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Census Data Will Be Released Aug. 16: Are Alternatives Available in the Meantime?

Nearly five months behind schedule, the delays at the bureau have had significant impacts on states’ abilities to comply with their own redistricting deadlines. While these delays may provide states with new and unique opportunities to gather public input or make policy changes, the primary challenge states face is addressing the legal catch-22 many states find themselves in.

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New Evidence-Based Policymaking Resources Share Lessons and Takeaways

Evidence-based policymaking can help state policymakers allocate resources to programs that are effective, promote innovation, and build a culture of continuous learning and improvement.

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Special Delivery: State Strategies to Ensure Healthy Pregnancies

NCSL’s new report, “State Approaches to Ensuring Healthy Pregnancies Through Prenatal Care,” provides an overview of factors influencing prenatal care access and utilization, different models of care, and state-level solutions and policy options.

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Category: Health
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NRI Committee Launches 2021 Webinar Series

NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee, with jurisdiction over agriculture, energy, environment and transportation issues, is pleased to announce its annual Spring Webinar Series beginning April 29 and continuing through June 24.

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Transportation Funding and Financing: State Approaches

With improved fuel efficiency, increased use of electric and hybrid vehicles, and a slow growth in vehicles miles traveled, revenue flowing into the Highway Trust Fund via the motor fuel tax has proven insufficient to support surface transportation programs.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Another COVID Restriction Affecting Religion

In Tandon v. Newsom the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the 9th Circuit should have preliminarily struck down California’s and Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 rule permitting only three families to gather in homes at a time. The Supreme Court reasoned that this rule likely violates the First Amendment because at-home religious exercise is treated less favorably than comparable secular activities.

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SLLC Files SCOTUS Amicus Brief in State Sovereignty Pipeline Case

In a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief filed in PennEast Pipeline Co. v. New Jersey the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) argues that the Natural Gas Act doesn’t allow private parties to condemn state land.

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Category: Census
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Students Affected by COVID: Assessing Learning Gaps

A lack of summative assessments from the 2020 academic year has left a gap in knowledge as to where students are in their learning progress. However, periodic interim testing has continued and is providing a framework to identify areas of learning loss among students.

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SCOTUS to Decide When State Attorneys General May Intervene in Appellate Litigation

In Cameron v. EMW Women’s Surgical Center the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether an attorney general should be permitted to intervene in a lawsuit after a federal court of appeals invalidates a state statute when no other state actor will defend the law. 

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DHS Ends Trump-Era Public Charge Rule

Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced March 9 that the federal government will no longer defend the Trump administration’s public charge rule.

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Category: Immigration
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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.