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State Legislatures Magazine: 'Are High Unemployment Rates Here for the Long Term?'

As the economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic surged to levels unseen since the Great Recession, economists and state policymakers are contemplating if high unemployment rates will hobble the U.S. economy for an extended period.

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Messages to Help Your Constituents Vote

At NCSL we’re usually thinking about what lawmakers need to know. Yet as the elections team fields more and more voter questions, we thought we’d take a moment to consider what voters need to know—and how legislators can help.

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The Lost Wage Assistance Program

The Lost Wage Assistance will be administered by the states and territories through a grant agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency–grants can be applied for at grants.gov.

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Supreme Court OKs Consent Decree Changing Rhode Island Mail Ballot Requirements

The Supreme Court refused to overturn a consent decree in which Rhode Island state government officials agreed, due to COVID-19, to not enforce state law requiring the signature of two witnesses or a notary public for mail ballots.

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SCOTUS Won't Let Lower Court Rewrite Oregon Ballot Initiative Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court has not allowed a federal district court order to go into effect which required Oregon to include a ballot initiative with only 50% of the signatures required by Oregon’s constitution, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Child Care Bills Pass the House With Bipartisan Support

In a rare showing of bipartisanship, the House passed two bills on July 29—the Child Care Is Essential Act (HR 7027) and the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act (HR 7327).

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Congress Takes Another Look at the Rights of College Athletes

In September 2019, California passed legislation allowing college athletes to receive compensation for the use of their names images and likenesses beginning in 2023, launching a debate about what rights student-athletes have and the rules the National Collegiate Athletic Association has had in place for decades.

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Legislative Trends in Education Funding

Declines in state revenue, coupled with the rising costs of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, have forced legislators to make difficult decisions about how to allocate state education dollars. While several states continue to revise their FY 2021 budgets to reflect adjusted revenue projects, most have enacted new budgets.

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COVID-19 Contributes to More Than Weird Dreams

If there’s one thing most everyone can agree on, it’s that life during a pandemic is stressful. Changes in schedules, economic uncertainty, work and school changes, and a little too much family or alone time can all add up and make us feel anxious, worried or depressed.

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Renewable Natural Gas: Up-and-Coming Renewable Energy Contender?

As states consider clean energy goals and efforts to reduce emissions across the transportation and power sectors, some state legislatures, utilities and the natural gas industry are examining the potential for renewable natural gas.

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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.