5 Mid-Session Trends in the States

5 Mid-Session Trends in the States

With 46 legislatures in session, ‘ban-the-box’ bills and restricting protests are surprising 2017 trends, but lawmakers are also focusing on prescription drug abuse, gas taxes, and marijuana legalization.  Until South Dakota and Idaho legislatures close shop in late...
Several States Plan a Hard Line on Immigration

Several States Plan a Hard Line on Immigration

All eyes are on the Trump administration’s first big immigration move this weekend, but in the states things are heating up too. In week one of his presidency, Donald Trump has reiterated his campaign stances on border security, with first the Wall with Mexico, and...
States Take on Gas Taxes and Infrastructure

States Take on Gas Taxes and Infrastructure

As far as many state legislators were concerned, the federal government’s failure to raise the federal gas tax allowed Congress to avoid biting an unpopular bullet while passing the buck onto them – again. Until Trump and Congress develop and adopt a new national...
Seven State Policy Issues to Watch in 2017

Seven State Policy Issues to Watch in 2017

BALANCING STRESSED BUDGETS WHILE OFFERING TAX RELIEF During 2016 campaigns, Republicans championing the party’s traditional pledge to cut taxes won both legislative chambers in 32 states and installed GOP governors in 33 states. There are expectations for them to do...
Bill Pre-Filing Breakdown By State For 2017

Bill Pre-Filing Breakdown By State For 2017

As legislative staffs and lawmakers at the state level gear up for the 2017-18 biennium legislative sessions, at least 36 states will be accepting pre-filed 2017 bills by the end of the 2016. Illinois had not formally set its pre-filing period by mid-September....
Eight Trends to Watch on the November Ballots

Eight Trends to Watch on the November Ballots

Voters in 33 states will be presented with at least 151 ballot measures in the November elections, including 87 proposed Constitutional amendments and 51 prospective new laws, either sponsored by legislators or generated by citizen initiatives. Twenty-six states and...
Advocacy Ticket Rights: Beyond The ‘Bots’

Advocacy Ticket Rights: Beyond The ‘Bots’

In June, New York became the 14th state to ban the use of “bots” in purchasing tickets for concerts, plays, professional sports and other events. The legislation is notable because it formally criminalizes the use of “bots”. Those are the automated software programs...
States Face Big Problems Funding Transportation

States Face Big Problems Funding Transportation

Despite the FAST Act, states still have a lot of ground to make up in funding their infrastructure needs this year. The December adoption of the five-year, $305 billion Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act ended a decade of stop-gap funding measures that...

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