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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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In Retrospect, Speedy Implementation of Wayfair Decision Was Crucial

The two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s momentous (in the state tax policy world) South Dakota v. Wayfair decision came and went over the weekend.

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Legislators Bear the Torch of Democracy

State legislators fight for issues, represent their communities and commit their time to preserve and strengthen our democracy. That’s hard work. And in these strange and tumultuous times, legislating may feel harder than ever.

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House, Senate, White House Consider Police Reform in Wake of Protests

Days of protests across the nation following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody have drawn swift and ongoing responses on the federal level. Police reform legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate in recent weeks, while President Donald Trump signed an executive order on policing on June 16.

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Webinar June 24: Using the Federal Child Nutrition Programs to Respond to COVID-19

With the coronavirus pandemic upending many aspects of normal life, leaving parents and caregivers unemployed and schools shuttered, federal child nutrition programs are adapting to meet the needs of America’s families.

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Supreme Court Allows DACA to Continue

In a 5-4 decision in DHS v. Regents of the University of California, the Supreme Court held that the decision to wind-down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program violated the Administrative Procedures Act.

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Do You Want Your State’s Details on Absentee/Mail Voting?

Have you followed the news about elections lately? If so, probably 1/3 has been about the horseraces, and 2/3 has been about election administration, a complete reversal of the usual status at this point in a general election year.

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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.