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States Turn to Medicaid to Support Behavioral Health Needs Due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated trauma, isolation and economic insecurity exacerbated existing behavioral health problems and created new ones.

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers: Increase Access, Decreasing Costs

Access to quality behavioral health care has long been a priority for many legislators. Using quality health research and data helps legislators create evidence-informed policies

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Category: Health
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A Real Racket: Combatting Illegal Gambling Machines

Many state legislatures across the country introduced legislation during their 2021 legislative sessions that would strengthen laws designed to combat illegal gambling machines—machines that are not licensed by gaming authorities, not regulated to ensure consumers get a fair shake, and do not provide any tax revenue to state governments.

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Census Bureau Announces Traditional Redistricting Data Not Recommended for Use This Decade

The Census Bureau released a blog yesterday describing what the redistricting data will look like when it is released in three weeks. It will reflect the demographic changes and shifts that normally occur every 10 years, but it will also show the effects of the COVID pandemic and differential privacy.

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Policy Options To Improve Access to and Uptake of Vaccines: New Resources

Vaccines are a safe and effective public health tool that are key to keeping communities healthy. Nonetheless, they can also be a challenging policy issue in state legislatures.

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Category: Health
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July Canvass: Voting Challenges and Solutions for Citizens Abroad

Watermarks grace our passports, the cash in our wallets, and now even our ballots. Some states, such as California and Tennessee, require watermarks on their ballots to prevent counterfeit ballots from being processed and counted.

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Category: Elections
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NCSL Intern Dives Into Elections Research

Diana Jordan, a rising senior at Stanford University from Sacramento, Calif., majoring in political science, is a summer intern in NCSL's Elections Program. She produced this Q&A blog for Stanford's Bill Lane Center for the American West.

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Category: NCSL, Elections
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Supreme Court to Decide Maine School Choice Case

In Carson v. Makin the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether Maine has violated the U.S. Constitution by refusing to fund, as part of a generally available student-aid program, attending schools that provide religious, or “sectarian,” instruction.

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Salt Lake City Bound: Let's Talk All Things Redistricting

What’s really great is that we have the nation’s redistricting experts gathered all in one place. We have litigators who can go toe-to-toe in a courtroom, but in Salt Lake City, they’ll be sitting side-by-side on the stage, sharing their expertise.

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NCSL, Lawmakers Brief Congressional Staff on Importance of Infrastructure Funding

Encouraged by the recent bipartisan talks between Congress and the White House, NCSL held a virtual briefing for congressional staff on Capitol Hill stressing the importance of infrastructure as a top state budget and policy priority.

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About the NCSL Blog

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.