TOP NEWS July 22, 2019

Lawmakers increased wages and benefits for teachers, first responders and other public employees in nearly 20 states this legislative season.

U.S. News and World Report
The Grand Canyon State’s new law affects a variety of jobs, from barbers to real estate agents to physicians. NCSL data cited.

Texas leaves census outreach to cities, counties
Houston Chronicle
Houston and San Antonio officials are pouring millions of dollars into outreach and education efforts ahead of the 2020 Census, after they say the state left them in the lurch. NCSL's Wendy Underhill quoted.
NCSL census resources.
Recall campaigns against state lawmakers appear to be on the rise nationally. Twenty-six legislative recall elections have been held since 1994, said Joshua Spivak, a senior fellow at the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College in New York. That’s two-thirds of all such recalls since 1913. NCSL data cited.
NCSLresources on recall of state officials.
New law allows Oregon students to take 'mental health days'
Associated Press
Oregon will allow students to take "mental health days" just as they would sick days, expanding the reasons for excused school absences to include mental or behavioral health under a new law that experts say is one of the first of its kind in the U.S.

Cautiously and slowly, governments are taking more risks and modernizing the way they purchase goods and services.

2019 policies for consideration at Legislative Summit
Final votes on all policy directives and resolutions reported from the standing committees will take place on Thursday, Aug. 8, from 10-11 a.m. at the Annual Business meeting.
Winners of the 2019 Notable Documents Award are ...
The purpose of the award is to formally recognize excellence in documents or publications that explore topics of interest to legislators and legislative staff, present substantive material in an outstanding format and advertise the extensive range of information available to legislators and staff.

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