Resolution Strategy, Hate Speech, Rx Pricing and More

Posted on February 15, 2017

Prescription Drug Fair Pricing Act: A coalition in Maryland has developed the strongest state prescription drug pricing legislation in the nation. It’s divided into two bills, one that prohibits price gouging and another that requires transparency for expensive drugs. At this link, you can also see a terrific 12-page fact sheet written by the Maryland advocates.

Resolution strategy for policy advocates: Progressive policy campaigns usually need to broaden their coalitions and deepen their base of volunteer activists. There is a straightforward strategy to accomplish that which has worked repeatedly but is little known outside the State of Maryland. It’s a Resolution Strategy and it’s described on IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

How to persuade in an era of hate speech and fake news: Wednesday, February 22 at 3pm Eastern, 2pm Central, 1pm Mountain, Noon Pacific. (What a way to celebrate George Washington’s 285th birthday!) This is a fresh look at what is driving and motivating the radical right, how that is affecting persuadable voters and the progressive base, and what it means for message framing on any issue. This is a moving target so please come share your own ideas. To register, click here.

Interactive map of efforts to roll back mandatory minimum sentencing laws: The Trump Administration is already lying about the crime rate to push for more authoritarian law enforcement as well as harsher criminal penalties. Push back by targeting your state’s mandatory minimum sentencing laws. This state map from FAMM allows you to click on your state and see what’s going on.

Anti-Trump wave lifts and worries Democrats: Read this Boston Globe story and please think about it. The progressive base is way out ahead of average Democratic officeholders. As political leaders, it is in your interest to stand with the base, even if all you can do is introduce resolutions and participate in demonstrations.

PLI’s Repro Rights Report: Our new Repro Rights Report describes and hyperlinks to proactive abortion rights legislation that has been introduced so far in 19 states, as well as links to news clippings about each state effort and PLI’s nationwide “Roe Campaign.”


The 100th Edition of the PLI Bulletin

Posted on February 1, 2017

Presidential Candidate Tax Return Disclosure Act: States decide the minimum qualifications for whether a candidate can appear on the ballot. Obviously, it is essential for presidential and vice-presidential candidates to make their tax returns...


Protecting Obamacare, Fighting Privatization, Resisting the Radical Right and More

Posted on January 19, 2017

Health Care for All Assessment Act: Because of the right wing’s determination to repeal the Affordable Care Act, 32 million Americans are in danger of losing access to health insurance, with 18 million likely...


New Progressive Agenda, Sex Education, Protecting Immigrants and More

Posted on January 5, 2017

Prevent Extortion of Immigrants Act: Because of Trump’s promise to deport millions of immigrants, they will be particularly vulnerable to extortion. You can sponsor or support the Prevent Extortion of Immigrants Act, which specifies that...


Hate Crimes, Fighting the Right, Environmental Toolkits and More

Posted on December 21, 2016

Hate Crimes Prevention Act: Since the November election, we have seen a wave of violence and threats against anyone who disagrees with the Radical Right. This will likely get worse. Right now, 45 states...


Election Recounts, School Vouchers, Juvenile Justice and More

Posted on December 8, 2016

Juvenile Justice Stop Solitary Act: Earlier this year, the Obama Administration banned solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons. But the vast majority of prisoners are in state and local facilities—and that’s where we...


2016 Messaging, Protecting Immigrants, Ballot Victories and More

Posted on November 23, 2016

Don’t Ask Immigration Status Act: Every city and county should direct its employees—including police—not to inquire about anyone’s immigration status unless explicitly required to do so by federal or state law. That’s what the...


Early Voting, Pay Gap, Housing Policy and More

Posted on October 26, 2016

Absentee and Early Voting Act: If you’re in one of the many states that still do not have a reasonable system of no-excuse-needed absentee and early voting, you must be feeling left out right...


Voter Protection Act, Abortion Rights Poll, Right Wing Watch and More

Posted on October 13, 2016

Voter Protection Act: Too many Americans are prevented from exercising their right to vote because of voter intimidation or suppression, or by mistakes by election officials. The Voter Protection Act bans specific types of...


New Website, How to Debate, Student Debt and More

Posted on September 28, 2016

122 model bills on our NEW WEBSITE: Come visit PLI’s new website! Part of it offers a library of model legislation addressing all areas of state and local policy. If you’re looking for a...