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Price Gouging in an Emergency or Disaster

Hand sanitizer selling for $40, toilet paper for $80. Stories like these have turned public attention to the practice of price gouging during the coronavirus outbreak. And state lawmakers are acting.

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State Legislatures Magazine: Are We Ready for the Centenarians?

If you need a break from COVID-19 news, check your mailboxes for the latest issue of State Legislatures magazine, coming the last week of March.

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Category: Magazine, COVID-19
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Colorado Abolishes Capital Punishment

Colorado became the 22nd state to abolish capital punishment when Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 100 yesterday.

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Work at Home Assignment: Get Counted

I just completed the census questionnaire for our household last night. Amid a sea of uncertainty, this was one task that I could affirmatively and completely say, “I did it!”

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Category: Census, COVID-19
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States Win SCOTUS Pirate/Sovereign Immunity Copyright Case

In Allen v. Cooper the Supreme Court held unanimously that a state cannot be sued for copyright infringement. In short, the court found that Congress lacked the authority to strip states of their sovereign immunity in the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act of 1990.

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SCOTUS: Race Must Be 'But For' Cause in Employment Discrimination Suits

In Comcast v. National Association of African-American Owned Media the Supreme Court held unanimously that a plaintiff who sues under 42 U.S.C. §1981 must plead and prove that race was the but-for cause of his or her injury.

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12 States Pass Budget Legislation, Others Adjust Revenue Estimates  

At a time when the coronavirus outbreak has changed everyday life, states are at the front line, shields out, ready to combat the pandemic. Many states are responding swiftly, but will it be enough? 

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Alaska Lawmaker Part of New COVID-19 Website

NCSL has been tracking state actions on the new coronavirus (COVID-19) for a couple of weeks. Now, maybe, it’s time to track legislators' individual actions on it. Here’s a starting place.

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What Costs Do Patients Face During a Global Pandemic?

As the number of confirmed coronavirus disease cases continues to rise across the United States, bolstering access to COVID-19 testing and treatment is a growing concern.

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​​​​​​​Labor, Economy Provisions of Second COVID-19 Relief Bill

Congress passed and the president signed into law the second piece of COVID-19 relief legislation, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Congress has already set its sights on passing a third COVID-19 relief package.

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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.