States are investing in gun violence research

PUBLIC SAFETY | In 1996, Congress approved the Dickey Amendment, which prohibits the CDC from using funding to “advocate or promote gun control.” Since then, there has been little to none gun violence research by the agency. States and the philanthropic sector are now stepping up to do this research. (WaPo, 3/12)

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last year found that from 2004 to 2015, research related to gun violence was “substantially underfunded and understudied” compared with other leading causes of death, based on the mortality rates of each.

The influence of pro-gun groups has also dissuaded many private foundations from funding such research, according to David Hemenway, who studies gun violence and injury prevention at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University.

ARTS & HUMANITIES | The US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis has released a study that shows DC’s arts and culture industries lead the nation in contributions to the local GDP. (DC Theater Scene, 3/9)

– As the administration continues to make changes to the Affordable Care Act, some states are taking their own steps to prevent the changes from hurting citizens. (Citylab, 3/9)

– Some believe the administration’s proposed changes to immigration policy will hurt the home health care workforce, which employs a large population of immigrants. (NPR, 3/5)

HOUSINGA Provision Hidden in the Banking Bill Could Hurt Black Homeowners (Atlantic, 3/9)

SEXUAL HARASSMENT | Cheryl Kagan, a Maryland senator, has become the first woman in the State House to publicly accuse a man of sexual harassment since the #MeToo movement began. (WaPo, 3/11)

– The Virginia General Assembly has voted to give Metro $154 million a year, if DC and Maryland agree to do the same. (WaPo, 3/10)

Washington’s Unloved Subway Opens a Swag Shop. Riders Aren’t Rushing the Doors. (NYT, 3/9)

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