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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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Child Care Bills Pass the House With Bipartisan Support

In a rare showing of bipartisanship, the House passed two bills on July 29—the Child Care Is Essential Act (HR 7027) and the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act (HR 7327).

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Congress Takes Another Look at the Rights of College Athletes

In September 2019, California passed legislation allowing college athletes to receive compensation for the use of their names images and likenesses beginning in 2023, launching a debate about what rights student-athletes have and the rules the National Collegiate Athletic Association has had in place for decades.

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NCSL’s ‘Relief and Revenue’ Series Highlights Need for Flexible Relief Funding

Congress allocated $150 billion to states, territories, local governments and tribes with the passage of the CARES Act but restrictions on the money has hamstrung some state efforts. Negotiations on the next round of stimulus are underway in Washington and both direct aid to states and greater flexibility in how states can spend the aid are key and contentious issues.

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Amplifying NCSL’s already vociferous efforts to secure additional direct and flexible funding for states, NCSL hosted its first virtual briefing for Senate congressional staff as senators consider the next phase of federal response.

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Phases of Federal Financial Response to Coronavirus for States

The federal government has enacted several major response measures to help states mitigate the public health and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

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A Quick Review of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

The Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act on Tuesday, which provides $310 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses, $100 billion to hospitals for aid and more testing capability, and $60 billion for small business disaster loans. The House is expected to pass the measure Thursday.

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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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 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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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.