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House Proposes $350 Billion CRF Replenishment; Permits Revenue Replacement

Nine months after the last significant tranche of coronavirus relief aid was provided to states in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the House proposed a new $350 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Tuesday night that would permit state revenue replacement in addition to other COVID-related expenses.

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How Elections Have Changed Since 2000—Read More in the February Canvass

“The biggest change since 2000 is that voting has gotten more convenient for, and fairer to, voters thanks to reforms to every part of the process,” says Doug Chapin, director of election research at Fors Marsh Group.

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Category: Elections
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How Lawmakers Are Confronting COVID-19 College Challenges

After a 2020 session disrupted by COVID-19, lawmakers across the country return to statehouses to continue responding to the pandemic. One issue legislators will address will be the myriad challenges facing colleges and students pursuing a postsecondary degree or credential.  

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Supreme Court Strikes Down California’s Ban on Indoor Religious Services

A divided U.S. Supreme Court struck down California’s “Tier 1” total ban on indoor religious services, while allowing a 25% capacity limitation. Most of the state is currently under Tier 1 COVID-19 restrictions. It also allowed California to continue banning singing and chanting during indoor services.

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How Native American Communities Are Handled for Redistricting

Inquiring minds want to know: how are Native American communities handled for redistricting purposes?

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SCOTUS to Decide Whether Private Party May Exercise Eminent Domain Over State Land

In PennEast Pipeline Co. v. New Jersey the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether a private natural gas company may use the federal government’s eminent-domain power to condemn state land.

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Biden Announces Retroactive Waiver of State Cost Share for COVID-19 FEMA Assistance

After nearly a year since President Donald Trump declared the COVID-19 pandemic a national emergency, President Joe Biden signed a presidential memorandum that directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide emergency COVID-19 assistance under the declaration at 100% federal cost share.

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Addressing Chronic Absence During Covid-19: A Conversation with Bellwether Education Partners

Over the past 10 months, school officials have faced an attendance crisis as an estimated three million students have likely not received any formal education since March 2020.

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The Effect of the COVID-19 Recession on Women in the Workforce 

The COVID-19 pandemic-caused recession has been deemed the largest since World War II, according the World Bank. However, unlike previous economic downturns, the current recession has disproportionately affected women.

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Improving Access to Care: Medicaid, Telehealth and Health Workforce 101

State legislatures have long played an important role in bolstering access to high quality, affordable health care services. And as the country continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, health care access has only become more vital.

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Category: Health
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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.