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Reopening the Workplace: Americans Look to Ditch Some Pre-Pandemic Norms

With three approved COVID-19 vaccines now available to the public, health experts predict the country will reach herd immunity – the point at which enough of the population is immune to the virus leaving it nowhere to spread – by as early as mid-summer. Many state policymakers are eager to relax social distancing mandates and reignite their economies. But are Americans ready to go back to the workplace?

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According to state court data, approximately 20 million civil lawsuits are filed each year. Debt collection represents 1 in 4 of these cases and 70% of debt collection hearings result in default judgments in favor of the plaintiffs filing these lawsuits. 

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NCSL Holds Congressional Briefing on State and Local Immigration Priorities

To inform hill staffers about state and local priorities in immigration reform, NCSL, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, and the United States Conference of Mayors will host a March 19th briefing at 11 a.m. ET where a bipartisan panel of state and local elected officials will share their perspectives on immigration reform as well as insights from their communities.

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Register Now: Intergovernmental Partnerships Supporting Prenatal-to-3 Well-Being

To promote intergovernmental action on prenatal-to-3 policies, NCSL is partnering with the National League of Cities (NLC) and the National Association of Counties Research Foundation (NACoRF) to host intergovernmental meetings focused on policy solutions to issues families are facing.

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The Climb: Women and the Legislative Ladder

On Sunday, just before International Women’s Day, NCSL and the American-Israel Friendship League (AIFL) partnered to highlight two U.S. women state legislators and two former members of the Knesset to discuss how women’s paths to legislative leadership are different—and what makes them successful.

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More States Legislate on Permanent Daylight Time

The distain showered on this twice-annual ritual of clock-changing has created a strong state legislative trend over the last four years to dispense with clock-changing and stick with daylight saving time (DST). Citizens truly dislike the disruptive impacts associated with the time change, be it falling back or springing forward and have made that known to their elected representatives.

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Category: Energy
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Time for a Refresh: NCSL’s New and Improved Scope of Practice Policy Website

COVID-19 still got you down? Has all this time you’ve spent at home made you want to renovate your house? We at NCSL can relate–so much that we recently redesigned one of our cherished websites.  

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Category: Health
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SCOTUS Rules Plaintiffs May Bring Lawsuits Asking for Only $1

In Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski the Supreme Court held 8-1 that to have a “redressable injury” required to bring a lawsuit a plaintiff need only ask for nominal damages ($1). The State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) filed an amicus brief in this case asking the court to hold that a lawsuit for nominal damages only is moot. 

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Supreme Court to Decide Malicious Prosecution Case 

In Heck v. Humphrey (1994), the Supreme Court held that a plaintiff can’t bring a civil suit for wrongful conviction unless his or her conviction was “favorably terminated.” But what if charges were dropped and the plaintiff was never convicted?

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SCOTUS to Decide if Puerto Rico Residents are Eligible for SSI

In United States v. Vaello-Madero the Supreme Court will decide whether Congress violated the constitution by failing to extend Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to Puerto Rico

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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.