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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

California’s Long Game of Tug-of-War With the Auto Industry

California has banned the sale of gasoline-powered cars by 2035 and automakers retort with concern about the state’s electric grid and consumer preference for gas vehicles. This back and forth is decades long.

By Dale Kasler, The Sacramento Bee  |  October 8, 2020
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As California Moves Towards EVs, Can the Grid Keep Up?

The short answer is yes. But long term, the electric grid will need to be reinforced to support the growing demands of an all-electric California.

By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times  |  October 6, 2020
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As End of Census Nears, Workers Struggle With Public Distrust

Many residents of underserved neighborhoods don’t believe their participation in the 2020 Census will bring the government to put money back into their community. Lack of trust is a major problem.

By Sophie Sherry and Jessica Villagomez, Chicago Tribune  |  October 5, 2020
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California Needs Bipartisan Action to End Wildfire Cycles

The state has been making steps towards combating climate change in hopes to quell the cyclical devastation of wildfires, but to continue progress California is going to need statewide, bipartisan support.

By J.D. Morris, San Francisco Chronicle  |  October 2, 2020
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Shoring Up Health Insurance During COVID: Legislative Watch

Too many Americans are losing health insurance coverage and gaining debt as a consequence. State legislators have put forward a variety of proposals to help citizens stay covered during a health emergency.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  October 2, 2020
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National Guard Readies for Election Help if Governors Call

The National Guard is ready to help states on Election Day by sorting ballots, directing traffic or bolstering cybersecurity, but only Kentucky and Washington have asked for support so far.

By Tara Copp, McClatchy Washington Bureau  |  October 1, 2020
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Texas Lawmakers Must Manage Budget Shortfall, COVID Rules

When the state Legislature restarts in January, it will have to deal with mask requirements, business closures and a projected deficit for 2021-2022 that could match that of the Great Recession’s $27 billion shortfall.

By Robert T. Garrett, The Dallas Morning News  |  September 25, 2020
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Michigan Gives Clerks 10 Extra Hours for Ballot Processing

The state Legislature gave final approval to a bill that allows election clerks to begin processing absentee ballots before Election Day and now it is headed to Gov. Whitmer’s desk.

By Beth LeBlanc, The Detroit News  |  September 25, 2020
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Child Care and Economic Recovery: Legislative Watch

Remote learning and reduced, or no, in-person instruction can keep working parents off the job. A number of recent bills attempt to fill the child-care gap.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  September 25, 2020
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Florida Considers Law Changes to Prevent ‘Violent Assemblies’

Legislation has been proposed that would implement nearly a dozen changes to state laws regarding protests, including charging protesters with a third degree felony if they obstruct traffic during an unpermitted protest.

By Zac Anderson, Sarasota Herald-Tribune  |  September 24, 2020
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Washington State Lawmakers Grapple with Policing Changes

Legislators are talking with researchers in policing policy to develop new ideas, but finding answers on what to do is difficult because there is little data available. One initiative, decertification, is quite rare.

By Laurel Demkovich, The Spokesman-Review  |  September 23, 2020
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