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Memorial Day: A Time for Respect and Remembrance

On Memorial Day, we set aside time to remember and respect the loss of life from the ranks of our military services.

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NCSL Launches Alumni Program for Early Learning Fellows, Releases More COVID-19 Resources

In response to members’ feedback gathered through an independent evaluation of its Early Learning Fellows program, NCSL is developing a new series of advanced learning opportunities available exclusively to alumni of the program. We expect to launch the annual series this July, and alumni can look forward to receiving enrollment information in June.

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Now that the funds have been deposited in state coffers and with fiscal year 2020 coming to a close for most states, lawmakers are grappling with how they can spend the money

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All Elections are Hybrid Elections—Read More in the May Canvass

While many tout the convenience of mail ballots, in this month’s edition of The Canvass, we consider the voters who need or choose to vote in person.

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Need Vote by Mail Information? We’ve Got a Table for That

As election officials and voters consider the value of mail ballots during the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more policymakers want to know how other states handle absentee, or mail, voting.

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Child Care Workforce: Infants, Toddlers and Providers Entrusted With Their Care

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the child care situation, with growing concerns about the availability of child care as the economy reopens. Some states are taking action to address the impacts of COVID-19 on child care. 

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Category: Human services
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Former NCSL President Debbie Smith Honored With Naming of High School

The Washoe County School Board has voted to rename a high school after the late Nevada state Senator Debbie Smith, who passed away from brain cancer in 2016.

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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Chronic Conditions and COVID-19: Keeping Care Close, at a Distance

People with underlying heart or lung conditions or compromised immune systems have a significantly higher risk of severe complications and death from COVID-19.

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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Spring 2020 Legislative Staff Week: Kudos to You!

Say what you will about these unprecedented, challenging and bizarre times, they clearly have brought out the best in legislative staff—most notably, their resiliency, creativity and compassion—and, happily, these efforts have not gone unnoticed.

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COVID-19: Energy’s ‘Essential’ Role Isn’t Backed By Law

State by state over the course of the past two months governors have closed “non-essential” businesses and directed residents to stay at home for all but “essential” activities. The scope of these orders and what’s considered “essential” can vary significantly depending on the state.

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Category: Energy, 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.