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FEMA Releases 2020 Operational Guidance as Hurricane Season Begins, Capacity Concerns Circulate

Management Agency’s capacity to respond to upcoming natural disasters while leading the national COVID-19 response.

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The census is at once as simple as counting one, two, three, and as complex as democracy itself. The goal has always been to determine how many people are living in the United States—but the reason has been above all else to ensure that political power is distributed according to population.

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Category: Census, COVID-19
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2020 Census Response Rates Are Good—But Not for Everyone

COVID-19 is affecting every aspect of our lives. Like many of you, I haven’t been able to visit my community center, public library or see my friends in person since early March. And, just like all of us, the U.S. Census Bureau is grappling with the pandemic too.

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Category: Census, COVID-19
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COVID-19 Is Calling the Shots: Report Shows Decreased Childhood Immunization Rates

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the way Americans seek health care in numerous ways, including keeping kids at home and out of doctors’ offices.

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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COVID-19 Brings Historic Changes for Citizen Initiatives

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began and consequently limited in-person signature gathering, I’ve often been asked: Which states allow electronic signatures for citizen initiative petitions? Until recently, the answer was none. Now, it’s one.

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Category: Elections
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Memorial Day: A Time for Respect and Remembrance

On Memorial Day, we set aside time to remember and respect the loss of life from the ranks of our military services.

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NCSL Launches Alumni Program for Early Learning Fellows, Releases More COVID-19 Resources

In response to members’ feedback gathered through an independent evaluation of its Early Learning Fellows program, NCSL is developing a new series of advanced learning opportunities available exclusively to alumni of the program. We expect to launch the annual series this July, and alumni can look forward to receiving enrollment information in June.

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Now that the funds have been deposited in state coffers and with fiscal year 2020 coming to a close for most states, lawmakers are grappling with how they can spend the money

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All Elections are Hybrid Elections—Read More in the May Canvass

While many tout the convenience of mail ballots, in this month’s edition of The Canvass, we consider the voters who need or choose to vote in person.

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Need Vote by Mail Information? We’ve Got a Table for That

As election officials and voters consider the value of mail ballots during the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more policymakers want to know how other states handle absentee, or mail, voting.

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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.