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Entries for August 2020

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SCOTUS Won't Let Lower Court Rewrite Oregon Ballot Initiative Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court has not allowed a federal district court order to go into effect which required Oregon to include a ballot initiative with only 50% of the signatures required by Oregon’s constitution, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Child Care Bills Pass the House With Bipartisan Support

In a rare showing of bipartisanship, the House passed two bills on July 29—the Child Care Is Essential Act (HR 7027) and the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act (HR 7327).

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Congress Takes Another Look at the Rights of College Athletes

In September 2019, California passed legislation allowing college athletes to receive compensation for the use of their names images and likenesses beginning in 2023, launching a debate about what rights student-athletes have and the rules the National Collegiate Athletic Association has had in place for decades.

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Legislative Trends in Education Funding

Declines in state revenue, coupled with the rising costs of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, have forced legislators to make difficult decisions about how to allocate state education dollars. While several states continue to revise their FY 2021 budgets to reflect adjusted revenue projects, most have enacted new budgets.

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COVID-19 Contributes to More Than Weird Dreams

If there’s one thing most everyone can agree on, it’s that life during a pandemic is stressful. Changes in schedules, economic uncertainty, work and school changes, and a little too much family or alone time can all add up and make us feel anxious, worried or depressed.

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Renewable Natural Gas: Up-and-Coming Renewable Energy Contender?

As states consider clean energy goals and efforts to reduce emissions across the transportation and power sectors, some state legislatures, utilities and the natural gas industry are examining the potential for renewable natural gas.

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What Is Being Done for Older Americans With Disabilities?

The 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) highlights the strides that have been made for individuals with disabilities, but also highlights existing challenges that older Americans with disabilities still face.

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Educating Our Youngest Learners During Challenging Times

NCSL’s State Policy and Research for Early Education (SPREE) bipartisan working group met in a virtual three-day summit to discuss COVID-19’s impact on early learning systems and the methods state policymakers can use to address the challenges.

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NCSL’s ‘Relief and Revenue’ Series Highlights Need for Flexible Relief Funding

Congress allocated $150 billion to states, territories, local governments and tribes with the passage of the CARES Act but restrictions on the money has hamstrung some state efforts. Negotiations on the next round of stimulus are underway in Washington and both direct aid to states and greater flexibility in how states can spend the aid are key and contentious issues.

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COVID-19 in U.S. Prisons and Jails

Inmates in federal and state prisons are experiencing a disproportionate amount of COVID-19 cases and deaths, which are tracked by the Marshall Project in partnership with the Associated Press using data from state corrections departments and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP).

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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.