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SCOTUS to Decide if Puerto Rico Residents are Eligible for SSI

In United States v. Vaello-Madero the Supreme Court will decide whether Congress violated the constitution by failing to extend Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to Puerto Rico

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Opinion: Notion of 'Unnecessary' Aid to State and Local Governments a 'Myth'

The argument that states and local governments don't  need the $350 billion aid proposed in the $1.9 stimulus bill soon to get a vote in the Senate is misguided, according to an opinion piece in Governing magazine.

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Financial Costs of Chronic School Absence During COVID-19 | A Conversation With Bellwether Education Partners Part II  

Coupled with the concern about missing students are worries about the financial repercussions of attendance and enrollment declines on school districts.   

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RAPID-EC Project: Real-Time Data on COVID’s Effects on Families With Young Children

The Rapid Assessment of Pandemic Impact on Development – Early Childhood project, or RAPID-EC, offers a variety of stakeholders─policymakers, advocates and researchers to name a few─a first-person look at how COVID-19 has impacted the day-to-day lives of over 1,000 families with young children across the country.

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Category: Human services
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FEMA Declares Emergency for all of Texas in Severe Winter Storm

President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration last week for the entire state of Texas following widespread power outages and cascading system failures from a severe winter storm that continues to overwhelm the area in record low temperatures.

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Alejandro Mayorkas, the new Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the creation of eight grant programs totaling $1.87 billion. Their purpose? To “assist our state and local partners in building and sustain capabilities to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other disasters.”

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Supreme Court to Hear Immigrant Public Charge Case

In Department of Homeland Security v. New York the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the Trump administration’s “public charge” definition violates the Immigration and Nationality Act or is arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedures Act.

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Study Shows Drop in Jail Populations, Bookings

Each year, nearly 11 million people are admitted to jail in the United States, nearly 18 times the number of yearly admissions to state and federal prisons.

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U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 Introduced in the House and Senate

The bill features an eight-year path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. as of Jan. 1. It would apply to an estimated 11 million people, allowing them to live and work in the U.S. for five years following background checks and tax payments.

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Category: Immigration
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Advisory Group Tackles Health Disparities and Health Equity

As the coronavirus continues to shine a light on longstanding health disparities, NCSL convened a new bipartisan advisory group to provide guidance on how NCSL can best support legislators and legislative staff as they address health disparities and health equity issues in their states.

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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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.