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The Census Bureau, Differential Privacy and the Courts

Right now—the second half of March—is when redistricting data should have been arriving in states, with the last delivery to be no later than April 1 as required by federal law. That’s not what’s happening, owing to delays in field operations for the census last year and more.

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Category: Census
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Virginia Becomes 23rd State to Abolish Capital Punishment

Virginia is the 23rd state to abolish capital punishment.

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Building Democracy Episode 5: NCSL’s Role in Creating the Modern Legislature

Not to toot our own horn, but NCSL’s history is integrally tied to the titanic efforts, personalities and organizations that sought to bolster the legislative institution in the second half of the 20th century.

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Category: NCSL, Podcasts
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Census Data Coming in Sept ... Wait, What? AUGUST!!!

Redistricting data will be available to the states in the last half of August. That’s the latest news from the U.S. Census Bureau, and it didn’t get the attention it deserves, so let me say it again: Redistricting data will arrive in late August, which means redistricting can start soon thereafter.

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NCSL Joins Immigration Briefing for Hill Staffers

As Congress grapples with how to best tackle immigration reform, NCSL, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, and the United States Conference of Mayors partnered to brief hill staffers on state and local priorities in immigration reform.

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Hurry Up and Wait: States Need to Prepare Before Map-Drawing Can Begin

The latest hot topic in the redistricting world is how states can get this decade’s redistricting done on time, given a six-month delay in the release of the 2020 census data.

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Category: Redistricting
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Reopening the Workplace: Americans Look to Ditch Some Pre-Pandemic Norms

With three approved COVID-19 vaccines now available to the public, health experts predict the country will reach herd immunity – the point at which enough of the population is immune to the virus leaving it nowhere to spread – by as early as mid-summer. Many state policymakers are eager to relax social distancing mandates and reignite their economies. But are Americans ready to go back to the workplace?

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According to state court data, approximately 20 million civil lawsuits are filed each year. Debt collection represents 1 in 4 of these cases and 70% of debt collection hearings result in default judgments in favor of the plaintiffs filing these lawsuits. 

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Register Now: Intergovernmental Partnerships Supporting Prenatal-to-3 Well-Being

To promote intergovernmental action on prenatal-to-3 policies, NCSL is partnering with the National League of Cities (NLC) and the National Association of Counties Research Foundation (NACoRF) to host intergovernmental meetings focused on policy solutions to issues families are facing.

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The Climb: Women and the Legislative Ladder

On Sunday, just before International Women’s Day, NCSL and the American-Israel Friendship League (AIFL) partnered to highlight two U.S. women state legislators and two former members of the Knesset to discuss how women’s paths to legislative leadership are different—and what makes them successful.

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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.