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Justices Signal the Entire ACA Is Unlikely to Be Overturned

The Supreme Court heard oral argument Tuesday in California v. Texas, a case where it is possible the Supreme Court could rule that a portion of the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional and strike down the entire law if it rules the individual mandate cannot be severed from the rest of the ACA.

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Honoring the Warriors Among Us

Visitors to our nation’s capital can add a new landmark to their must-see list. The National Native American Veterans Memorial will be unveiled to the public this Veterans Day on the grounds of the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian.

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National Apprenticeship Week: Celebrating the Benefits of a Skilled Workforce

The U.S. Department of Labor this week recognizes apprentices, apprenticeships, employers, and other partners with National Apprenticeship Week.

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New National Suicide Hotline

With the pandemic exacerbating the rate of suicide, Congress has stepped in and passed a new law designating “988” as a new national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline, connecting individuals directly to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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Tribal Land and Nation Acknowledgement

Higher education institutions and non-profit organizations have taken steps in recent years to formally acknowledge Indigenous people as the traditional stewards of the land where the particular entity is located or is holding a meeting.

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COVID19 Crisis Shifts Priorities for Legislative IT Staff

In an August survey, key information technology CIOs and directors in state legislatures said they have shifted priorities and provided new services to meet the demands of a remote workforce and to support virtual legislative sessions and hearings.

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State Vote 2020: Leadership Updates

Going into Election Day, we expected 22 of the 99 chambers to lose their top leader, mostly from term limits and retirements. Though, four top leaders lost their primaries earlier in the year: West Virginia Senate, New Mexico Senate; Delaware Senate and Alaska Senate.

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State Elections 2020: Post-Election Ballot Measure Updates

So far, voters have passed at least 76 of 124 statewide ballot measures, with a large handful still waiting to be called—especially in the western states.

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2020 Legislative Election Results: It’s Status Quo in the States

For the visual learners out there, compare the postelection map of legislative control against the map of preelection control. Can you spot the differences? Probably not. At this point there are no changes. That is phenomenal in and of itself.

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Supreme Court Denies Prison Officers Qualified Immunity

In a very brief, unauthored opinion the U.S. Supreme Court denied qualified immunity in Taylor v. Riojas to a number of correctional officers who confined Trent Taylor to a “pair of shockingly unsanitary cells” for six days. The court didn’t hear oral argument in this case, and Justice Amy Coney Barrett didn’t participate in it. 

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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.