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California the Latest State to Embrace Voting By Mail

California is now the sixth state in the nation with plans to conduct its November general election by mailing ballots to all voters.

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SCOTUS Overturns 'Bridgegate' Fraud Convictions

In Kelly v. United States the Supreme Court unanimously overturned the federal fraud convictions of the Bridgegate masterminds because they didn’t seek to obtain money or property.

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Self-Care Tips to Avoid Burnout and Decision Fatigue

As this week draws to a close, NCSL extends our gratitude to the legislative staff across the country who are working to support the legislative process when each day brings new, unprecedented challenges.

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Category: COVID-19
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With no details or dissents, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for an emergency stay of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision upholding Governor Tom Wolf’s executive order “compelling the closure of the physical operations of all businesses and entities that he deemed to be nonlife-sustaining.” 

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Today is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, which highlights the growing need for children’s mental health resources. The nationwide annual campaign is hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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Drones Aiding Fight Against COVID-19

A small, but growing corps of so-called “pandemic drones” have helped deliver food, medicine and enforce social distancing measures.

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Category: Transportation
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Legislative Staff Week: Staff Snapshots

We recently caught up with several legislative staff from around the country to find out what they love about the legislature, insights for their peers and how they’re coping during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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​​​​​​​ How Is Live SCOTUS Oral Argument Different?

Beginning this week for the first time ever the Supreme Court is holding oral argument over the phone and allowing the public to listen in live. Today’s argument in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania illustrates the myriad ways live, phone argument is different from the traditional in-person version.  

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“Be First, Be Right, Be Credible” – Crisis Communications from the Legislature

Those words of wisdom come from the Centers for Disease Control and are applicable to every branch of government. While it’s not always possible to be first, legislative staff can control the factual content of their message and the credibility of their members.

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COVID-19 Disrupts College Admissions

The traditional recruiting and admissions process, which was already slated to become vastly more competitive due to changes adopted by college admissions officers late last year, has been completely changed by the pandemic.

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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.