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Educating Our Youngest Learners During Challenging Times

NCSL’s State Policy and Research for Early Education (SPREE) bipartisan working group met in a virtual three-day summit to discuss COVID-19’s impact on early learning systems and the methods state policymakers can use to address the challenges.

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NCSL’s ‘Relief and Revenue’ Series Highlights Need for Flexible Relief Funding

Congress allocated $150 billion to states, territories, local governments and tribes with the passage of the CARES Act but restrictions on the money has hamstrung some state efforts. Negotiations on the next round of stimulus are underway in Washington and both direct aid to states and greater flexibility in how states can spend the aid are key and contentious issues.

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COVID-19 in U.S. Prisons and Jails

Inmates in federal and state prisons are experiencing a disproportionate amount of COVID-19 cases and deaths, which are tracked by the Marshall Project in partnership with the Associated Press using data from state corrections departments and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP).

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Check Out How NCSL Celebrated ADA30

The sweeping legislation that is the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) became the cornerstone of anti-discrimination protections for people with disabilities, ushering in a new era of opportunity for a community left long waiting when it became law on July 26, 1990.

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SCOTUS Disallows Court-Ordered Changes to Idaho’s Citizen’s Initiative Process

To get a citizen’s initiative on the ballot in Idaho, petitioners must obtain signatures from 6% percent of electors by April 30. Reclaim Idaho asked to be temporarily allowed to gather signatures online due to COVID-19. It sued after state government officials informed it that Idaho statutes don’t allow electronic signatures for petitions and the governor didn’t intend to take executive action.

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The State of Legislator Pay in 2020

As states work to mitigate major budget shortfalls, some legislators have looked to their own salaries for savings.

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You Have Election Questions, NCSL Has Answers

Voters often reach out to the NCSL elections team with questions about absentee ballots, where to vote, when to vote and more. Although it is not NCSL’s stated mission to help voters, as we serve legislators and staff, we feel a responsibility to answer these requests and help voters find what they are looking for.

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Category: Elections
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Using Pharmacists to Provide Care in Rural Areas

The increased need for medical care and prescription drugs, coupled with scarcity of primary care physicians in rural areas, exacerbates many barriers to accessing necessary health care. Maximizing the use of pharmacists as part of the health care delivery system is among several state strategies to meet the unique health care needs of rural and underserved communities.

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Category: Health
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COVID-19 Shines Light on Health Disparities

Each year, health disparities lead to significant human and financial costs as certain people experience poorer living conditions, manage chronic illnesses and have more difficulty accessing health care services and treatment than other population groups.

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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COVID-19 Complicates Chronic Conditions

For more than 10 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its public health partners have identified strategies, milestones and metrics to ensure progress in the prevention and treatment of chronic health conditions as a part of CDC’s Winnable Battles program.

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.