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Supreme Court Strikes Down California’s Ban on Indoor Religious Services

A divided U.S. Supreme Court struck down California’s “Tier 1” total ban on indoor religious services, while allowing a 25% capacity limitation. Most of the state is currently under Tier 1 COVID-19 restrictions. It also allowed California to continue banning singing and chanting during indoor services.

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How Native American Communities Are Handled for Redistricting

Inquiring minds want to know: how are Native American communities handled for redistricting purposes?

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SCOTUS to Decide Whether Private Party May Exercise Eminent Domain Over State Land

In PennEast Pipeline Co. v. New Jersey the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether a private natural gas company may use the federal government’s eminent-domain power to condemn state land.

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Biden Announces Retroactive Waiver of State Cost Share for COVID-19 FEMA Assistance

After nearly a year since President Donald Trump declared the COVID-19 pandemic a national emergency, President Joe Biden signed a presidential memorandum that directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide emergency COVID-19 assistance under the declaration at 100% federal cost share.

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Addressing Chronic Absence During Covid-19: A Conversation with Bellwether Education Partners

Over the past 10 months, school officials have faced an attendance crisis as an estimated three million students have likely not received any formal education since March 2020.

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The Effect of the COVID-19 Recession on Women in the Workforce 

The COVID-19 pandemic-caused recession has been deemed the largest since World War II, according the World Bank. However, unlike previous economic downturns, the current recession has disproportionately affected women.

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Improving Access to Care: Medicaid, Telehealth and Health Workforce 101

State legislatures have long played an important role in bolstering access to high quality, affordable health care services. And as the country continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, health care access has only become more vital.

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Category: Health
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Medicaid Policy Trends in 2020: COVID, Coverage and Costs

Medicaid, which accounts for a significant portion of state expenditures and also the largest source of federal revenue for states, continues to be a high priority for state policymakers.

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Census Apportionment Delayed Until End of April

Politicos have been waiting, waiting, waiting … to know how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House for the next 10 years. We don’t have the answer for you, but we now know when we will know: by the end of April.

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Category: Census, COVID-19
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Growing State Support for Agritourism Amid the Pandemic

Did you make your way through a corn maze this year, pick a pumpkin, blueberries or apples, or enjoy a socially distanced wine tasting or gourmet dinner at a nearby farm? They all fall under the umbrella of agritourism and are increasingly seen as a way for farms and ranches to broaden their appeal and add to their bottom line.

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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.