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Entries for March 2020

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Senator David Carlucci (R-N.Y.) visited Washington, D.C. to help NCSL showcase state leadership in privacy and consumer protection.

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Voting by Mail and More in the March Canvass

“Whether healthy or sick, please don’t lick!” That’s the message coming from the Washington secretary of state’s office in the lead-up to the state’s March 10 presidential primary. As the Evergreen State responds to the first COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., Washington voters may have one thing to be thankful for—all-mail elections.

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SCOTUS Hears First Abortion Case Since Kennedy's Departure

The Supreme Court heard oral argument in its first abortion case since Justice Anthony Kennedy left the bench and was replaced by Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The outcome of this case is likely to come down to Chief Justice John Roberts and Kavanaugh. 

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StateVote 2020: What the Heck is a 'Firehouse Primary'?

While Super Tuesday was the largest single day of the presidential primary season, it was far from its conclusion.

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Now in its 15th year, NCSL’s Online Democracy Award recognizes a state legislative website that stands out for making democracy user-friendly. The award will be presented at NCSL’s 2020 Legislative Summit, Aug. 10-13 in Indianapolis.

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Coronavirus, A Federal and State Rundown

In the midst of flu season, the news over the past few weeks has been dominated by a new virus known as the coronavirus. The outbreak of the virus originated in the city of Wuhan in the Hubei province of China. 

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States Vote for More Daylight

In the last three years, a significant trend has emerged as nine states have enacted legislation to provide for year-round daylight saving time (DST)—if Congress were to allow such a change by amending the Uniform Time Act of 1966. States are allowed to change to year-round standard time under current federal law.

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Category: Energy
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Congress Appropriates at Least $1.05 Billion to States, Territories, Tribes to Combat COVID-19

In an overwhelmingly bipartisan effort, both chambers of the U.S. Congress within a day of each other passed HR 6074, which provides $8.3 billion to combat COVID-19. President Donald Trump signed the appropriations bill into law on March 6.

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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Dust Off Your IT Pandemic Plans

Scott McPherson has been writing and lecturing about pandemics for 14 years.

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Expanding the state sales tax to include popular services is no easy feat. History shows that political pushback often begins as soon as a bill drops. That’s exactly what unfolded in Maryland.

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Category: Fiscal policy
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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.