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COVID-19 Brings Renewed Focus to Clogs in the System

The coronavirus has exacerbated a problem that has been congealing in pipes across the country for some time— the disposal of wipes down the toilet along with other substances that are clogging wastewater systems.

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Financial Education Tips for Navigating a Pandemic

April is Financial Literacy Month. Finding the right balance of where, when and how to teach financial education continues to be debated and discussed by policymakers in the states.

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SCOTUS Rules State Legislatures Can’t Copyright Statutory Annotations

In Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org the Supreme Court held 5-4 that non-binding, explanatory legal materials created by state legislatures cannot be copyrighted.

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COVID-19: States Protect Access to Vital Energy Services

As millions of Americans face financial uncertainty due to the national coronavirus response, policymakers in many states are acting to inject a measure of stability by ensuring no one loses access to essential services, such as electricity, gas or water.

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SCOTUS: Gun Case Is Moot

In a two-page per curiam (unauthored) opinion in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York, the Supreme Court held that a challenge to New York City’s rule disallowing residents to transport firearms to a second home or shooting range outside of the city is moot.

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SCOTUS Takes Middle of the Road Position in Groundwater Clean Water Act Case

In County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund the Supreme Court held 6-3 that when there is a “functional equivalent of a direct discharge” from a point source to navigable waters an appropriate permit is required under the Clean Water Act. 

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SNAP Food Assistance Flexibilities Grow During COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic and the resulting shuttering of the economy has caused more than 22 million workers across the country to seek unemployment benefits. That loss of income forced many Americans to question how they will put food on the table for their families. Many have turned to our nation's largest federal food aid program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for help.

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Education Department Releases Application for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

The CARES Act provides a $14.25 billion Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund for institutions of higher education to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SCOTUS and COVID-19

The U.S> Supreme Court is known for its ceaselessness. Government shutdowns, snowstorms, anthrax and vacancies haven’t slowed down the high court. But it has not been spared by this global pandemic.

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State Reserve Funds Likely to Fall Short

After the Great Recession, states took measures to ensure they were better positioned for the next economic downturn by rebuilding their budget stabilization funds, or rainy day funds as they are often called.

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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.