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Entries for March 2020

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StateVote 2020: States Delay Presidential Primaries Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Louisiana last week became the first state to postpone its presidential primary in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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NCSL Gathers Education Resources for Legislators on Coronavirus

As of March 16, 33 states have closed all P-12 schools for at least several weeks, and an overwhelming majority of colleges and universities have sent students home for the rest of the semester as a result of direction for the nation’s health officials desperately trying to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.

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Is That Mailing Really From the Census Bureau?

Have you received a recent mailing that looks like a census form or questionnaire? If it arrived before this week, it’s likely not from the Census Bureau.

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Category: Census
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Barr, 'Five Eyes' Release Principles on Online Child Sexual Exploitation

The recommendations create a baseline framework for companies that provide online services to deter use of the Internet as a tool for sexually exploiting and abusing children.

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Lawmakers Sprint to Fund Coronavirus Efforts

As states race to contain and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus disease, state legislatures have quickly moved to ensure health and human services agencies have the funding necessary for their work.

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Lawmakers Grapple With Solutions to Surprise Medical Bills

Approximately 4 in 10 Americans reported receiving an unexpected medical bill—commonly known as surprise, or balance, billing—in the past 12 months, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey.

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Category: Health
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SCOTUS Rules State Identity Theft Statutes Not Preempted in False Social Security Number Prosecutions

In a 5-4 decision in Kansas v. Garcia the Supreme Court held that the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) does not preempt state statutes that provide a basis for identity theft prosecutions when someone uses another person’s Social Security number on their state and federal tax-withholding forms.

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Supreme Court to Hear Another Juvenile Life Sentence Without Parole Case

In Jones v. Mississippi the Supreme Court will decide whether the Eighth Amendment requires the sentencing authority to make a finding that a juvenile is “permanently incorrigible” before imposing a sentence of life without parole.

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Engaging With the International Program at Summit

NCSL received 285 legislators, legislative staff, government officials and lobbyists from 18 countries at the Legislative Summit, a robust gathering of professionals committed to strengthening networks and institutions around the world.

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What's New From Children and Families | March 2020

NCSL’s Children and Families program covers many human services issues, including child support and family law, child welfare, early care and education, family economic security, housing and homelessness.

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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.