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Entries for November 2020

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Remote Learning Creates Tradeoffs for Education Policymakers

As governors and public health officials imposed stay-at-home orders last spring, educators, students and families rapidly adjusted to digital learning and other emergency measures. Over the summer and fall, questions about whether and how schools would open safely have been top of mind for policymakers and millions of Americans.

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NCSL Kicks Off Project to Expand Understanding of Road User Charging

Since the early 2000s, states have been at the forefront of discussions to explore possible replacements for the motor fuel tax.

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Category: Transportation
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30 Years of Protection for Substance Use and Mental Illness Under the ADA

When President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990, it became the most sweeping piece of civil rights legislation ever enacted for people with disabilities.

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Some Noteworthy Election Firsts—and How Former State Lawmakers Fared

While most Americans were glued to the Presidential race between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump, history was being made down the ballot with several noteworthy firsts.

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Recounts? There’s a Law for That

Since the election, NCSL’s elections-info@ncsl.org inbox has been filled with citizen inquiries on how election recounts work. If they’re asking, it’s likely our constituents—lawmakers and legislative staff—want to know more too.

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Justices Signal the Entire ACA Is Unlikely to Be Overturned

The Supreme Court heard oral argument Tuesday in California v. Texas, a case where it is possible the Supreme Court could rule that a portion of the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional and strike down the entire law if it rules the individual mandate cannot be severed from the rest of the ACA.

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Honoring the Warriors Among Us

Visitors to our nation’s capital can add a new landmark to their must-see list. The National Native American Veterans Memorial will be unveiled to the public this Veterans Day on the grounds of the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian.

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National Apprenticeship Week: Celebrating the Benefits of a Skilled Workforce

The U.S. Department of Labor this week recognizes apprentices, apprenticeships, employers, and other partners with National Apprenticeship Week.

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New National Suicide Hotline

With the pandemic exacerbating the rate of suicide, Congress has stepped in and passed a new law designating “988” as a new national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline, connecting individuals directly to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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Tribal Land and Nation Acknowledgement

Higher education institutions and non-profit organizations have taken steps in recent years to formally acknowledge Indigenous people as the traditional stewards of the land where the particular entity is located or is holding a meeting.

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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.