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June Canvass: Nevada, Vermont Establish Statewide All-Mail Elections

In a year when headlines have been abuzz with states potentially limiting absentee and mail voting, the number of states with universal mail voting has just increased by 40%.

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Category: Elections
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Supreme Court Upholds Free Exercise Clause and Rules Against City

The U.S. Supreme Court held unanimously in Fulton v. Philadelphia that the city of Philadelphia violated the First Amendment when it refused to contract with Catholic Social Service to certify foster care families because CSS refuses to work with same-sex couples.

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In a 7-2 opinion in California v. Texas, the Supreme Court held that neither the individual nor the state plaintiffs had standing to challenge as unconstitutional the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to obtain health insurance following Congress setting the penalty at $0 in 2017. 

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Colorado Supreme Court Limits Legislature’s Role in Redistricting

Independent redistricting commissions. You’ve heard about them. You may even have an idea of what they are. But the degree of “independence” as contemplated by legislators and advocates varies, and those variations show up in codification.

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Read the Details on Increased Medicaid Funds for Home and Community Based Services

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act includes several flexibilities for state Medicaid programs, including  provisions allowing states to receive increased federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) funding for different services.

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Category: Health
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Gorsuch Rejects Broad Challenge to Colorado COVID-19 Restrictions

Acting alone, Justice Neil Gorsuch refused to rule on an emergency petition challenging Colorado’s disaster emergency statute, meaning the statute remains in place.

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In United States v. Cooley the U.S. Supreme Court held unanimously that an Indian tribe police officer may temporarily detain and search a non-Indian on a public right-of-way that runs through an Indian reservation, based on a suspected violation of state or federal law.

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San Antonio Loses Supreme Court Appellate Costs Case

In City of San Antonio, Texas v. Hotels.com the U.S. Supreme Court held unanimously that federal district courts may not alter a court of appeals’ allocation of appellate costs.

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Managing Costs in Medicaid—Practical Options for Reducing Spending, Improving Outcomes

With Medicaid accounting for nearly 30% of total state spending on average and significant enrollment increases over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers seek options to manage state spending on Medicaid programs.

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Category: Health
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'Differential Privacy' Heats Up Census Voting Debate

While we wait for redistricting data to arrive in August, there’s a little-known but hot-hot issue in the redistricting world: differential privacy, the system chosen by the U.S. Census Bureau to protect the privacy of census responses.

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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.