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Today is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, which highlights the growing need for children’s mental health resources. The nationwide annual campaign is hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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Drones Aiding Fight Against COVID-19

A small, but growing corps of so-called “pandemic drones” have helped deliver food, medicine and enforce social distancing measures.

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Category: Transportation
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Legislative Staff Week: Staff Snapshots

We recently caught up with several legislative staff from around the country to find out what they love about the legislature, insights for their peers and how they’re coping during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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​​​​​​​ How Is Live SCOTUS Oral Argument Different?

Beginning this week for the first time ever the Supreme Court is holding oral argument over the phone and allowing the public to listen in live. Today’s argument in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania illustrates the myriad ways live, phone argument is different from the traditional in-person version.  

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“Be First, Be Right, Be Credible” – Crisis Communications from the Legislature

Those words of wisdom come from the Centers for Disease Control and are applicable to every branch of government. While it’s not always possible to be first, legislative staff can control the factual content of their message and the credibility of their members.

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COVID-19 Disrupts College Admissions

The traditional recruiting and admissions process, which was already slated to become vastly more competitive due to changes adopted by college admissions officers late last year, has been completely changed by the pandemic.

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Learn About the House From Home: Resources for Remote Civics Learning

NCSL, along with state legislatures and other  organizations provide a wide range of resources (some state specific) for those seeking  to learn, or teach, about state legislatures, separation of powers and how to get involved in state and local government.

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COVID-19 Slows the Clean Energy Workforce

Several states have pursued legislation designed to expand the number of clean energy jobs in their state, including legislation that creates new requirements or funding mechanisms for expanding the already-growing clean energy workforce.

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Let’s explore some best practices designed to maximize our home-based effectiveness, both as individual staffers, and as leaders and managers of staff teams. For optimum results, experts in the telework field suggest employing the three Rs: routine, rules and relationships.

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Driving Down, but Speeding Up During COVID-19 Crisis

Anecdotal evidence suggested that extreme speeding was on the rise even through fewer cars were in the roads. In several states, police started seeing an increase in excessive speeds primarily on highways, but also on city streets. In Colorado, one person was caught going 128 mph in a 55-mph zone. 

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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.