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Earlier this year more than 70 state lawmakers from 33 states and Puerto Rico gathered in Fort Myers, Fla., to learn about and identify common ground on criminal justice policy.

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Bridging the Gap to Youth Mental Health During COVID-19

While transitioning to online classes and teaching may affect a students’ ability to learn, closures may also affect their mental health and access to services and contribute to increased challenges at home. 

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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COVID-19: New and Updated CDC Guidance for Certain Groups and Settings

From keeping up on public health recommendations to abiding state or local orders, everyone has a role to play during a pandemic.

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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Combating Misinformation During an 'Infodemic'

As COVID-19 spreads across the world and throughout the United States, so too does misinformation, creating what data and health scientists at the World Health Organization (WHO) deem an “infodemic.”

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How Vote-From-Home Works in Utah

Utah uses a vote-by-mail (or, to use the newest phrase, vote-at-home) system, in which all registered voters are sent a ballot. It’s the same as absentee voting in any state, but in Utah (and Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington), all voters get a ballot, no request required.

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The coronavirus pandemic has significantly affected first responders across America as some 911 call centers experience a record number of calls and frontline workers grapple with new and unknown circumstances.

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Higher Education Provisions in CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law by President Trump on March 27, provides funding and flexibilities for higher education institutions to respond to the COVID-19 emergency.

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Coronavirus Prompts Election Delays—Read More in the April Canvass

Georgia—one of the first states to delay a primary election in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic—has delayed its state and presidential preference primaries for a second time.

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How States Are Leveraging Their Medicaid Programs to Respond to COVID-19

Often when state policy makers discuss Medicaid, the focus is on restraining costs, reducing waste and improving outcomes. With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conversation is shifting to leveraging current Medicaid programs and infrastructure to meet increasing demand for health care services.

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Clock Starts to Tick for FY 2021 Budgets

The coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home orders have wreaked havoc on fiscal year 2021 state budget processes.

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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.