Memes, Right to Marry, Worker Power and More

Posted on February 24, 2021

Right to Marry Constitutional Amendment: It is appropriate to replace existing provisions that purport to prohibit same-sex marriage with an affirmative right. The Right to Marry Constitutional Amendment recognizes that the fundamental right to marry regardless of sex or gender should be enshrined in state constitutions.

$15 minimum wage is great politics: Some “moderate” political leaders are shying away from a $15 per hour minimum wage because they have the impression that, politically, it’s a bridge too far. They’re wrong! A $15 minimum wage is popular and more motivating than $10, $11 or $12. For proof, read the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

How memes drive misinformation: When we think about the anti-vaccine movement, the Capitol insurrection, and even the GameStop uprising, it’s becoming clear that memes are what we really should be worried about. Axios Today explains in this podcast.

Eleven Things State and Local Governments Can Do to Build Worker Power: After years of attacks on organized labor, only eleven percent of workers belong to a union. The Center for American Progress details eleven strategies to rebuild power and raise job quality for working people.

Plastic Bag Legislation: The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) recently published a roundup of legislation on plastic bag bans and fees which also lists some key laws at the city and county levels.

2021 Progressive Agenda for the States and Localities: The latest edition of PLI’s policy handbook is now online. The Progressive Agenda highlights 50 model bills for the current year and hyperlinks to more than 100 others.

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Mainstream America, Redistricting, Drug Prices and More

Posted on February 10, 2021

Prescription Drug Affordability Act: State agencies already review and approve costs for such things as health insurance and hospital rates. The Prescription Drug Affordability Act establishes a Board to review and establish certain prescription...

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Impeachment, False Reporting, 2021 Agenda and More

Posted on January 27, 2021

Malicious False Reporting Relief Act: While false reporting to law enforcement authorities is a crime, it often goes unprosecuted. The Malicious False Reporting Relief Act allows people to bring a civil action against someone...

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Cyberbullying, Revenue Raising, Insurrection and More

Posted on January 13, 2021

Cyberbullying Prevention and Education Act: Cyberbullying is a fast-growing problem that affects about half of all teens. The Cyberbullying Prevention and Education Act requires school districts to train their staffs to recognize and deal...

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Breonna’s Law, Prevailing Wage, Lying Dangerously and More

Posted on December 30, 2020

No-Knock Search Warrant Prohibition Act (Breonna’s Law): Louisville was the first jurisdiction to enact “Breonna’s Law,” banning no-knock search warrants, in the wake of the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor in March 2020. The...

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Profiles in Cowardice, Drug Overdoses, LGBTQ Equality and More

Posted on December 16, 2020

Time Off for Democracy Act: Broad participation in elections is essential to a healthy democracy, obviously. The Time Off For Democracy Act guarantees employees a minimum amount of paid leave to vote on Election Day...

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2020 Polls, COVID Advice, Small Claims Court and More

Posted on December 2, 2020

Small Claims Court Modernization Act: Currently, most state small claims courts have monetary limits of $5,000 to $10,000, which is woefully low. The Small Claims Court Modernization Act increases the monetary limit for small...

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2020 Election, White Supremacy, Education and More

Posted on November 18, 2020

Resolution Condemning White Supremacy: Unfortunately, such legislation is important once again. Boise, Idaho adopted this resolution in 2019, so you can too. The Resolution Condemning White Supremacy describes the rise of white supremacy in...

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Three Lessons, Early Voting, Ballot Initiatives and More

Posted on November 4, 2020

Vote by Mail Act: In 2020, CA, CO, HI, NV, NJ, OR, UT, VT, WA and the District of Columbia very successfully employed vote by mail. The Vote by Mail Act requires that all registered voters...

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Firearms Arsenals, Teacher Shortages, Protecting Democracy and More

Posted on October 21, 2020

Firearms Arsenal Disclosure Act: Hundreds of thousands of people own huge arsenals of firearms without any disclosure or regulation. The Firearms Arsenal Disclosure Act requires individuals to disclose to law enforcement when they personally...

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