Vaccine Mandates, Homeless Crisis, Aging Population and More

Posted on September 23, 2021

Prepare for an Aging Population Act: In most jurisdictions, the percent of elderly residents is growing fast. The Prepare for an Aging Population Act would establish a task force to study the state’s or locality’s situation and recommend a plan that would provide needed services and support for the aging in both the near- and long-term.

Vaccine mandates represent winning politics: More than 73 percent of Americans (including 60 percent of Republicans) are vaccinated and they are—justifiably—growing impatient with and angry at the unvaccinated. Thus, vaccine mandates are not just essential policy, but also winning politics. For a discussion, read the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Biden mandates vaccines for millions. Can he do that? How can vaccine mandates effectively be enforced? What precedent is there in history and law? And how do individuals and business owners feel about Biden’s executive orders? Listen to this Washington Post podcast here.

State and Local Government Law Blog (SLoGLaw): There’s a new blog about state and local government law sponsored by the Georgetown University Law Center (or “Georgetown Law”) and featuring experts from many top law schools across the country. Read it here.

Building a Lasting Solution to the Nation’s Homeless Crisis: About 600,000 Americans are homeless. This article from Governing Magazine discusses the problem and offers some solutions.

How to write down a plan for an advocacy campaign: The more resources you plan to commit, the more important it is to write down a campaign plan. Chapter 2 of our advocacy book, Preparing to Win, explains how you should do it.


Abortion, COVID-19, School Lunch Eligibility and More

Posted on September 8, 2021

Temporary Workers Bill of Rights Act: In the “gig economy,” there are a lot of jobs that are essentially “temporary.” The Temporary Workers Bill of Rights Act establishes minimum standards and enforcement mechanisms for...


Vaccine Skeptics, Census Data, Bold New Laws and More

Posted on August 25, 2021

Divestment from Fossil Fuels Act: It seems like every day we see new evidence of climate change, from wildfires in California to floods in Tennessee. With the Divestment from Fossil Fuels Act, every jurisdiction...


Government Contractors, Liquor Taxes, Twelve Words and More

Posted on August 11, 2021

No Discrimination by Government Contractors Act: States and localities have routinely included language in government contracts to prevent certain types of discrimination. The No Discrimination by Government Contractors Act broadens anti-discrimination requirements to include...


Agency Diversity, Anti-Vaxxers, Stupid Laws and More

Posted on July 28, 2021

Public Agency Diversity Act: Due to many factors, employees in public agencies tend to be disproportionately white and male. The Public Agency Diversity Act requires government offices, when hiring, to reach out to underrepresented...


Nationalists and Populists, Ransomware, Racial Impacts and More

Posted on July 14, 2021

Racial Impact Statements Act: Nine states have developed methods for lawmakers to consider the impact of pending legislation on historically disadvantaged populations. The Racial Impact Statements Act creates such a procedure for state or...


Engaging Emotion, Justice in Travel, Banning Yoga and More

Posted on June 30, 2021

Justice in Government-Funded Travel Act: A number of states are now overtly engaged in discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Justice in Government-Funded Travel Act prohibits or limits government-financed travel to...


Election Deniers, Corporate Diversity, Resolution Strategy and More

Posted on June 16, 2021

Corporate Diverse Representation Act: Corporate boards are usually dominated by white males. The Corporate Diverse Representation Act requires publicly held companies with their principal executive office located in the state to have both female...


Police Deception, Carbon Pricing, Pillars of Trumpism and More

Posted on June 2, 2021

Police Deception Prohibition Act: It is not unusual for police to try to trick people into a confession by claiming they know something they don’t. The Police Deception Prohibition Act prevents police from tricking...


Anti-Doxing, Roe v. Wade, The Big Lie and More

Posted on May 19, 2021

LGBT Panic Defense Prohibition Act: People who assault LGBT people often suggest that surprise realization of the victim’s LGBT status was to blame for the attacker’s “panicked” violent reaction. The LGBT Panic Defense Prohibition...