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 Pregnant in a Pandemic: Coronavirus Changes Birth Plans for Many

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed how people seek health care, including how women receive prenatal and postpartum care and how they give birth.

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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FCC Stays Active During COVID

Staying connected has never been so important, and many states are looking more closely at how to ensure reliable, high-speed broadband service.

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June 2 was sort of a Second Super Tuesday, with eight states (Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and South Dakota) and the District of Columbia running either presidential or state primary elections.

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Now Available: NCSL’s 50-State Summary of Redistricting Systems

If you’d asked NCSL’s elections and redistricting team at the beginning of the year what the hottest issues of 2020 would be, we would have said two things: the 2020 elections and the run-up to next year’s redistricting.

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SCOTUS Upholds Lower Court Ruling on California Rule Regarding Church Attendance

Last Friday night, close to midnight, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision rejected a request from a number of California churches to strike down the portion of California governor’s stay-at-home order limiting attendance at places of worship to 25% of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees.

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COVID-19 Contact Tracing: What It Is and How It Is Getting Done in States

Contact tracing may be a new term to many people due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but to public health professionals, it’s old news and has been around for decades.

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FEMA Releases 2020 Operational Guidance as Hurricane Season Begins, Capacity Concerns Circulate

Management Agency’s capacity to respond to upcoming natural disasters while leading the national COVID-19 response.

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The census is at once as simple as counting one, two, three, and as complex as democracy itself. The goal has always been to determine how many people are living in the United States—but the reason has been above all else to ensure that political power is distributed according to population.

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2020 Census Response Rates Are Good—But Not for Everyone

COVID-19 is affecting every aspect of our lives. Like many of you, I haven’t been able to visit my community center, public library or see my friends in person since early March. And, just like all of us, the U.S. Census Bureau is grappling with the pandemic too.

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COVID-19 Is Calling the Shots: Report Shows Decreased Childhood Immunization Rates

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the way Americans seek health care in numerous ways, including keeping kids at home and out of doctors’ offices.

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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.