State-by-State Climate Summaries
Climate Change and Trends:
What is happening in Your State?
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) released new climate summaries for each state, including historical climate variations and trends, future climate model projections of climate conditions during the 21st century, and past and future conditions of sea level and coastal flooding.

For searchable state information, click below.
Health News
Youth Mental Health Addressed in JAMA Pediatrics and Surgeon General’s Advisory
A recent study review published by JAMA Pediatrics, an international peer-reviewed journal, examined the impacts of school closures on children and adolescents aged 0 to 19. In examining 36 studies across 11 countries, from February – July 2020, the review discusses associations between school closures and adverse mental health symptoms, increased screen time usage, and reductions in physical activity.

Also reflecting concerns about youth mental health, last month U.S. Surgeon General issued an advisory outlining the pandemic’s impacts on the mental health of America’s youth and families. The advisory followed the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Children’s Hospital Association’s declaration for a National State of Emergency in Children’s Mental Health.

Click below to read the JAMA Pediatrics findings and Surgeon General’s Advisory on Protecting Youth Mental Health.
Public Safety & Justice
Safety and Justice Deserve Better Data:
CSG Justice Counts National Launch
Originally aired on January 26th, the CSG Justice Counts National Launch broadcast discussed the significant shortcomings of data in the criminal justice system and offered new, bold solutions.

Justice Counts is a consensus-building initiative of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance led by CSG’s Justice Center and an unprecedented coalition of partner organizations. We’re proud to be a part of the movement to provide actionable data to bolster public safety. Click below to watch.
Upcoming Events
SAVE THE DATE: Upcoming Virtual CSG West Legislative Exchange
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Making Cents of New Cyber Funding
March 28, 12pm PST
You may have heard that cybersecurity funding for state, local, tribal, territorial (SLTT) governments is forthcoming. This legislative exchange will dive deeper into how to make the funding your state receives goes farther to improve your state’s overall cybersecurity ecosystem.

Carlos Kizzee, Vice President of Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) Member Engagement, and Mattie Gullixson, National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) Program Director, will share their feedback on how to improve the reach of your state’s cybersecurity resources through a “Whole of State Lens.” They will provide a brief overview of the funding ahead, and then discuss potential challenges and opportunities to make the funding work for your state, featuring examples of success stories across the U.S.
Supreme Court News
SCOTUS Red Lights Vaccine-or-Test Rule and Green Lights Vaccine in Medicare/Medicaid Facilities Rule
In National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Department of Labor the U.S. Supreme Court disallowed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) emergency rule from going into effect temporarily, which required those who work for employers with 100 or more employees to be vaccinated. Such employers instead could require unvaccinated employees to be tested weekly for COVID-19 and wear a mask. Click below to read more about this case.
SCOTUS to Hear State Workers’ Compensation Case Targeting Federal Contractors
In United States v. Washington the Supreme Court will decide whether Washington State may adopt a workers’ compensation statute which applies exclusively to federal contract workers.

Washington’s statute applies to federal contractors working at Hanford, a decommissioned federal nuclear production site covering over 500 square miles in the state. It is easier for workers covered by the Hanford program to demonstrate they are entitled to benefits than those covered by Washington’s regular workers’ compensation program.
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