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President Donald Trump signed an agreement in January paving the way for the USMCA to be the premiere trade agreement among the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Now, after months of stay-at-home orders and lingering doubts of international trade, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that all three countries have complied with their commitments under the agreement, which will take full effect on July 1.

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SCOTUS Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Law

In a 5-4 decision in June Medical Services v. Russo the Supreme Court struck down Louisiana’s admitting privileges law. Five justices agreed that Louisiana’s law created an unconstitutional “substantial obstacle” to women obtaining abortions.

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NCSL’s Health Innovations Task Force Tackles COVID-19 Challenges

From Portland, Maine, to Los Angeles, Calif., NCSL’s Task Force on Innovations in State Health Systems has heard from the leading minds and practitioners in health innovations.

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Higher Ed in the Age of Covid-19: Resources for State Legislators

The COVID-19 pandemic has left colleges across the country scrambling to plan for the fall of 2020.

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 New Guidance From SBA Eliminates Some Eligibility Requirements for Criminal Records

The Small Business Administration has issued new guidance easing eligibility restrictions for individuals with a criminal record–one week before the June 30 deadline to apply.

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Analyzing the Potential State-Level Impacts of Another Federal Tax Filing Extension

When the coronavirus pandemic began wreaking havoc on the American economy, the U.S. Treasury extended the filing and payment deadlines for income taxes by three months, from April 15 to July 15. 

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Job Gains in May, Not Felt Equally Across Demographics

The Department of Labor’s June release of the May unemployment numbers outlined a more hopeful picture of the economic recovery from coronavirus, with the national unemployment rate falling to 13.3%. However, the positive gains in employment were not felt evenly across race, gender, nationality, or disability status as the number of people marginally attached to the workforce remains high.

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Supporting Health Care Facilities and Providers During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen health care facilities around the country pushed to their limits. To ensure health systems have the capacity needed to treat an influx of COVID-19 patients, both the federal government and state legislatures are working to provide financial aid.

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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Join the Conversation on National Service

A wide-ranging congressionally mandated study by a commission of distinguished public servants calls on the American people to recommit to the spirit of public service that is embedded in the history of the United States.

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Lawmakers Comment on George Floyd Killing, Racism

Like most Americans, state legislators have been moved deeply by the killing of George Floyd and the resulting protests and conversations.

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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.