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 problem. The Climate Alliance Membership Act would require a state to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, which works towards achieving the environmental goals of the Paris Climate Accord.

You are the vanguard of the progressive movement: As we begin this crucial year—one that may decide the direction of American politics for decades to come—let us be clear. We at the Public Leadership Institute are here to support you because you are at the forefront of the progressive movement. You—at the state and local levels—win or lose the issues that are most important for most people. How we hope to help you in 2018 is discussed in the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

How to answer twenty tough questions: RESCHEDULED for Wednesday, January 24 at 3pm Eastern, 2pm Central, 1pm Mountain, Noon Pacific. This session is about how to handle a wide range of hostile questions, from specifics like “Should we give special rights to gay people?” and “Do you favor prayer in schools?” to generalities such as “Are you a tax-and-spend liberal? and “Are you a Socialist?” To register, click here.

Terrific new message framing videos: PLI is collaborating with Progressive Labs on a new initiative to put our values-centered messaging into action. We’re doing this by using videos and the first one discusses the importance of using values to frame issues, especially when it comes to the value of freedom. That video is here, and please give us your feedback by emailing or

Maryland’s new “down payment option” for health insurance: What can states do after Congress abolished the ACA’s individual mandate? They can follow the lead of Maryland and institute a “down payment option.” This innovative legislation is explained here.

The Progressive Agenda for 2018: If you are looking for great legislation to sponsor in 2018, check out our brand-new Progressive Agenda for States & Localities which features 50 model bills and hyperlinks to 150 others.


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...


Student Loans, Saving the ACA, Disinformation Playbook and More

Posted on October 25, 2017

Student Loan Bill of Rights: 43 million Americans now owe more than $1.3 trillion in student loans and, more and more, the lenders aren’t playing fair. States (and Washington, D.C.) have started to protect...


Multiburst Triggers, Tax Giveaways, Nevada Blueprint and More

Posted on October 11, 2017

Prohibition on Multiburst Trigger Activators Act: The mass murderer in Las Vegas attached “bump fire” stocks to semiautomatic assault weapons so they would simulate machine gun fire, shooting hundreds of rounds per minute. The...


No Gag Rule, Media Lies, Debating Public Policy and More

Posted on September 27, 2017

No Gag Rule on Pharmacists Act: Incredibly, some health insurance companies and pharmacy benefits managers restrict pharmacists from telling customers how they can save money on certain prescriptions. Five states (CT, GA, LA, ME...


Emergency Price Gouging, Helping DACA Dreamers, Drug Price Law and More

Posted on September 13, 2017

Protection from Price Gouging During Emergencies Act: It is all-too-common that sellers try to make windfall profits during emergencies, like hurricanes, earthquakes and floods. Most states do not have an effective law to protect...