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DMGS Michigan Update: Coronavirus Legislation

In Michigan, lawmakers recently passed a package of legislation to address various COVID-19 policies, including those related to extending unemployment benefits and addressing COVID-19 liability. Unemployment Benefit Extension Senate Bill 0886 amends the Michigan Employment Security Act to add several provisions regarding COVID-related unemployment benefits. The bill essentially codifies and makes law Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-76. Currently, someone eligible for unemployment benefits in Michigan may receive benefits for […]

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Louisiana Special Sessions

Refresh: What is a Special Session? Unlike a regular legislative session, legislatures hold special sessions to deal with specific issues or topics, limiting the session’s scope to these issues.  Each state has its own rules and laws for special session procedures, including how they are initiated.  In 14 states, only the Governor can call for a special session.  Meanwhile, either a state’s Governor or legislature can call a special session […]

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The 2020 CR: What’s Inside

H.R. 8337 would extend government funding through December 11, 2020, averting a government shutdown that would otherwise begin October 1.  The continuing resolution (CR) would generally extend fiscal 2020 funding levels while including some “anomalies” that would adjust the amount available to agencies or extend authorities.  The measure reflects an agreement between Democrats and Republicans over farm and food aid programs.  The measure would also extend surface transportation programs, the […]

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Criminal Justice Reform: A Look at Clean Slate and Second Chance Legislation

In 2018, Pennsylvania became the first state to enact a “Clean Slate” law to seal certain criminal records automatically.  Act 56, formerly House Bill 1419, provides individuals with low-level, non-violent criminal records with a mechanism to have their record(s) sealed from public view. Why enact Clean Slate and make a criminal record sealing process automatic?  The goal of Clean Slate in Pennsylvania was to reduce the stigma people with criminal […]

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