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A Quick Review of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

The Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act on Tuesday, which provides $310 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses, $100 billion to hospitals for aid and more testing capability, and $60 billion for small business disaster loans. The House is expected to pass the measure Thursday.

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Prenatal-to-Three Goes Mainstream, Legislators Go to Work

Long before Babies, a new docuseries from Netflix, brought early brain development and the miraculous minds of infants to television screens around the world, state legislators have been considering ways to ensure their youngest constituents begin life with the best opportunities to grow, learn and thrive.

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Early Childhood Mental Health: Reasons for Concern and Ways to Help

In their first few years of life, young children develop essential social and emotional skills, such as regulating emotions, sharing with others and following instructions.

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SCOTUS:  State Jury Verdicts for Serious Crimes Must Be Unanimous

In a fractured 6-3 opinion in Ramos v. Louisiana the Supreme Court held that for convictions of serious crimes state court jury verdicts must be unanimous.

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Lots of Questions as Census Bureau Delays the Count

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau asked Congress for permission to delay its 2020 Census data releases by 120 days.

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SCOTUS Rules Against Bringing State Law Claims in Superfund Case

In a 7-2 decision in Atlantic Richfield v. Christian the Supreme Court held that landowners located on a Superfund site who wanted additional remedies beyond the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plan to clean up the site could not sue in state court,

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COVID-19’s Snowballing Effect on Child Support, Custody, Visitation, Economic Security

As incomes of parents who are ordered to pay child support decrease, child support agencies will see sharp increases in requests for modifications of child support orders.  

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Research: Air Pollution Linked to Higher COVID-19 Death Rate

The COVID-19 pandemic may provide states with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rethink air pollution and its impacts on public health and the environment.

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson to Participate in April 24 Webinar; NCSL Child Care/Welfare Resources

Experts from NCSL, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Council of State Housing Agencies and SchoolHouse Connection will participate in a webinar Friday to discuss provisions in the federal CARES Act and how states are responding to the crisis. HUD Secretary Ben Carson is expected to participate.

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State DOTs Helping Truckers Address Supply Chain Disruptions Amidst COVID-19

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, truck drivers have gone into overdrive to ensure the safe and speedy shipment of essential items such as food, medicine and medical supplies.

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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.