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Entries for June 2020

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Banging the Gavel Instead of Dropping the Puck - Convening in the Age of COVID

In an age of social distancing, legislatures are getting creative about how to convene.

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Bipartisan, Cross-Branch Work Group Meets to Advance Evidence-Informed Policymaking

As state policymakers grapple with the public health and economic fallout stemming from COVID-19, they agree on the importance of having sound and reliable information to guide the difficult policy and budget decisions that lie ahead.

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SCOTUS Rules Employers May Be Sued for Sex Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination

In a 6-3 decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, the U.S. Supreme Court held that gay and transgender employees may sue their employers under Title VII for discriminating against them because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Amplifying NCSL’s already vociferous efforts to secure additional direct and flexible funding for states, NCSL hosted its first virtual briefing for Senate congressional staff as senators consider the next phase of federal response.

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Showing Civility When We Need It the Most

As the Kansas House of Representatives prepared to end its special session last week, two legislators—one Democrat, one Republican; one black, one white; one from academia, one from law enforcement—showed that civility remains an important ideal and that legislatures can be the perfect forum to start challenging conversations.

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Voting Challenges in Indian Country and More in the June Canvass

Just after we published The Canvass saying that voting by mail is hard for many American Indians and Alaska Natives, we received a new report from the Native American Voting Rights Coalition (NAVRC): “Obstacles at Every Turn: Barriers to Political Participation Faced by Native American Voters.”

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Category: Elections
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SCOTUS Rules Against Inmate in Prison Litigation Reform Act Case

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Lomax v. Ortiz that a dismissal without prejudice for failure to state a claim counts as a strike under the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA).

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COVID-19 Recovery: Leveraging Afterschool and Summer to Help Students Catch Up, Keep Up

COVID-19 created a large shift for everyone as students, teachers and parents rushed to move from in-person to virtual learning within a short time. How will this learning shift affect learning loss for students?

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COVID-19: Drug Shortages Amid a Pandemic

When the coronavirus pandemic began and Americans were asked to stay at home, millions of people—especially those living with chronic illness—had to quickly figure out how to get extended refills of their needed medicines. Rushes such as these were just the tip of the of drug shortage iceberg as the new era of COVID-19 emerged.

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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 Pregnant in a Pandemic: Coronavirus Changes Birth Plans for Many

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed how people seek health care, including how women receive prenatal and postpartum care and how they give birth.

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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