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Opinion: Notion of 'Unnecessary' Aid to State and Local Governments a 'Myth'

The argument that states and local governments don't  need the $350 billion aid proposed in the $1.9 stimulus bill soon to get a vote in the Senate is misguided, according to an opinion piece in Governing magazine.

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Alejandro Mayorkas, the new Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the creation of eight grant programs totaling $1.87 billion. Their purpose? To “assist our state and local partners in building and sustain capabilities to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other disasters.”

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The Lost Wage Assistance Program

The Lost Wage Assistance will be administered by the states and territories through a grant agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency–grants can be applied for at grants.gov.

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Kavanaugh Allows Illinois Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order With Religious Exemption to Stand

Without explanation, without referring the matter to the entire Supreme Court, and without calling for a response, Justice Brett Kavanaugh denied a request for an emergency injunction to strike down Illinois Governor Pritzker’s executive order limiting gatherings to 50 people while exempting religious gathering. 

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 Health, Human Service Highlights From Second COVID-19 Relief Bill

Congress passed and the president signed into law the second piece of COVID-19 relief legislation, HR 6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Congress has already set their sights on passing a third COVID-19 relief package.

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Supreme Court to Decide What States May do about 'Faithless Electors'

Washington state could not have summarized this case in one sentence better than this:  “[T]his case gives the Court the rare opportunity to decide a constitutional question related to presidential selection in a non-emergency setting.” 

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Time Passages: Could Clock-Switching Be on the Way Out?

Our national, twice yearly ritual of changing clocks occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday, as the official national time shifts from daylight saving time (DST) back to standard time, except for those places that stay on standard time year-round, namely Arizona (except for the Navajo Nation), Hawaii,  American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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In New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York, New York the Supreme Court agreed to decide whether New York City’s ban on transporting a handgun to a home or shooting range outside city limits violates the Second Amendment, the Commerce Clause or the constitutional right to travel.

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School Bus Safety On and Off the Bus

The federal role in improving school bus safety was the focus of a hearing last week by the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

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Highlights From the 'Unified Agenda' Regulatory Actions

The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has released the Spring 2019 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. Commonly known as the “Unified Agenda,” the report is a semiannual update on the administration’s past, present and anticipated regulatory actions across the federal government.

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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.