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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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Child Care Workforce: Infants, Toddlers and Providers Entrusted With Their Care

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the child care situation, with growing concerns about the availability of child care as the economy reopens. Some states are taking action to address the impacts of COVID-19 on child care. 

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Category: Human services
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Former NCSL President Debbie Smith Honored With Naming of High School

The Washoe County School Board has voted to rename a high school after the late Nevada state Senator Debbie Smith, who passed away from brain cancer in 2016.

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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Chronic Conditions and COVID-19: Keeping Care Close, at a Distance

People with underlying heart or lung conditions or compromised immune systems have a significantly higher risk of severe complications and death from COVID-19.

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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Spring 2020 Legislative Staff Week: Kudos to You!

Say what you will about these unprecedented, challenging and bizarre times, they clearly have brought out the best in legislative staff—most notably, their resiliency, creativity and compassion—and, happily, these efforts have not gone unnoticed.

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COVID-19: Energy’s ‘Essential’ Role Isn’t Backed By Law

State by state over the course of the past two months governors have closed “non-essential” businesses and directed residents to stay at home for all but “essential” activities. The scope of these orders and what’s considered “essential” can vary significantly depending on the state.

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Category: Energy, COVID-19
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California the Latest State to Embrace Voting By Mail

California is now the sixth state in the nation with plans to conduct its November general election by mailing ballots to all voters.

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SCOTUS Overturns 'Bridgegate' Fraud Convictions

In Kelly v. United States the Supreme Court unanimously overturned the federal fraud convictions of the Bridgegate masterminds because they didn’t seek to obtain money or property.

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Self-Care Tips to Avoid Burnout and Decision Fatigue

As this week draws to a close, NCSL extends our gratitude to the legislative staff across the country who are working to support the legislative process when each day brings new, unprecedented challenges.

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Category: COVID-19
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With no details or dissents, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for an emergency stay of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision upholding Governor Tom Wolf’s executive order “compelling the closure of the physical operations of all businesses and entities that he deemed to be nonlife-sustaining.” 

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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.