From: NCSL TODAY
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Subject: Jan. 27: Iowa study shows many farmers, retirees in Legislature | 'Hidden threat' in farm bill
Date: Mon Jan 27 20:31:38 MST 2014
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NCSL TODAY brings you the latest news from the capitols.

TOP NEWS Jan. 27, 2014

Lawmaking isn't their only job

NCSL data cited in Des Moines Register

A Des Moines Register analysis quantifies for the first time in years the specific makeup of the 100-member House and 50-member Senate, revealing the most common occupations and the challenges inherent in balancing political service with professional responsibilities.


NCSL's position cited in The New York Times

The National Conference of State Legislatures has properly urged rejection of the amendment because it would pre-empt assorted local agricultural policies vital in protecting “our farmland, waterways, forests and most importantly, the health and welfare of our constituents. Check out NCSL's position on this issue.


Stateline

Medicaid programs across the states are far from identical. For one, the federal-state dollar matches vary a great deal (from a 73 percent federal to 27 percent state ratio in a poor state like Mississippi in fiscal 2013 to 50-50 for states such as Wyoming, Washington, California and Connecticut). Check out NCSL's research on this issue.


States weigh new plans for government windfalls

The Wall Street Journal

Governors across the U.S. are proposing tax cuts, increases in school spending and college-tuition freezes as growing revenue and mounting surpluses have states putting the recession behind them.


Associated Press in Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

Allowing farmers to grow hemp in Indiana could help boost the economy and dispel myths about a crop that can be used to make everything from paper to car parts, supporters told lawmakers Friday. Check out NCSL's research on this issue.


The Wichita Eagle

Besides restoring the main building and leaking dome, the renovation included new heating and cooling systems, expanded office space, more restrooms and security. It also provided for an underground parking garage and visitors’ center.

NCSL TOP PICKS

 

Preventing teenage pregnancy

Since the 1990s, teen pregnancy in the United States has declined 42 percent. The teen birth rate is down 52 percent. Both have reached historic lows. Downward trends span all 50 states and all racial and ethnic groups. Yet teen pregnancy, abortion and birth rates in the United States for teens age 15 to 19 remain among the highest in the industrialized world. Three in 10 girls will be pregnant at least once before their 20th birthday.
   
Jan. 31 webinar: 2013 voting and election law enactments

Did voting laws change in 2013? Yes, indeed they did. Almost 300 new laws were enacted by state legislatures last year! In this brief 30-minute webinar at 2 p.m. ET, Jan. 31, hear what topics were hot, what topics were not, and what states took actions unlike any others. A few hints: online voter registration, voter ID and election crimes were the top three categories. Be prepared with tales from your state—the chat box will be open.

2013 state juvenile justice legislation

State juvenile justice legislation in 2013 focused on changing waiver and transfer laws, raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction, sentencing reforms, community based alternatives to incarceration and the importance of mental health evaluations. 

 
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