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New NCSL Resource: Shining a Light on Optometrists

NCSL’s Scope of Practice Policy website has a new, eye-catching addition: optometrists are now featured as a new practitioner. Providing more than two-thirds of all primary eye and vision health care in the U.S., doctors of optometry, or optometrists, are an important access point to the health care system for many patients.

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SEED Collaborative Examines Policies for Inclusive Pandemic Recovery

In November 2020, the State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED) created the COVID-19 Policy Collaborative for an Inclusive Recovery to address the effects of the pandemic on employment for people with disabilities. This ccollaborative was composed of SEED’s partners, along with other key stakeholders and subject matter experts. 

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Results of Supreme Court Takings Case Mixed for States and Local Governments

In Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, the Supreme Court held 6-3 that a California regulation allowing union organizers access to agriculture employers’ property to solicit support for unionization up to three hours a day, 120 days a year is a per se physical taking under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. 

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New Evidence-Based Policymaking Resources Share Lessons and Takeaways

Evidence-based policymaking can help state policymakers allocate resources to programs that are effective, promote innovation, and build a culture of continuous learning and improvement.

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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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The Effect of the COVID-19 Recession on Women in the Workforce 

The COVID-19 pandemic-caused recession has been deemed the largest since World War II, according the World Bank. However, unlike previous economic downturns, the current recession has disproportionately affected women.

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ADA 30: Looking Ahead

Jan. 1 marked the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Signed in 1990, the ADA ushered in a new era of opportunity and inclusion for people with disabilities across the country. Since its passage, the landmark legislation sought to erase barriers to employment by requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations to workers with disabilities.

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States' Control Over Graduate Student Unions

Hawaiian state legislators have introduced legislation to allow graduate students to unionize at the University of Hawaii (UH) several times since 2012, but every attempt has failed—most recently in 2019. Why? 

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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Significant Land Use Case

The Supreme Court has required governments to pay “just compensation” to property owners where the government “requires an owner to suffer a permanent physical invasion of her property—however minor.” 

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30 Years of Protection for Substance Use and Mental Illness Under the ADA

When President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990, it became the most sweeping piece of civil rights legislation ever enacted for people with disabilities.

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