State Legislatures

This magazine covers policy and politics through articles on trends, legislative in the United States, best practices, the legislative process and institution and leadership and federal initiatives that affect the states.

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 3, March

Driving the Future: Self-Driving Cars and Smart Phones That Help You Catch a Bus Are Not as Far-Fetched as You May Think
The proliferation of wireless technology has transformed American life--from flipping through an old book to scrolling through an ebook on a tablet, from calling morn for directions to grandma's to finding her with an app on your cell phone. Technology...
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For the Record: Doris Kearns Goodwin
Pulitzer Prize winner and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin has written books about Lyndon Johnson, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln and the Kennedy family. Her book on Lincoln, "Team of Rivals," was adapted in part into the...
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Grappling with the Gun Issue
A month after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, New York became the first state this year to pass major gun reform. The New York laws expand the definition of "assault weapons," require gun license renewals and ban owning ammunition magazines with...
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How to Deal with Difficult People: You Can Choose a Constructive Approach to Challenging Colleagues and Constituents. Here's How
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the midst of the legislative session, irritating behavior can drive you crazy. Maybe it's the complaining citizen who won't stop whining, the staffer who blames others for her mistakes, or the supervisor who won't listen...
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Marijuana Joins Smoke-Free Laws
With voters in Colorado and Washington choosing to legalize recreational marijuana, many are looking ahead for any public health concerns that might arise with these new state laws. Marijuana smoke contains as much tar and 50 percent to 70 percent...
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Private Tax Help
It's tax time, and states like Iowa are finding ways to get the word out about free tax preparation services and the earned income tax credit. With a federal Volunteer Income Tax Assistance matching grant and a little less than $200,000 a year from...
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Tabor at Twenty: Colorado's Well-Known Tax and Spending Measure Is Praised by Some and Criticized by Others for Its Success at Limiting Government
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Twenty years after Coloradans approved the most restrictive tax and expenditure limitation in the country, the Taxpayer Bill of Rights has reshaped state government and sparked debate on similar proposals across the country...
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Testing What Works: Federal Waivers Give States the Flexibility to Discover What's Best for Children in Foster Care
Want to build a strong child welfare system, try programs that will save money and improve foster care? Seeking a child welfare waiver--allowed under the Child Welfare and Family Services Innovation Act of 2011, might be your answer. The federal act...
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Voting Matters: A Group of Experts Has Some Advice on How to Improve Elections
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the year after a presidential election, legislators get busy trying to address any voting snafus that occurred in their own state. The result: a flurry of bills introduced to improve the system, usually double the number...
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Wanted: Foreign Students: State Colleges and Universities Are Increasing Their Efforts to Attract Students from Abroad
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Bright, adventurous and fluent in three languages, 18-year-old Chelsea Tan came to the United States last fall to begin a rigorous course of study leading to a degree in health physics--an opportunity she wouldn't have had...
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Warning of Potential Violence
Mental health professionals must maintain patients' confidentiality. But many states also require or allow them to protect possible victims by disclosing information to potential victims or law enforcement about patients they believe may become violent....
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