The 2010 elections will bring sweeping changes to state governments, with a partisan outcome that unquestionably favors Republicans.

Voter dissatisfaction resulted in what can be described as a “wave” election. Regardless of party affiliation, riding this wave will be hundreds of new state decision-makers, many of whom will have to be educated about pediatric practice and child health issues by pediatricians from AAP chapters.

“It’s critically important that AAP chapter advocates get to know the new people in state government as soon as possible,” said Molly Droge, M.D., FAAP, chair of the AAP Committee on State Government Affairs. “Our involvement and influence in the policy-making process will be essential.”

Prior to the elections, Democrats controlled both chambers of 27 state legislatures, Republicans held control in 14 states, while eight states were split (Nebraska has a single legislative chamber and is nonpartisan). When the 2011 legislative sessions begin, Republicans will control...

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