NCSL LegisBriefs: June 2014
Thu Jun 19 20:16:26 MDT 2014
Gifts of Hospitality
When it comes to gifts, legislators must be aware of what they cannot receive, lobbyists must be aware of what they cannot give, and both must be aware of what they must disclose. Even clear-cut provisions can be accompanied by extenuating circumstances that allow for certain kinds of gift giving and receiving.
Will Small Modular Reactors Transform the Nuclear Industry?
Growing demand and a drive to use low-emission technologies bode well for the future of domestic nuclear energy. But an aging reactor fleet, rising costs and safety concerns all pose challenges for the industry. Small Modular Reactors offer the potential to mitigate some of these challenges.
Arts in Education
A well-balanced education is essential to ensuring that students are prepared to enter the workforce. The benefits of arts education are even more dramatic in schools where family income and achievement levels are low. Despite challenges, states are creating conditions that support arts education.
Helping Smokers Quit Improves Health and Budgets
Smoking-related diseases afflict more than 16 million Americans, making tobacco the nation’s leading cause of preventable death and disease. In an effort to reduce both the human and financial costs, many state policymakers are pursuing programs proven to help smokers quit.
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