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Dear Gov1 Subscriber,

As negotiations hit a standstill on the next coronavirus aid package in Washington, children are already back to school in many parts of the country. The House recently approved legislation geared toward improving school safety, as Michael Kirby explains, but only time will tell which, if any, of the recent proposals are adopted by the Senate.

And in our top featured story this week, Megan Wells provides 8 actionable steps state and local governments can take to start mending the relationships between police and the communities they serve.

Also, we want to know: Does your police department conduct implicit bias training? Take our poll here.

The Gov1 Team
House passes childcare bills as element of recovery
By Michael Kirby 
Childcare, school reopening is intertwined with 2020 politics, but will our children be any safer?
Federal initiative to bring $1 million grant to St. Louis targeting violent crime
Portland unrest continues as mayor decries violence
Minneapolis commission takes up proposal to disband police
W.Va. governor criticized for using CARES Act funds for 'medical access road' maintenance
Seattle chief asks City Council for intervention after protesters show up near her home
COVID-19: How to Deal With Anxiety as We Return to the Workplace
A behavioral health expert breaks down ways to cope with the ongoing fear and anxiety of going back to the workplace during a global pandemic.
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How to Use CARES Act Funds for Cloud Technology
Read this guide to see 5 examples of how cities, counties and states have already used CARES Act funds to move to the Cloud with upgraded solutions for telework, subrecipient grants, permitting and licensing, budgeting and reporting.
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Repairing the system: Improving policing practices in communities of color
By Megan Wells 
8 actionable steps any state or municipality can take to start mending the relationships between police and community
Face masks: Here’s what cops, firefighters, medics and COs have to say about use, policy and effectiveness
By Greg Friese, MS, NRP 
Nearly one-third of public safety personnel do not get a department-issued face mask, plus other key findings from nearly 4,000 survey responses
Why low income housing has no effect on nearby home values
Trulia looked at the 20 most expensive U.S. metros and assessed nearby home values after affordable housing projects completed, finding no effect
New Event Manager Functionality From LocalGovU
Events Manager will integrate with LocalGovU's online learning to provide centralized training records. Seamlessly schedule, manage and execute live training events put on by your municipality.
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On-Demand Webinar: How to Engage Citizens Using Virtual Intelligent Agents
Get an inside look at how state and local agencies are using technologies like Google Cloud and Dialogflow to enable remote workforce collaboration and engage citizens with tools like virtual intelligent agents.
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Wisconsin’s major cities receive $6.3 million to implement safe voting plan
By Kenny Sokan 
With federal funding falling short, 5 Wisconsin cities have partnered with a local nonprofit to ensure safe voting this election cycle
Election 2020 through the eyes of a Massachusetts poll worker
An elections worker in Salem talks civic pride, vote integrity and pandemic preparedness
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