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 age for tobacco sales from 18 to 21, including e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. Five states (CA, HI, ME, NJ and OR) as well as more than 275 localities (including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Kansas City and New York City) have already raised the age for tobacco sales to 21.

Giving thanks for Bannon’s exit: Thank goodness that creepy serial-liar is out of government. But at the same time, can we stop talking about him? While Steve Bannon used to make for truly scary news, he is no longer a significant public figure. His reputation for political impact is, in retrospect, undeserved. His current and future ability to affect politics is minimal. For more, see the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

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Federal court permanently blocks Trump’s executive order on sanctuary cities: On November 20, a federal judge ruled that Trump’s order cutting off federal funds to sanctuary cities is unconstitutional. The Washington Post explains it thoroughly. Time to pass more legislation to protect immigrants!

Toolbox from the Society of Professional Journalists: Updated recently, the Journalist’s Toolbox for state and local government provides hyperlinks to track who is donating to state candidates, how much public employees are paid, census quick facts, court records, 4,300 government databases, and much more.

More than 150 model bills on the PLI website: If you are looking for great legislation to sponsor in 2018, check out our model bills for states and localities. And if you need help with them, contact us!


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...


How to Move Issues, Demilitarization of Police, Hurricane Harvey and More

Posted on August 30, 2017

Demilitarization of Police Act: A few days ago, Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions announced that they have reversed an Obama rule that limited the types of surplus military equipment available to local police forces....


Truth-telling the Confederacy, Paid Sick Days, Sound Tax Policy and More

Posted on August 16, 2017

White Supremacists Are Terrorists Resolution: The Illinois Senate adopted a resolution that condemns violence and intimidation by white supremacist organizations and calls on law enforcement agencies to protect Americans from such groups in the...


Too Young to Test, Better Deal Messaging, Brand-New Books and More

Posted on August 2, 2017

Too Young to Test Act: There is far too much reliance on standardized testing in public schools, hurting schoolchildren, teachers and administrators. Federal law requires testing in grades 3-8 and once in high school,...


Data Privacy Protection, Paid Sick Days, Carbon Farming and More

Posted on July 20, 2017

Data Privacy Protection Act: The private records of millions of people have been compromised by individuals and corporations that have failed to protect electronic records in a manner consistent with industry standards. The Data...