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U.S. Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Law to Remain in Place

In a 5-4 decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson the Supreme Court allowed Texas’s abortion law to remain in effect while it is further litigated in the lower courts.

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New NCSL Resource: Shining a Light on Optometrists

NCSL’s Scope of Practice Policy website has a new, eye-catching addition: optometrists are now featured as a new practitioner. Providing more than two-thirds of all primary eye and vision health care in the U.S., doctors of optometry, or optometrists, are an important access point to the health care system for many patients.

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Women's Bone Health: Reducing Costs and Promoting Screening

Among the 54 million Americans at risk for osteoporosis, 10.2 million adults have the disease and, of those with the disease, 80% are women. According to the national Osteoporosis and Hip Fracture Index, an estimated 34.4% of these cases are women between 65 to 74 and 38.5% are women over 80.

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Category: Health
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To support legislators and their staff interested in deepening their knowledge on the inequities of early childhood, NCSL held a five-part series for alumni of its Early Childhood Fellows program. NCSL engaged more than 10 nationally renowned experts who presented on topics impacting young children and their families.

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There’s No Place Like Home: Delivering Care at Home Remains a Priority for States

More than half of Medicaid spending on long-term services and supports (LTSS) currently supports home and community-based services (HCBS) rather than institutional care (e.g., long-term care facilities).

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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SCOTUS Requires Biden Administration to Reinstate 'Remain in Mexico'

The Fifth Circuit preliminarily ordered the Biden administration to reinstate the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as “Remain in Mexico," on Aug. 15.  This policy authorizes the federal government to “return certain third-country nationals arriving in the United States to Mexico or Canada for the duration of their removal proceedings.”

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2021 Prescription Drug Policy Trends: In Bipartisan Fashion

Like fashion, trends in health policy come and go—and aren’t always to everyone’s taste. Unlike bell-bottoms, when state lawmakers returned to work for the 2021 session, they were eager to find policy levers palatable to both parties.

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Category: Health
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SLLC Files Supreme Court Brief Supporting NYC Police Officer

In Thompson v. Clark, Larry Thompson asserts that before suing police officers for “unreasonable seizure pursuant to legal process,” a plaintiff must await favorable termination of the criminal proceeding against him or her.

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SLLC Files Supreme Court Brief in Billboard Case

In the City of Austin, Texas v. Reagan National Advertising of Texas Inc., the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) argues in a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief that states and local governments should be able to regulate off-premises billboards differently than on-premises signs.

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Voting While Homeless? You Bet

In 2020, the population of people experiencing homelessness in the United States was 580,466, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Generally, about a third of this group is likely to be registered but just 10% actually vote.

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Category: NCSL, Elections
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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.