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Data: Quorum; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

States have been busy this year enacting bills focused on health, education, schools and elections, according to a recent analysis by Quorum.

Why it matters: The coronavirus pandemic has had significant impacts on health systems, schools and elections across the country — a likely contributor to the number of bills mentioning those topics.

  • Some Republican-controlled state legislatures also have passed a flurry of voting restriction laws, as well as bills attempting to ban the teaching of critical race theory in public schools.

By the numbers: Only a fraction of bills introduced actually become law.

  • For example, state lawmakers have introduced five times as many bills mentioning health care as have been enacted, according to Quorum's numbers.
  • More bills were introduced this year that addressed taxes and transportation than elections and voting, but the election-related bills were more likely to be enacted.

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The midterm voting test

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

In Minnesota and Nevada, officials are launching initiatives to explain how audits work. In California, they're erecting glass walls to allow people to easily watch ballot counting.

  • Around the country, state election officials are taking targeted actions to build trust in and answer questions about voting processes for the 2022 midterm elections — their best chance to blunt disinformation and bogus attempts to overturn results.
Updated 53 mins ago - Sports

MLB headed for first lockout since '95 as deal expires

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred (L) and Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark. Photo: Matt King/MLB via Getty Images

Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement expired at 11:59 p.m. ET Wednesday without a new deal in place.

Why it matters: With no CBA, the MLB is headed for the first management lockout since a 1994-95 strike led to the cancelation of the World Series for the first time in 90 years.

Media giants back Bannon's bid to release Jan. 6 documents

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon at the FBI Washington Field Office in Washington, DC., in November. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

A coalition of news outlets including the Washington Post is supporting Stephen Bannon's campaign for the release of documents related to his contempt of Congress charges, WashPost confirmed Wednesday.

Why it matters: WashPost, the New York Times, CNN, NBC, the Wall Street Journal's parent company and others filed a motion arguing that a proposed protective order seeking to prevent the documents from being released violates the First Amendment, per the Daily Mail, which first reported on the news.

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