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Capitol to Capitol | June 17, 2024

June 17, 2024

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NCSL Updates

NCSL State-Federal Briefing: Federal Child Care Landscape Friday, June 21, 2024 | 3 p.m. ET

Child care and early childhood education are priorities for federal and state policymakers alike. Join us for a briefing on the federal child care landscape, including an overview of existing funding streams and a discussion of bipartisan support for child care legislation. Register here

NCSL Policy Submission Deadline Approaching

July 8 is the deadline to submit all new policy directives and resolutions for consideration at the NCSL Legislative Summit in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 5-7. Read more

Administration Updates

Consumer Finance Watchdog Proposes Ban on Medical Bills in Credit Reports

The proposal by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau would stop credit reporting companies from sharing medical debts with lenders and prohibit lenders from making lending decisions based on medical information. The agency says the proposal would allow individuals to improve their credit scores and avoid intimidating debt collection practices, while preventing lenders from making decisions solely based on misleading or false medical information. CFPB research found that medical debt on an individual’s credit report is not an accurate predictor of loan repayment. Comments are due by Aug. 12. Read more

Health Resources Administration Awards $11M Grants to Rural Health Residency Programs

Fifteen rural health organizations received $11 million each to establish residency programs in family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and psychiatry in underserved rural areas in 14 states. Each grantee will receive $750,000 over a three-year period to build their program.

The initiative is part of the Rural Residency Planning and Development Program, which has established 46 accredited rural residency programs and been approved to train 575 resident physicians. Over 150 new residents matched this year.

See the full list of awardees and states.

Court Updates

Supreme Court Rules Starbucks Did Not Engage in Unfair Labor Practices

In Starbucks Corp. v. McKinney, the justices had to determine whether the National Labor Relations Board acted within its discretion and statutory authority when it sought a preliminary injunction that would require Starbucks to reinstate employees it fired because of their attempt to unionize and for speaking to the media about that. Twenty-one states, led by Tennessee, filed as amici in the case, arguing that the National Labor Relations Board’s interpretation of its injunctive relief provision is a federal overreach, improperly impacting the separation of powers doctrine and usurping states’ traditional powers over employment issues. The court agreed. Read the court’s opinion. Read the full brief.

Supreme Court Guards FDA Approval of Abortion Pill

The justices blocked an attempt by a group of physicians that would have required the Food and Drug Administration to rescind approval of mifepristone, a drug used to terminate pregnancies. The court ruled in FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine that the group did not have standing to sue the FDA because it did not show its members suffered or would suffer any injury based on the agency’s approval of the drug. The ruling is primarily procedural and allows for future challenges to the abortion drug. Read more

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