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Creating Smart Communities

This report explores how state policymakers can support the smart use of technology to create safe, accessible, livable communities that are rich with economic opportunity and prepared to meet any challenge that might arise.


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Plans Emerging for COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation

While the end goal is to offer COVID-19 vaccines to the entire U.S. population, the federal government, states and local jurisdictions want to be sure it goes first to those who need it most.

Results Driven Governing



Drone Policies Soar in 2020

Legislators continued debating both allowable uses and prohibitions of drones, with six states enacting 11 bills.


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Election Recounts

The laws governing recounts varies state by state, and a handful of states do not offer a recount process at all. Find out more.


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Six Policy Decision Points on Absentee/Mail Voting

This brief explores six distinct policy decision points that can affect how smoothly a large volume of absentee/mail voting can be processed―application deadlines, drop boxes, ballot receipt and postmark deadlines, ballot processing and signature cure periods.


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Motor Fuel Taxes

States continue to explore possible replacements for the motor fuel tax as vehicles become more fuel efficient and the surge of new electric vehicles continues.