markell supports slavery apology 
The News Journal 
At least six states have issued apologies for their role in slavery, according to figures from the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
$30.8M dispensed so far 
Arkansas Online 
Most states have rainy-day funds, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Should Tennessee candidates have to disclose their credit scores? 
Memphis Commercial Appeal 
The National Conference of State Legislatures, he said, advised that Tennessee would be the first state in the nation to enact such a disclosure requirement if the bill passes.

Dec. 7

States push for voting rights for felons
Washington Examiner
In the last year, 56 bills relating to felon voting rights were introduced in 20 states, all but one specifically related to making voting easier, according to the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Illinois Medical Pot Users Erroneously Told to Give Up Guns
ABC News
Like in other states, Illinois' law doesn't address gun ownership among medical marijuana patients or their caregivers, said Karmen Hanson, medical marijuana policy expert for the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Missouri lawmakers propose lifting gun ban at colleges 

Washington Times 
Texas recently became the eighth state to allow the carrying of concealed weapons on campuses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  
Opinion - Mass shootings have become part of American culture
The Daily Titan
Obama recently released a plan of action for gun control, the details of which have been released in a summary by The National Conference of State Legislatures. One key point made in this plan asks Congress to pass a $4 billion proposal to keep 15,000 police officers on the streets to help prevent gun crimes.
 
Declining prices hit energy-producing states hard 
Casper Star-Tribune Online
Arturo Perez, fiscal analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver, said the global oil glut is having an impact across the world. "It's safe to say that energy-producing states are weathering some issues with regard to revenue collections," Perez said.
 
Does a new body camera bill go far enough? 
Cincinnati.com 
California, Nevada, New Jersey, Connecticut and Washington, D.C., have since passed laws that require at least some police officers wear body cameras, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. At least 34 states have considered legislation in 2015.
 
Washington asks Supreme Court to OK Obama immigration plan 
Capital press 
Washington, California and 10 other states allow undocumented residents to have a license, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Part-time lawmakers, full-time pay? 
Indianapolis Star
The National Council of State Legislatures considers Indiana’s General Assembly a hybrid system — one in which lawmakers typically spend an average of at least 27 hours a week on legislative issues.
 
$30.8M dispensed so far 
Arkansas Online 
Most states have rainy-day funds, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The General Improvement Fund also contains funds for various projects and programs favored by lawmakers, the governor or both. Those can range from a building at a university to a substance-abuse program.
 
Javier Mabrey: Polis wrong on Syrian refugee vote 
The Daily Camera 
 The National Conference of State Legislatures outlines a vigorous, multiple-step vetting process that refugees seeking asylum face prior to arrival and resettlement in the United States. Congressman Polis has not outlined any specific problem he has with our current process.
 
Revolving cell door for violent offenders 
Albuquerque Journal 
In some states, defendants accused of domestic violence, sex offenses, stalking, violation of a protective order and other violent offenses are often presumed by law to pose a higher risk to victim and community safety, says the National Conference of State Legislatures. In Utah, defendants can be denied bail altogether if the evidence supports the charge.
 
Regulating Uber provokes ire
The Columbian
California created permitting and public safety rules for ride-hiring companies in 2013. Over half the states now have regulations in place, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

That buzz in the air? Drones of Christmas, coming to skies near you
Equities.com
"I think what we're seeing is lawmakers who are trying to strike a balance," said Douglas Shinkle, a transportation policy expert at the National Conference of State Legislatures who, with colleague Amanda Essex, tracks drone legislation. "The balance is between a technology that potentially can have a lot of private and public benefit along with some very real privacy and safety concerns."

Georgia Governor Skeptical About Cannabis Growth In State
FinancialsTrend
23 states are running cannabis programs for practical access to the drug as per the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures.

Dec. 4

Revolving Door' bill would help at least a little 
Leader-Telegram 
The National Conference of State Legislatures reported that as of 2013, more than 30 states have a waiting period — usually a year or two — before ex-lawmakers can become lobbyists. Wisconsin should join that group to at least buffer the possibility (probability?) of lawmakers cutting deals with legislative colleagues within days of — or even before — leaving office and setting up their lobbying businesses.
 
Declining prices hit energy-producing states hard
Casper Star-Tribune
Arturo Perez, fiscal analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver, said the global oil glut is having an impact across the world. "It's safe to say that energy-producing states are weathering some issues with regard to revenue collections," Perez said.
 
Mass-Shooting Gun Control Debate — Campus Edition!
Houston Press
According to the National Conference of State Legislators, 19 states do not allow students to carry concealed guns on campus and 23 states allow each university to decide. Texas is one of eight states that allow campus-carry because of state legislation or court ruling. 
 
Bill seeks to impose fee on electric car owners; would offset gas tax ...
KyForward.com
Georgia, Idaho and Wyoming enacted legislation this year requiring new fees on certain hybrid and electric vehicles, according to information from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) that was shared with the committee. Colorado, Nebraska, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington adopted fees for electric vehicles during previous legislative sessions.
 
Civil rights groups sue Alabama over voter identification law
Fox News Latino
Sixteen states in 2014 had photo identification requirements at the polls, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, although some are stricter than others.
 
Concealed carry on campus
The Inquirer
However, eight states allow carrying concealed weapons on college campuses and 23 states allow individual colleges and universities to make their own policy on this issue. Utah and Wisconsin stand alone with laws requiring colleges and universities to allow concealed carry, according to an article written by the National Conference of State Legislatures, Oct. 5.
 
Deming man files lawsuit to prevent seizure of medical marijuana at Border Patrol Checkpoints
KVIA El Paso
Take a look at which states currently allow marijuana for recreational and/or medicinal purposes, compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Legislature needs better ethics rules 
St. Cloud Times 
To reduce that temptation many states bar legislators from moving into lobbying. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there are 33 states with a “cooling off” period between leaving the Legislature and becoming a lobbyist. In eight, the restriction is for two years.

Dec. 3

Office that decides who can sue the state facing scrutiny 
Washington Times 
Vance, who leads the three-person Office of the Claims Commissioner, decides whether the state, which generally has sovereign immunity to lawsuits, should allow certain cases to go to court. Only four other states have a similar process, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

'Revolving Door' bill would help at least a little
Leader-Telegram
The National Conference of State Legislatures reported that as of 2013, more than 30 states have a waiting period — usually a year or two — before ex-lawmakers can become lobbyists. Wisconsin should join that group to at least buffer the possibility (probability?) of lawmakers cutting deals with legislative colleagues within days of — or even before — leaving office and setting up their lobbying businesses.
 
NAACP sues state of Alabama, says its voter ID law will prevent thousands from casting ballots
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Sixteen states in 2014 had photo identification requirements at the polls, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, although some are stricter than others.
 
Ask the RGJ: Will electric cars hurt Nevada road work? 
Reno Gazette Journal 
Nevada was not alone in this study. Between 2008 and 2014, at least 19 states considered 55 measures related to mileage-based fees, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Deal says no to growing medical marijuana in Georgia
The Telegraph
A total 23 states have comprehensive cannabis programs, meaning there’s some practical access to the substance, according to the nonpartisan National Conference of state Legislatures. Of those, four plus Washington, D.C. have legalized cannabis for both medicine and recreation.
 
Proposed Kentucky bill to get road taxes from electric vehicle owners
KFVS
Georgia, Idaho and Wyoming enacted legislation this year requiring new fees on certain hybrid and electric vehicles, according to information from the National Conference of State Legislatures that was shared with the committee. Colorado, Nebraska, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington adopted fees for electric vehicles during previous legislative sessions.
 
Lawmaker irked over meetings beyond regular session
vtdigger.org
Kae Warnock, of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), said Wednesday that all legislatures across the country rely on interim committees. “That is where a huge amount of work gets done,” Warnock said. NCSL classifies 16 legislatures across the country part-time. Two dozen others are considered “hybrids” of full-time and part-time. But Vermont is unusual because it is very unusual for lawmakers to convene for special sessions, Warnock said. In other states with part-time legislatures, special sessions are more common.
 
Texas state integrity almost failing
The Fort Stockton Pioneer
Texas is one of about a dozen states that permit unlimited individual campaign contributions, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 
 
States Zero in on FanDuel, DraftKings, With Eye Toward Regulation
Government Technology
“The uptick in state examination of the issue coincided with the beginning of football season when the ads became nonstop,” said Jonathan Griffin, a gambling specialist for the National Conference of State Legislatures. “I expect this [coming] year we’re going to see a significant number of states that are going to try to regulate it, which is directly related to the fact that they have become so well-known in the past months.”
 
Cannabuzz
The Portland Mercury
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 22 states have passed laws relating to hemp cultivation. Thirteen of those, including Oregon, allow commercial production of hemp. Seven states have laws that say hemp is limited to agricultural and academic research programs.
 
Security upgrade
Columbus Dispatch
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 23 other states also have installed metal detectors at the public entrances to their capitol buildings. These include Ohio’s neighboring states of Pennsylvania, Indiana and Kentucky.
 
Is it in the best interest of the Child?
Arkansas City Traveler
Nina Williams-Mbengue, with the National Conference of State Legislatures, brought many statistics showing that children being raised by other than their married, biological mother and father do worse on a host of outcomes, including “exhibit less behavioral self-control,” have “lower academic performance, lower social achievement, lower psychological adjustment,” have worse health and worse access to health care, and have more emotional and behavioral issues.

Dec. 2

Higher minimum wage part of the Edwards campaign platform, but how can he pull it off?
The Advocate
Louisiana is one of five states that doesn’t have a minimum wage, meaning it defaults to the federal government’s current $7.25 rate. According to information compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures, 29 states have set minimum wage limits higher than the federal rate.

After Conviction, Calls for Change in Albany
Wall Street Journal
No U.S. state prohibits legislators from receiving outside income, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, but rules for income disclosure vary by state. Good-government groups, including New York Public Interest Research Group and Common Cause New York, have suggested New York adopt the congressional model, which restricts outside income.
 
Seattle woman accused of altering cellphone records after fatal crash
The Seattle Times
Thirteen states now outlaw use of handheld phones, and 44 states bar sending texts, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Is it in the best interest of the Child?
Arkansas City Traveler
Nina Williams-Mbengue, with the National Conference of State Legislatures, brought many statistics showing that children being raised by other than their married, biological mother and father do worse on a host of outcomes, including “exhibit less behavioral self-control,” have “lower academic performance, lower social achievement, lower psychological adjustment,” have worse health and worse access to health care, and have more emotional and behavioral issues.

Security upgrade
Columbus Dispatch
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 23 other states also have installed metal detectors at the public entrances to their capitol buildings. These include Ohio’s neighboring states of Pennsylvania, Indiana and Kentucky.
 
Drone popularity has officials targeting new regulations
cleveland.com
More than 25 states have passed drone legislation. Mississippi made it a felony for peeing Toms to use drones; California, prompted by paparazzi, prohibited drones from take photos of people's private activities without permission, according to the National Conference of State Legislators.
 
Florida lawmakers urge consideration of enhanced penalties for ...
Bradenton Herald
All states except Montana and Arizona ban texting-while-driving in some form, but Florida is one of only a handful of states where it’s a secondary offense for all drivers, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The other states that list it as a secondary offense are Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio and South Dakota; in Virginia, it’s a secondary offense for drivers under 18 years old but a primary offense for adult drivers.
 
2016 election process underway
Terre Haute Tribune Star
Indiana is one of the 33 states (plus the District of Columbia) that permit early voting in some form, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Early voting in Indiana begins 29 days before an election and ends on the day before the election.
 
Cities, States Recognizing Bicycling's Big Economic Potential
The Huffington Post 
But the numbers are increasing. “Some states now recognize that bicycling is an attribute that cannot only make a state healthier and fitter but can also draw high-quality employers, economic growth and tourism,” said Douglas Shinkle, a transportation policy expert for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). “The new way of thinking emphasizes looking at bicycling as a legitimate means of transportation and worthy of transportation dollars,” Shinkle said. “That’s much more the case now than 10 or 15 years ago.”
 
Rice University opts out of Texas ‘campus carry’ gun law
Raw Story
Eight states now have provisions allowing the carrying of concealed weapons on public postsecondary campuses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks state laws.
 
NCSL Task Force to Take Up Taxation of Fantasy Sports 
Tax Notes 
A discussion on whether and how states should tax the $ 3.5 billion fantasy sports industry will be on the agenda for the next formal meeting of a task force of the National Conference of State Legislatures. According to the NCSL's Max Behlke, the Task Force on State and Local Taxation is still finalizing speakers for its January 8, 2016, discussion in Salt Lake City, but he said task force members will consider at least three main tax-related questions about online fantasy sports contests... 

Dec. 1

Here's how much the United States spends on refugees 
So how much does it actually cost to resettle refugees? The nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures dug through the numbers recently and found that the Office of Refugee Resettlement has $1.56 billion to spend in fiscal 2015 — up from $587 million a decade ago.
 
Lawmakers say school choice rule doesn't follow bill's aim 
As of last year, 15 states had some version of a scholarship tax credit program, which is an alternative to school voucher programs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Here's what you need to know before you fly a drone
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 45 states considered 168 bills related to drone use this year. So far, 26 states have related laws on the book.
 
Kansas campus gun policy to see changes
Stadium attendees generally go through a light screening process, with gate checkers primarily looking in purses and bags for banned items. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, K-State would have to make entering the stadium a more deliberate process, funneling fans in through fewer entrances where they can be screened with metal detectors, as the law requires.
 
How should Uber be regulated?
California created permitting and public safety rules for ride-hailing companies in 2013. Over half the states now have regulations in place, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
 
Daily Fantasy Sports Regulation, Taxation Grabs Attention Of National Conference Of State Legislatures
The daily fantasy sports industry has grabbed the attention of the National Conference of State Legislatures, raising the possibility of a more widespread and uniform approach to DFS.
 
Cities, States Recognizing Bicycling's Big Economic Potential
But the numbers are increasing. “Some states now recognize that bicycling is an attribute that cannot only make a state healthier and fitter but can also draw high-quality employers, economic growth and tourism,” said Douglas Shinkle, a transportation policy expert for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
 
Independence—It's What Older People Want
A study from the National Conference of State Legislatures and AARP, as well as other studies, confirm, time and again, that the vast majority of us want to live in our homes and communities as we age, and, if possible, to avoid dependence on others and institutionalization.
 
7 Things Only Someone Dealing With Infertility Understands
Only 27% of businesses with more than 500 employers cover IVF, according to the consulting firm Mercer. And just 15 states have any laws pertaining to whether health plans must offer coverage for any infertility procedures or medications (go to the National Conference of State Legislators at ncsl.org to get details for your state).
 

Guest commentary: Congress must move on wildfire prevention ...
Contra Costa Times
That's why in August I authored a resolution at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) to support federal policy changes that free up new investments in wildfire prevention activities, such as the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act. The resolution was adopted unanimously with strong bipartisan support and will allow the NCSL to advocate on behalf of these important policy changes, throwing the weight of all 50 state legislatures behind it.