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What Might a Justice Barrett Mean for States and Local Governments?

The confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett begin on Monday. She undoubtably will be asked about her views on the Affordable Care Act, guns, and abortion. Like her predecessors, she will try to say as little as possible about her views on hot button issues. But what about her thoughts on less controversial topics the Supreme Court decides on a more regular basis, upon which states and local governments may have more agreement like land use, qualified immunity, and free speech?

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Experts Prepare for Healthy Election Day—Read More in the October Canvass

During this pandemic, we hear a lot of talk about healthy people, healthy practices, even healthy democracy. So what about healthy elections?

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Category: Elections
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U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Judge-Made Change to South Carolina Absentee Voting Requirement

In Andino v. Middleton the Supreme Court has continued its trend of striking down judge-made changes to state election laws in response to COVID-19.

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Supreme Court to Decide Significant Voting Case

In Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether Arizona’s refusal to count out-of-precinct votes violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and whether Arizona’s limits on third-party ballot collection violate Section 2 of the VRA and the 15th Amendment.

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Celebrations Begin for 75th Anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

This is a historic year for people with disabilities. The new decade marks 30 years since the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the cornerstone of civil rights legislation for people with disabilities.

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Millennial Retirement: COVID Fallout for a Generation in Need of a Financial Foothold

In 2016, millennials became the largest generation in the U.S. labor force according to the Pew Research Center, surpassing both the Gen Xers and baby boomers for the first time.

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State Elections 2020: Elections Ballot Measures

A year that has roiled the world in unimagined ways has ushered in unprecedented changes to election policy through legislation, executive orders and court rulings.

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 Responding to 'Murder Hornets' Before States Get Stung

The Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia) is a new invasive pest in North America that if left unchecked has the potential to devastate honey bee colonies in some states.

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State Elections 2020: What We’ll Be Watching on Election Night

When it’s campaign season for legislators, it’s election prep season at NCSL.

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State Elections 2020: Redistricting Ballot Measures

At the beginning of the year, it looked like this could be a busy November for redistricting ballot measures: Citizens initiatives were organizing in more than half a dozen states, and legislatures were considering several referral measures of their own. Then COVID-19 hit, and the difficulties of political organizing during a pandemic stymied many groups. In the end, three redistricting measures made it on the ballot, all of which were referred to the ballot by legislatures.

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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.