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Entries for August 2020

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States Tackle Hair Discrimination

Commonly referred to as the CROWN Act, or Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair, legislators across the country are considering bills that protect workers, students and others from being discriminated against for common race-based hair traits such as hair texture, hair type and protective hairstyles.

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Now Playing: American Democracy Game Teaches Important Civics Lessons

A commitment to civics education and to helping legislators and legislative staff educate the public about representative democracy and the legislative process led to the 2011 launch of NCSL’s American Democracy Game.

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Making Room for Dads in Public Policy

Engaged fathers play an important role in the healthy development of a child from birth to adulthood, and this is certainly true during the time-sensitive first three years of a child’s life.

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Category: Human services
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She’s Golden: Sheila Mason Marks 50 Years at the Kentucky State Capitol

She's a champion of civic education and a go-to resource on legislative internship programs, having run Kentucky’s highly regarded program for the Legislative Research Commission for two decades.

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Women's Suffrage Law Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Today (Aug. 26) marks the 100th  anniversary of the 19 Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, becoming law. To celebrate this historic event in U.S. history, the Women’s Legislative Network held a celebratory event highlighting the past, present and future of honoring women.

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#Trending? Ballot Measures, Tech and a Sign of the Times

As a student at Stanford, a university located at the epicenter of Silicon Valley, I am hyper-aware of the contemporary issues salient to the tech industry.

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Category: Elections
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State Legislatures Magazine: 'Are High Unemployment Rates Here for the Long Term?'

As the economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic surged to levels unseen since the Great Recession, economists and state policymakers are contemplating if high unemployment rates will hobble the U.S. economy for an extended period.

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Messages to Help Your Constituents Vote

At NCSL we’re usually thinking about what lawmakers need to know. Yet as the elections team fields more and more voter questions, we thought we’d take a moment to consider what voters need to know—and how legislators can help.

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The Lost Wage Assistance Program

The Lost Wage Assistance will be administered by the states and territories through a grant agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency–grants can be applied for at grants.gov.

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Supreme Court OKs Consent Decree Changing Rhode Island Mail Ballot Requirements

The Supreme Court refused to overturn a consent decree in which Rhode Island state government officials agreed, due to COVID-19, to not enforce state law requiring the signature of two witnesses or a notary public for mail ballots.

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