Religious “Freedom,” Pharmacists Act, Environmental Justice and More

Posted on March 15, 2018

No Gag Rule on Pharmacists Act: This is one of the fastest-moving bills of 2018. Some health insurance and pharmacy benefits managers restrict pharmacists from telling customers how they can save money on certain prescriptions. The No Gag Rule on Pharmacists Act, prohibits such restrictions. One example of this issue’s popularity: last week, the Maryland Senate passed it unanimously.

The unholy misuse of “freedom” of religion: The radical right is engaged in political warfare to impose fundamentalist Christianity on all Americans. In aid of that goal, they wave the banner of “religious freedom.” But what they stand for is the opposite. Their philosophy is consistent with the Taliban, not Thomas Jefferson. To read why, see the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

What does the PA-18 Conor Lamb special election tell us about 2018? Wednesday, March 21 at 3pm Eastern, 2pm Central, 1pm Mountain, Noon Pacific. Donald Trump won Pennsylvania’s CD-18 by 20 points and Democrats did not even field a candidate in the previous two House elections. Why did the Democrat win and what does it mean for 2018? Register here to join the discussion.

California is fighting for environmental justice; you can too: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra recently created a task force to focus on pollution and environmental hazards which disproportionately affect low-income residents and people of color. Any state or locality can tackle the same problem with PLI’s Environmental Justice Act.

Amazon Subsidy Tracker: Amazon has received at least $1.39 billion from states and localities according to the Good Jobs First Amazon Tracker. And even as governments subsidize the company, they also pay for social services for Amazon’s more poorly-paid employees.

Progress in the States and Localities: This is our latest updated report on progressive legislation that has been moving since the beginning of 2018.


Assault Weapons Ban, Recording of Interrogations, Hacker-Proof Voting Myth and More

Posted on February 28, 2018

Electronic Recording of Interrogations Act: Every year, innocent people are jailed because of false confessions. Every state and locality with a police force can help protect the innocent and convict the guilty by mandating...


Fair Chance Licensing, Extended School Year, Black Families Agenda and More

Posted on February 15, 2018

Fair Chance Licensing Act: More than 70 million Americans have a criminal record that may prevent them from obtaining a license to work in a wide variety of industries. The Fair Chance Licensing Act...


Net Neutrality, Climate Change, Strategy Questions Answered and More

Posted on January 31, 2018

Climate Change Impact Assessment Act: Climate change will eventually affect every state and locality with more and worse hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, drought and wildfire. Some of these problems can be predicted and some of...


Climate Alliance, How to Answer Tough Questions, New Message Framing and More

Posted on January 17, 2018

Climate Alliance Membership Act: Climate change is one of the most urgent issues in the world. Because Donald Trump opposes the Paris Accord, it is absolutely essential for states and localities to tackle the...


Answering Tough Questions, Bills for Localities, Nullifying the Tax Bill and More

Posted on January 3, 2018

Felony Threshold Reform Act: Felony theft is distinguished from misdemeanor theft by a monetary value. If the item stolen is worth more than, say $500, the crime is a felony while taking an item...


Ten Modest Bills, Restorative Justice, Webinar Archive and More

Posted on December 20, 2017

Fair Share Employer Disclosure Act: Too often, employers pay wages so low that their workers need government assistance to make ends meet. The Fair Share Employer Disclosure Act, based on legislation in California and...


Class Warfare, Sexual Harassment Policies, Register New Residents and More

Posted on December 7, 2017

Register New Residents Act: Whenever people move, they should register to vote or update their preexisting voter registration. That’s why Seattle enacted a simple ordinance in 2017 that requires landlords to provide information on...


Protecting Young Lungs, Bye Bye Bannon, Sanctuary Cities Saved and More

Posted on November 21, 2017

Protecting Young People from Tobacco Act: Smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths and more than 90 percent of smokers start as teenagers. The Protecting Young People from Tobacco Act would increase the...


What Happens in Vegas, Health Care Disclosure, Policies for Workers and More

Posted on November 8, 2017

Fair Share Health Care Disclosure Act: More than 60 percent of enrollees in Medicaid and CHIP are members of working families. This means the worker’s employer is being subsidized, which burdens the state treasury...