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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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'Building Democracy': The Evolution of State Legislatures in the 1800s: Expansion, Conflict and Reconciliation

Our next episode of "Building Democracy" picks up after the end of the Revolutionary War. With the sovereignty and independence of the United States secured, the Revolutionary War over and the British (mostly) repulsed from North American shores, the young nation turns its attention to its Western borders.

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Category: Podcasts
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Double Trouble: How States Keep People From Voting Twice

In the last few days, we’ve noticed a rare interest in how states keep people from voting twice.

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Prescription for Administering a COVID-19 Vaccine: Pharmacists Fill the Gaps

Now that several COVID-19 vaccines are in stage 3 clinical trials, states and the federal government are once again turning to pharmacists to aid in the population-wide administration of current routine vaccines and potentially a future COVID-19 vaccine.

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Category: COVID-19
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SCOTUS Leaving Stay-At-Home Orders Alone; Disallowing Judge-Made Changes to Election Laws

Since April, the Supreme Court has handled numerous emergency requests related to COVID-19.

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Only Five Weeks to Go ... for the 2020 Census!

If ever there was a year that fortune and a little luck were needed, 2020 is it! As many of you know, the Census Bureau announced that both self-response and field data collection will end on Sept. 30, a month earlier than anticipated.

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Category: Census
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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.