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DHS Proposes New DACA Rule, Seeking Comments

The Department of Homeland Security last week released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.

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Legislators Focus on Adult Learners

The challenges facing adult students, the role of competency-based education, and potential state policy solutions were highlights of the Legislative Policy Bootcamp: Serving Adult Learners in Higher Education held last month in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Category: Education
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SLLC Asks SCOTUS to Allow Cause for Concealed-Carry

In New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether states and local governments may prevent persons from obtaining a concealed-carry license for self-defense if they lack “proper cause.”

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DOE Solar Futures Study Highlights Opportunities, Challenge of Large-Scale Solar Deployment

A recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has sparked debate over the potential for solar power to produce nearly half of the nation’s electricity by 2050—an immense and complicated goal for a technology that currently accounts for only 3% of power generation.  

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Category: Energy
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Governance, Best Practices Highlight Early Learning Team Meeting

Early learning governance, best practices and the impact on the workforce were the highlights of  NCSL’s Early Learning Team’s recent meeting.

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Category: Education
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Supreme Court Adds Spiritual Advisor Lethal Injection Case to Docket

In Ramirez v. Collier the U.S. Supreme Court may decide whether Texas prison officials violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) by disallowing John Henry Ramirez’s spiritual advisor to vocalize prayers and lay his hands on Ramirez as Ramirez is executed by lethal injection. The Supreme Court will hear oral argument in this case on Nov. 1.   

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Happy International Day of Democracy!

Created in 2007 by the United Nations, the International Day of Democracy promotes democratic governance among UN Charter nations and the human rights conferred under democratic systems, such as power, full participation and personal agency.

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Category: Elections
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SLLC Asks SCOTUS To Rule on Scope of Rehabilitation Act

In CVS Pharmacy v. Doe, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether disability disparate impact claims may be brought under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and therefore under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Does are individuals living with HIV/AIDS who rely on employer-sponsored health plans for their medications. 

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NCSL’s Task Force on Innovations in State Health Systems gathered in person in August to discuss public health investments and innovations, and what states can do to lay groundwork for stronger public health systems beyond the pandemic.

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Category: Health
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NCSL’s American Democracy Game Named 2021 Game of the Year!

Creative Child Magazine has named NCSL’s American Democracy Game its 2021 Game of the Year.

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Category: NCSL
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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.