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States' Control Over Graduate Student Unions

Hawaiian state legislators have introduced legislation to allow graduate students to unionize at the University of Hawaii (UH) several times since 2012, but every attempt has failed—most recently in 2019. Why? 

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Childhood Vaccination Rates Remain Low Amid Pandemic

Vaccination rates for Medicaid beneficiaries under age 2 were nearly 22% lower between March and May than the same period last year, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Michigan, for example, reported an over 20% decrease in the rate of non-flu routine vaccines administered to children 18 years and younger since the state’s stay-at-home order was implemented on March 23.

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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Supreme Court to Decide Legality of Arkansas Medicaid Work Requirements

In Azar v. Gresham and Arkansas v. Gresham the Supreme Court will decide whether it was lawful for the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to allow Arkansas to require certain Medicaid recipients to work or look for work.

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State and Local Legal Center Argues 'Nominal Damages Only' Lawsuit is Moot

Two Georgia Gwinnett College students sued the college over its Freedom of Expression policy, which only allowed students to engage in expressive activities in two designated areas after getting a permit. They sought an injunction preventing the college from enforcing its policy and nominal damages of $1. The college then changed the policy. 

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Supreme Court Prevents New York from Imposing Certain Limits on Attending Religious Services

 In a 5-4 decision in Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, New York v. Cuomo, the Supreme Court has prevented New York Governor Mario Cuomo from enforcing certain restrictions on attendance at religious services due to COVID-19.

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Alaskans Approve Sweeping Election Changes

Election results might be old news in most states, but in Alaska, it’s still breaking news.

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COVID-19 Appears to Exacerbate Risky Driving Behaviors

A couple of months after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., traffic safety experts expressed concern over what they were seeing on the country’s streets and highways. While many Americans were homebound by stay-at-home orders, road fatalities were not decreasing at the expected rate.

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States Leading the Way on Immigrant Integration

NCSL’s Task Force on Immigration and the States has been examining immigration challenges and proposing common sense reforms since it was formed in 2006. This week, task force cochairs Nevada State Senator Mo Denis and Nebraska State Senator John McCollister highlighted success stories in their states for the National Immigration Forum’s Leading the Way conference.

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Category: Immigration
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Celebrating State Innovations on National Rural Health Day 2020

Rural residents across the U.S. may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 due to the aging population, higher rates of underlying chronic disease, and higher likelihood of having a disability.

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Ballot Measures Change Legislative Operations

In addition to establishing or continuing COVID-19 protocols, a handful of states sought voter approval on alterations to legislative operations. These may not be the flashiest of ballot measures—they don’t get the same attention as marijuana or election measures, for example—but they directly affect NCSL’s members and how they members can do their jobs.

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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.