Wage Theft, Immigration Facts, Voter Turnout and More

Posted on July 18, 2018

Wage Theft Prohibition Acts: All states and many cities have the power to ban wage theft. The National Employment Law Project has a comprehensive booklet providing a wide variety of approaches. Four of the most common Wage Theft Prohibition Acts are here.

The media is bungling the facts about immigration: Although there are plenty of well-researched news stories, the general public knows nothing about the big picture: (1) Unauthorized immigration has been negligible since the beginning of the Obama Administration; (2) A huge portion of the immigrants imprisoned by the Trump Administration have legal claims as asylum seekers; (3) The Trump Administration has declared war on all kinds of non-white refugees; and (4) Trump surely does not hate immigrants, it’s people of color he’s targeted. For more, read the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Voicing Our Values—How to Talk About Consumer Protection: This is the fifth segment of our podcast series, which you can listen to at your convenience. This one explains messages and narratives you should use to promote or defend consumer protection policies. To listen to or download the podcast, click here.

What is a plastic-free town? You’ve heard about bans on plastic bags and plastic straws, but the Plastic Pollution Coalition challenges you to make your jurisdiction a Plastic-Free Town. This is getting to be a major movement in Great Britain. Why not here?

State reforms could boost voter turnout by 8 million: Turnout has been quite poor in recent elections. The Center for American Progress issued a new report demonstrating that state policies—like automatic voter registration and same-day voter registration—can boost turnout considerably.

Progress in the States & Localities, April-July: We just published a brand new listing of significant proactive progressive measures enacted or moving in states and localities.

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Civil Rights, Living Wage, Pharma Terms and More

Posted on July 3, 2018

Living Wage Act: Although most cities, towns and counties cannot set a minimum wage for all workers, they can and should legislate a minimum wage for their own employees and contractors. The Living Wage...

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Subsidized Jobs Act, Progressive Narrative, City Energy Efficiency and More

Posted on June 19, 2018

Minimum Standards for Subsidized Jobs Act: Every year, cities and states award billions of dollars in subsidies to companies that create poverty-level jobs which, perversely, increase the need for government services, including public assistance...

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Time Off to Vote, Fake vs Real News, Pharmacists Gag Rule and More

Posted on June 6, 2018

Time Off For Democracy Act: Broad participation in elections is essential to a healthy democracy, obviously. The Time Off For Democracy Act guarantees employees a minimum amount of paid leave to vote on Election...

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Agency Diversity, Debate Proactively, Soda Tax and More

Posted on May 23, 2018

Public Agency Diversity Act: It is not unusual for officials in states and localities to find that particular government departments—often law enforcement agencies—lack diversity. The Public Agency Diversity Act requires a designated department, when...

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E-cigarettes, Housing Crisis, Direct Mail and More

Posted on May 9, 2018

E-cigarette Smoke-Free Act: There has been a tremendous increase in vaping, especially by teenagers, and particularly with the E-cigarette device Juul. States and localities should protect both children and nonsmokers from the health risks...

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Nondisclosure Agreements, “Opioid” Debate, Hacker Attacks and More

Posted on April 25, 2018

Limiting Sexual Harassment Clauses in Nondisclosure Agreements Act: Nondisclosure agreements are common and now many companies are explicitly prohibiting employees from making critical comments that could harm the company’s or an executive’s reputation, including...

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Conversion Therapy, Using Technology, America’s Libraries and More

Posted on April 11, 2018

No Conversion Therapy for Minors Act: Sadly, some churches and families pressure children to participate in so-called conversion therapy, to turn them “straight.” But being LGBTQ is not a disorder and there is no...

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Right to Repair, Energy Storage Systems, Citizenship in the Census and More

Posted on March 28, 2018

Consumers’ Right to Energy Storage Systems Act: Thanks to Tesla and other high-tech companies, home battery systems are coming and many electric utilities are trying to stop them. Based on a groundbreaking new Colorado...

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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...

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