Contents | State Legislatures Magazine | May-June 2020


Times Square in New York City was nearly deserted March 19 due to the coronavirus shutdown.

New York City's Times Square was nearly deserted March 19 due to the coronavirus shutdown. 

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Cover Story | “I’ve Never Seen Anything Like This.”

COVID-19 has redefined what constitutes an emergency and how legislatures do business.

  • Double duty for legislators with health care day jobs
    Legislators who are also health care professionals are serving on two fronts these days.

  • Pandemic Leads to ‘Infodemic’
    Policymakers can combat misinformation with facts.

  • Voting After the Virus
    Will elections be changed forever after COVID-19?

  • Policy Impacts of COVID-19
    An overview of just how deep and wide the virus’ influence has been.

  • No News Is Bad News
    Fading local news coverage leaves the public uninformed.


Workers Fit for the Future

States are helping workers evolve with technology.


Legislative Staff Week

Welcome: NCSL Staff Chair Martha Wigton

Focus: Staff Have a Right to Political Expression

Profiles: Meet 6 Legislative Staffers

Toolbox: Mindset Matters in Tough Times


From the Editor

From the Director

Gerald Long is the last in a line of famous Louisiana politicians, plus the latest leadership changes from across the nation.

NCSL on the Hill
NCSL helps secure state funding in two recent federal coronvirus relief measures, D.C. Fly-Ins and more from the capital.

911 call system upgrades, pandemic price gouging, anxiety for public pensions, the federal Family First child welfare law, research clearinghouses.

States got more than a rainy day with COVID-19.

The brighter side of legislative news.

The Final Word
Meet Maine Senate President Troy Jackson.