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Entries for April 2020

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Higher Education Provisions in CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law by President Trump on March 27, provides funding and flexibilities for higher education institutions to respond to the COVID-19 emergency.

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Coronavirus Prompts Election Delays—Read More in the April Canvass

Georgia—one of the first states to delay a primary election in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic—has delayed its state and presidential preference primaries for a second time.

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How States Are Leveraging Their Medicaid Programs to Respond to COVID-19

Often when state policy makers discuss Medicaid, the focus is on restraining costs, reducing waste and improving outcomes. With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conversation is shifting to leveraging current Medicaid programs and infrastructure to meet increasing demand for health care services.

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Clock Starts to Tick for FY 2021 Budgets

The coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home orders have wreaked havoc on fiscal year 2021 state budget processes.

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StateVote 2020: Citizen Initiatives Struggle Amid the Pandemic

In April of a general election year, citizen initiative campaigns are typically in full swing, collecting signatures, raising money and building momentum for the November election. But not this year.

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A Federal and State Look at Health Insurance Coverage for COVID-19

With an increase in COVID-19 cases across the U.S., the federal government and states are working to ensure that access to health care does not hold people back from getting COVID-19 testing and services.

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Do you know of a legislative staffer, or a legislative agency, who goes above and beyond in their service to their peers, lawmakers and the legislative institution? Nominations are now being accepted for the Legislative Staff Achievement Awards.

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Oral Health and Primary Care: Rooted in Evidence, Ripe for Innovation

The worlds of oral health and primary care increasingly converge.

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Category: Health
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Wisconsin Primary Election Leads to SCOTUS Ruling

Today's election in Wisconsin is both a presidential primary and an election of numerous judgeships, over 500 school board seats, and several thousand other positions. Per the Wisconsin Supreme Court, in person voting will go on. Per the United States Supreme Court, only absentee ballots received or postmarked today will be counted.

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State Wins SCOTUS Revoked License Search Case

In an 8-1 opinion the Supreme Court held that a police officer may initiate a traffic stop after learning the registered owner of the vehicle has a revoked license unless the officer has information negating the inference the owner of the vehicle is the driver. 

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