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New Afterschool Report Shows Both Demand and Barriers to Access Have Grown

What are parents’ opinions of afterschool programs? Afterschool Alliance recently released its 2020 America After 3PM report answering this important question.

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Childhood Vaccination Rates Remain Low Amid Pandemic

Vaccination rates for Medicaid beneficiaries under age 2 were nearly 22% lower between March and May than the same period last year, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Michigan, for example, reported an over 20% decrease in the rate of non-flu routine vaccines administered to children 18 years and younger since the state’s stay-at-home order was implemented on March 23.

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COVID-19 Appears to Exacerbate Risky Driving Behaviors

A couple of months after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., traffic safety experts expressed concern over what they were seeing on the country’s streets and highways. While many Americans were homebound by stay-at-home orders, road fatalities were not decreasing at the expected rate.

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Remote Learning Creates Tradeoffs for Education Policymakers

As governors and public health officials imposed stay-at-home orders last spring, educators, students and families rapidly adjusted to digital learning and other emergency measures. Over the summer and fall, questions about whether and how schools would open safely have been top of mind for policymakers and millions of Americans.

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COVID19 Crisis Shifts Priorities for Legislative IT Staff

In an August survey, key information technology CIOs and directors in state legislatures said they have shifted priorities and provided new services to meet the demands of a remote workforce and to support virtual legislative sessions and hearings.

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Supreme Court Clears Way for North Carolina Ballots Received After Election to Be Counted

The Supreme Court left in place a nine-day extension to count absentee ballots in North Carolina. If North Carolina absentee ballots are postmarked on or before election day they may be counted if received up to nine days after the election.

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SCOTUS Upholds Wisconsin Law Requiring Absentee Ballots in by Election Day

In a 5-3 decision the U.S. Supreme Court disallowed a lower court decision to go into effect which would have allowed absentee ballots to be counted if they were received as late as Nov. 9, as long as they were postmarked on or before Election Day.

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NCSL’s FY 2020 Early Care and Education State Budget Report Now Available

It’s no secret that supporting healthy development from birth to age 5 is vitally important. What happens or doesn’t happen in these early years becomes the foundation for adult health and well-being.

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Flu Efforts During a Pandemic: State Roles in Influenza Response

Between the Spanish Flu in 1918 and the Swine Flu in 2009, the world experienced four influenza pandemics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes there is not currently an influenza pandemic, but responding to the flu during the COVID-19 pandemic presents challenges for states and every other level of government.

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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Supreme Court Allows Census Count to Stop

The Supreme Court has frozen in place a district court order requiring the Census Bureau to continue counting people through Oct. 31. As a result, the Census Bureau may immediately stop the count. 

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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.