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 of vaping and the E-cigarette Smoke-Free Act is an important step.

The housing crisis of 2018: Home prices are higher now than at the peak of the housing bubble in 2006. Since the bottom of the housing market in late 2011, the median price has increased 45 percent (from $147,000 to $213,000) while the consumer price index (CPI-U) rose only 10.3 percent. It’s not currently a bubble, but it’s a very serious problem for everyone, as explained in the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Top Ten Rules of Direct Mail: For most policy, referendum or other election campaigns, direct mail is one of the most essential ways to broadcast themes and educate residents. We will discuss how to improve the mechanics, message and design of direct mail. To register, click here.

Guaranteeing reproductive rights in correctional facilities: Maryland recently enacted legislation that requires all correctional facilities to provide pregnant inmates access to reproductive medical care, including prenatal testing, labor and delivery, postpartum care, child placement services—and the right to a timely and safe abortion. Every jurisdiction that operates a jail should adopt this policy.

How fun is your state? Tired of our very serious policy resources? Here is a list from WalletHub that answers the question “What is the most fun state to visit?” For entertainment and recreation, California is first; West Virginia is last. For nightlife, Nevada is first; Delaware is last.

2018 PLI Conference: Our State Strategy Forum will be held in Washington, D.C. on July 13-15. There are limited travel and hotel scholarships available for progressive state elected officials only. If you are interested, please contact mweiss@publicleadershipinstitute.org.


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...