Coronavirus Emergency Act, Telework Instructions, Messaging and More

Posted on March 25, 2020

Coronavirus Emergency Act: Many states, cities and counties have enacted emergency legislation in recent weeks, but one of the most comprehensive laws is the District of Columbia’s. The Coronavirus Emergency Act, modeled after the DC legislation, has twenty provisions that address critical needs of residents, businesses and governments

Throw Grandma from the Train: Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick recently announced on Fox News that senior citizens should be “willing to take a chance on [their] survival” in order to restart the economy. To Patrick’s “credit,” he was one of the few Donald Trump allies who was honest enough to support the logical and inevitable result of Trump’s proposed policies. Read more in the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

State and Local Advocacy Responses to Covid-19: Thursday, March 26, 3:15-4 pm Eastern. Join the National Immigration Law Center and partners to discuss urgently-needed strategies at the state and local levels. In a pandemic, none of us can be healthy if any of us is denied access to testing and care. Register here.

State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus: This new resource from the Kaiser Family Foundation offers a great deal of data with state-by-state maps showing COVID cases, deaths, and policy actions.

Quick Steps to Prepare a Remote Work Policy for Your Local Government: The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has prepared instructions for local governments to develop and implement telework policies.

Community Schools Playbook: When schools come back into regular session, consider developing some into Community Schools to provide students with the tools they need to succeed by connecting their academic learning to social services and enrichment programs as explained in the Community Schools Playbook.


CROWN Act, Amendment Strategy, Tax Abatements and More

Posted on March 11, 2020

CROWN Act: So far, five states have enacted the CROWN (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) Act, which provides that, for purposes of state/local law, illegal racial discrimination includes discrimination based...


Easy Enrollment, Virginia Victories, Coronavirus Updates and More

Posted on February 26, 2020

Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Act: Last year, Maryland enacted a system to use information from state income tax returns to help uninsured residents obtain health care coverage. The Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Act is...


LGBT Fairness, Cybersecurity, Coronavirus and More

Posted on February 13, 2020

LGBT Fairness Act: Senator Adam Ebbin, who became Virginia’s first openly gay legislator in 2003, is about to see his long-time legislation enacted to prohibit housing and employment discrimination against LGBT people. The LGBT...


Polling Priorities, Logical Fallacies, Clean Slate and More

Posted on January 29, 2020

Clean Slate Act: In 2018, Pennsylvania enacted the Clean Slate Act which automatically seals criminal records that are routinely eligible for sealing but which otherwise require a complicated and costly application process. How to...


Youth Voting, Repro Rights, Family Leave and More

Posted on January 15, 2020

Six Policies to Promote Youth Voting: The Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project produced the report “Democracy’s Future: Proposals to Expand Access to Registration and Voting for a New Generation” which includes model...


Election Day Registration, Neuroscience, Key Questions for 2020, and More

Posted on January 1, 2020

Election Day Registration Act: Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia now have Election Day Registration. The Election Day Registration Act allows qualified individuals with proof of residence to register at a local precinct...


Flavored Tobacco, Opportunity Zones, SNAP Cuts and More

Posted on December 18, 2019

Flavored Tobacco Products Prohibition Act: The State of Massachusetts has banned flavored tobacco products—both flavored tobacco and vapes. The Flavored Tobacco Products Prohibition Act does the same in a simple format. Overwhelmingly, these flavors...


It’s the Economy, Criminal Records, Robocalls and More

Posted on December 4, 2019

Protection Against Robocalls Act: Americans everywhere are subjected to innumerable unwanted robocalls and telephone scams. Earlier this year, the State of Maine enacted legislation to do something about it. The Protection Against Robocalls Act,...


Sick Leave, Urban Greening, 2020 Narrative and More

Posted on November 20, 2019

Paid Sick Leave Act: Millions of Americans do not have access to a single paid sick day if they become sick or need time to take care of a sick child or elderly parent....