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SCOTUS Rules Against Bringing State Law Claims in Superfund Case

In a 7-2 decision in Atlantic Richfield v. Christian the Supreme Court held that landowners located on a Superfund site who wanted additional remedies beyond the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plan to clean up the site could not sue in state court,

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COVID-19’s Snowballing Effect on Child Support, Custody, Visitation, Economic Security

As incomes of parents who are ordered to pay child support decrease, child support agencies will see sharp increases in requests for modifications of child support orders.  

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Research: Air Pollution Linked to Higher COVID-19 Death Rate

The COVID-19 pandemic may provide states with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rethink air pollution and its impacts on public health and the environment.

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson to Participate in April 24 Webinar; NCSL Child Care/Welfare Resources

Experts from NCSL, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Council of State Housing Agencies and SchoolHouse Connection will participate in a webinar Friday to discuss provisions in the federal CARES Act and how states are responding to the crisis. HUD Secretary Ben Carson is expected to participate.

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State DOTs Helping Truckers Address Supply Chain Disruptions Amidst COVID-19

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, truck drivers have gone into overdrive to ensure the safe and speedy shipment of essential items such as food, medicine and medical supplies.

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Earlier this year more than 70 state lawmakers from 33 states and Puerto Rico gathered in Fort Myers, Fla., to learn about and identify common ground on criminal justice policy.

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Bridging the Gap to Youth Mental Health During COVID-19

While transitioning to online classes and teaching may affect a students’ ability to learn, closures may also affect their mental health and access to services and contribute to increased challenges at home. 

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COVID-19: New and Updated CDC Guidance for Certain Groups and Settings

From keeping up on public health recommendations to abiding state or local orders, everyone has a role to play during a pandemic.

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Combating Misinformation During an 'Infodemic'

As COVID-19 spreads across the world and throughout the United States, so too does misinformation, creating what data and health scientists at the World Health Organization (WHO) deem an “infodemic.”

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How Vote-From-Home Works in Utah

Utah uses a vote-by-mail (or, to use the newest phrase, vote-at-home) system, in which all registered voters are sent a ballot. It’s the same as absentee voting in any state, but in Utah (and Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington), all voters get a ballot, no request required.

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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.