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Research

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Food Safety

From 2018 to 2021, states introduced thousands of bills related to food and food safety, reflecting states’ interest in providing oversight and increasing public safety.

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Top Fiscal Issues for 2022

Legislators are returning to state capitols for their 2022 sessions with more funds than they anticipated thanks to rebounding revenues and federal assistance. This fiscal brief takes a look at some of states’ top fiscal priorities for the new year.

JobAct

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Election Bill Rubric: Five Deliberation Points

The five points outlined give legislators and staff tangible starting points for analysis and discussion to help craft and assess effective election legislation.

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NCSL podcast

Sorting Through the Stimulus

The three guests on this podcast, all NCSL experts, discuss the size and complexity of the different pieces of legislation, the push to give states flexibility in how they spend the money and why most of the federal education funding was given directly to school districts.

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State Unemployment for December

Unemployment rates were lower in December in 42 states and the District of Columbia, and stable in 8 states, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Portable Benefits for Gig Workers

New labor market dynamics and technological innovations are transforming the way Americans work. By some estimates, over one-third of U.S. workers now participate in the gig economy.

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Overview