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Learn About the House From Home: Resources for Remote Civics Learning

NCSL, along with state legislatures and other  organizations provide a wide range of resources (some state specific) for those seeking  to learn, or teach, about state legislatures, separation of powers and how to get involved in state and local government.

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COVID-19 Slows the Clean Energy Workforce

Several states have pursued legislation designed to expand the number of clean energy jobs in their state, including legislation that creates new requirements or funding mechanisms for expanding the already-growing clean energy workforce.

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Let’s explore some best practices designed to maximize our home-based effectiveness, both as individual staffers, and as leaders and managers of staff teams. For optimum results, experts in the telework field suggest employing the three Rs: routine, rules and relationships.

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Driving Down, but Speeding Up During COVID-19 Crisis

Anecdotal evidence suggested that extreme speeding was on the rise even through fewer cars were in the roads. In several states, police started seeing an increase in excessive speeds primarily on highways, but also on city streets. In Colorado, one person was caught going 128 mph in a 55-mph zone. 

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Welcome to Legislative Staff Week | Meet Jackie Osborne, Alabama Staff Senate

NCSL will use this week to shine a spotlight on the often-unsung heroes of our state legislatures and the leadership and resiliency on display. In addition to highlighting staff members on the NCSL Blog and in State Legislatures magazine, NCSL will host a webinar and podcast geared specifically towards legislative staff.

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Amid COVID-19, Primaries Continue

With state primaries, the big story this year is about changing dates and changing processes. In 2016, 10 states held their state primaries in April and May. This year, just four states have done, or will do, so—and all of these elections are relying more than ever on absentee, or mail, voting.

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Phases of Federal Financial Response to Coronavirus for States

The federal government has enacted several major response measures to help states mitigate the public health and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

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'Building Democracy' Podcast Episode 2: The Story of Legislatures Through the Revolution

The relationship between the colonies and England remained positive throughout most of the colonial period. Even in the midst of the conflict, roughly half of the American population remained loyal to the crown. So, what happened?

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COVID-19 Closure Case Arrives at SCOTUS

A number of Pennsylvania business owners have requested the U.S. Supreme Court stay enforcement of 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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SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Health Insurers in Affordable Care Act Case

In Maine Community Health Options v. United States, the Supreme Court held 8-1 that health insurance plans can sue the federal government to recover unpaid Risk Corridors payments under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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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.