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Justice Ginsburg’s Impact on State and Local Government

History will remember Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died at age 87 last Friday, as a smasher of glass ceilings, a feminist, a liberal, a dissenter, and an icon. States and local governments will also remember something subtler about her which was more visible in the Supreme Court’s lower profile cases. And that was her pragmatism.

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Privacy and Coronavirus Tracing Technology

If you had been exposed to someone with COVID-19, would you want to know? If you came down with the virus, would you want to be able to let others know if they had been near you, especially if you could remain anonymous?

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Elections Flood the Courts—Read More in the September Canvass

Overwhelmed by the surge of pre-election lawsuits? Intrigued by which cases will end up at the U.S. Supreme Court? Ready to brace yourself for potential post-election litigation?

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Addressing Social and Emotional Needs During COVID-19

As summer was coming to an end there were lots of questions about how reopening schools in the fall was going to work.

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The Census is Hot, Hot, Hot!

When I think back to January when the Census Bureau officially kicked off the 2020 census in Alaska, who would have thought the census would continue to be such a hot topic in September? I didn’t.

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Category: Census, COVID-19
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State Contact Tracing and Unemployment Workforce

What do contact tracers and state unemployment system workers have in common? Besides performing specialized tasks, these two positions have become incredibly important to state governments as they work to navigate the coronavirus pandemic.

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Pandemic Forces New Approaches to Dentistry

Just when you thought 2020 couldn't get any worse, that dull but tolerable toothache becomes an ice pick in your jaw.

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Debt Collection in State Courts

The nation’s civil legal system handles debt collection cases and a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts, “How Debt Collectors Are Transforming the Business of State Courts,” examines debt collection lawsuits in America.

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State Approaches Foster Retention and Better Outcomes for Workers With Disabilities

For the millions of U.S. workers experiencing an injury, illness or change in disability status every year, a rapid and supportive return to work is key to staying connected to the workforce.

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Mail Voting: What’s Temporary and What’s Permanent?

Does California use vote-by-mail? That question is harder to answer than you might think.

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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.