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DOE Solar Futures Study Highlights Opportunities, Challenge of Large-Scale Solar Deployment

A recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has sparked debate over the potential for solar power to produce nearly half of the nation’s electricity by 2050—an immense and complicated goal for a technology that currently accounts for only 3% of power generation.  

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Category: Energy
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Governance, Best Practices Highlight Early Learning Team Meeting

Early learning governance, best practices and the impact on the workforce were the highlights of  NCSL’s Early Learning Team’s recent meeting.

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Category: Education
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Supreme Court Adds Spiritual Advisor Lethal Injection Case to Docket

In Ramirez v. Collier the U.S. Supreme Court may decide whether Texas prison officials violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) by disallowing John Henry Ramirez’s spiritual advisor to vocalize prayers and lay his hands on Ramirez as Ramirez is executed by lethal injection. The Supreme Court will hear oral argument in this case on Nov. 1.   

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Happy International Day of Democracy!

Created in 2007 by the United Nations, the International Day of Democracy promotes democratic governance among UN Charter nations and the human rights conferred under democratic systems, such as power, full participation and personal agency.

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Category: Elections
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SLLC Asks SCOTUS To Rule on Scope of Rehabilitation Act

In CVS Pharmacy v. Doe, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether disability disparate impact claims may be brought under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and therefore under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Does are individuals living with HIV/AIDS who rely on employer-sponsored health plans for their medications. 

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NCSL’s Task Force on Innovations in State Health Systems gathered in person in August to discuss public health investments and innovations, and what states can do to lay groundwork for stronger public health systems beyond the pandemic.

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Category: Health
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NCSL’s American Democracy Game Named 2021 Game of the Year!

Creative Child Magazine has named NCSL’s American Democracy Game its 2021 Game of the Year.

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Category: NCSL
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U.S. Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Law to Remain in Place

In a 5-4 decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson the Supreme Court allowed Texas’s abortion law to remain in effect while it is further litigated in the lower courts.

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New NCSL Resource: Shining a Light on Optometrists

NCSL’s Scope of Practice Policy website has a new, eye-catching addition: optometrists are now featured as a new practitioner. Providing more than two-thirds of all primary eye and vision health care in the U.S., doctors of optometry, or optometrists, are an important access point to the health care system for many patients.

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Women's Bone Health: Reducing Costs and Promoting Screening

Among the 54 million Americans at risk for osteoporosis, 10.2 million adults have the disease and, of those with the disease, 80% are women. According to the national Osteoporosis and Hip Fracture Index, an estimated 34.4% of these cases are women between 65 to 74 and 38.5% are women over 80.

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Category: Health
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