Social Media, Youth Voting, Repro Rights and More

Posted on March 13, 2019

Transgender Equality Task Force Act: Based on legislation enacted in New Jersey, the Transgender Equality Task Force Act commissions a study to assess legal and societal barriers to equality and provide recommendations to the legislature or council.

How to message in social media: Donald Trump uses social media to rile up his base and insult his opponents. Should you emulate him? Perhaps it would be smarter to craft your social media as if you were always trying to persuade. For the whys and hows, read the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Legislation to expand registration and voting access to younger voters: Friday, March 29 @2pm Eastern. This webinar, by the Fair Elections Center, includes measures like on-campus registration and voting, student ID for voting, preregistration of 17-year-olds, and more. To register for the webinar, click here.

2019 Best & Worst States for Women: For Women’s History Month, WalletHub compared state rankings across 24 indicators of quality of life for women. Minnesota, Massachusetts, North Dakota, New York and Connecticut ranked best; Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Arkansas and Alabama ranked worst.

How and Why to Expand Palliative Care: The Center for Palliative Care has a brand-new state policy toolkit that includes background, policy, messaging and organizing.

Latest Repro Rights Report: In 2019 there will be more proactive “abortion out loud” bills introduced in state legislatures than in any prior year—ever. See the Repro Rights Report here.


Cyber Security, Non-Verbal Communication, Youth Voting and More

Posted on February 27, 2019

Public Agency Cyber Security Act: Based on legislation that just passed the Virginia General Assembly, the Public Agency Cyber Security Act prohibits public agencies from using hardware, software, or other services that have been...


Non-Discrimination, E-Scooters, Hate Incidents and More

Posted on February 13, 2019

No Discrimination by Government Contractors Act: States, municipalities and counties have routinely included language in government contracts that prevent limited types of discrimination. The No Discrimination by Government Contractors Act expands protections to require...


Drones, Taxation, Speaking Like a Fourth-Grader and More

Posted on January 30, 2019

Tax Expenditure Sunset Act: All government spending should receive the same scrutiny. And yet, while budget line items are reviewed and adjusted every year, there are insufficient mechanisms for reviewing tax expenditures. The Tax...


New Model Bills, Drug Testing, Clean Energy and More

Posted on January 16, 2019

End Marijuana Drug Testing Act: Either recreational or medical marijuana is now legal in 33 states and the District of Columbia. Yet, perhaps half of employers conduct drug tests for marijuana on job candidates,...


The 150th Biweekly PLI Bulletin

Posted on January 2, 2019

Prescription Drug Affordability Act: Because of federal restrictions, states have found it hard to find a way to directly lower the cost of prescription drugs to their residents. This new legislation from Maryland, the...


Fossil Fuels Divestment, Ten Podcasts, New Progressive Agenda and More

Posted on December 19, 2018

Divestment from Fossil Fuels Act: Obviously, climate change is a tremendous threat to health, welfare and future prosperity. Nearly every state or locality can—at least—divest its retirement fund from fossil fuels as the State...


Messaging Pocket Guide, Agenda for Workers, Gender-Free Restrooms and More

Posted on December 5, 2018

Gender Free Restrooms Act: Interested in a simple, commonsense, no-cost progressive policy for states and localities? The Gender-Free Restrooms Act requires that any single-user toilet facility in a public building or place of public...


Thanksgiving Arguments, Drug Costs, Body Cameras and More

Posted on November 20, 2018

  Fair Minimum Wage Act: Nearly every state should emphasize a Fair Minimum Wage Act in 2019, especially when progressives can point to a neighboring state with a higher minimum wage. EPI’s minimum wage...


Juvenile Justice, Progressive Cities, Ballot Initiatives and More

Posted on November 6, 2018

Juvenile Justice Reform Act: This model bill combines three reforms. First, it restricts the use of pretrial confinement to young offenders who actually pose a danger to society or where there is a realistic...