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To: Rep. Perry, L.,
Subject: Jan. 7: Will your state generate a lot of jobs in 2014?
Date: 2014-01-07T15:36:41Z

NCSL TODAY brings you the latest news from the capitols.

TOP NEWSJan. 7, 2014

Which states will generate jobs in 2014?


After four years of a fragile and uneven recovery, the U.S. job machine is likely to kick into high gear in 2014. Even recession-battered states such as Arizona and Florida are expected to generate jobs at a healthier clip.

Supreme Court halts gay marriage in Utah pending appeal

The Salt Lake Tribune

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday put same-sex marriages in Utah on hold, granting the state’s request for a stay while it appeals a ruling that laws banning such marriages are unconstitutional. Check out NCSL's research on this issue.

Lawmaker wants to bar state from aiding spying without warrants

The Los Angeles Times

Reports of the National Security Agency collecting data on millions of Americans has spurred one of the first state bills of the year in California, a measure that would prohibit state agencies from assisting federal spying and data collection without warrants.

Slow broadband speeds vex nation's schools

The Wall Street Journal

As public schools nationwide embrace instruction via iPads, laptops and other technologies, many are realizing they lack the necessary broadband speed to perform even simple functions. This is crimping classroom instruction as more teachers pull lesson plans off the Internet and use bandwidth-hungry programming such as video streaming and Skype.

Ethics legislation on the agenda in Virginia

NCSL data cited in The Washington Post

Republicans and Democrats in the Virginia General Assembly have reached an agreement over ethics reform, a major issue for lawmakers as they head into a new legislative session. Check out NCSL's research on this issue.

New poll shows growing support for medical marijuana in West Virginia

NCSL's Karmen Hansen quoted in Charleston Gazette

A new poll by Public Policy Polling, conducted last month, found 56 percent of West Virginians now support legalizing medical marijuana for seriously ill patients, while 34 percent oppose legalizing it. Check out NCSL's research on this topic.



Jan. 13 Webinar - Fiscal 50: State trends and analysis

This webinar will introduce Pew’s Fiscal 50: State Trends and Analysis, an interactive tool that allows you to sort and analyze data on key fiscal, economic, and demographic trends in the 50 states and understand their impact on your state’s long-term fiscal health.

State Legislatures magazine at 40: Hot issues and fiscal state of states

Forty years ago, the National Conference of State Legislatures and State Legislatures magazine made their debut. In this month's issue, read more about those humble beginnings, learn about the hot issues facing legislatures this year, check in on the fiscal state of states and hopes to reap revenue from cloud computing, and much more.    
 Workforce  development enactments  2013

Workforce development, traditionally addressed by the federal and local government, has become a significant issue for state legislative action. Too many people are unemployed, and U.S. employers are frustrated with the lack of unqualified job applicants and employees whose skills sets are outdated.

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