Fracking Prohibition, Internet Privacy, Regulating Drones and More

Posted on April 26, 2017

Fracking Prohibition Act: Hydraulic fracturing, known as “fracking,” is an extremely dirty method of drilling for oil and gas. Numerous studies have found that fracking is linked to a wide variety of negative health outcomes. That is why Maryland recently became the first state with reachable reserves to ban fracking. Our model Fracking Prohibition Act is very simple and tracks the new Maryland law.

How to earn more media coverage: It is rare for progressive legislation to succeed without a great deal of publicity. Special interest legislation flourishes in the dark, but our side needs the light. How do you get the media to shine a spotlight on your policies? See the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Legislation to protect Internet privacy: Wednesday, May 3 at 3pm Eastern, 2pm Central, 1pm Mountain, Noon Pacific. As the federal government steps back from Internet privacy protections, state and local lawmakers are stepping forward. This webinar will explore emerging technologies used to collect and analyze personal data, how this information is or can be misused, and what policymakers are doing to protect Americans. To register, click here.

Cities, States Seek to Protect Immigrants’ Data from Federal Officials: Stateline reports that both state and local lawmakers are concerned that the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency may try to obtain data to target immigrants, and are considering various solutions to block access.

States and localities are regulating the use of drones: There are laws restricting drones in 31 states and 133 localities, according to a recent report by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College. The National Conference of State Legislatures has its own report, and here is a short memo about the legal issues.

Progress in the States & Localities: Once again, we have updated the PLI report on Progress in the States & Localities, which describes proactive progressive legislation that has passed at least one House in the 2017 sessions.


Internet Privacy Protection, Build a Policy Coalition, Effective Advocacy and More

Posted on April 13, 2017

Internet Privacy Protection Act: Conservatives in Washington recently overturned a Federal Communications Commission rule that was designed to stop Internet service providers (ISPs) from selling their customers’ browsing histories and other private information. Legislators...


Build a Volunteer Base, Worker-Friendly Policies, Carbon Pricing and More

Posted on March 29, 2017

Salary History Anti-Discrimination Act: In recent months Philadelphia became the first city and Massachusetts became the first state to ban employers from requesting a prospective employee’s salary history. The reason is that salary history...


Constitutional Rescission Resolution, Hold a Press Event, House Health Plan and More

Posted on March 15, 2017

Constitutional Convention Rescission Resolution: As a recent article from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explains, the right wing is (perhaps) only six states short of successfully calling a federal constitutional convention—and they’re...


Student Assessments, Long-Term Advocacy, Women’s Agenda and More

Posted on March 2, 2017

Student Assessments for Deeper Learning Resolution: The federal Every Student Succeeds Act, enacted in 2016, empowers states to develop their own accountability systems. In order to give teachers the freedom to encourage deeper learning...


Resolution Strategy, Hate Speech, Rx Pricing and More

Posted on February 15, 2017

Prescription Drug Fair Pricing Act: A coalition in Maryland has developed the strongest state prescription drug pricing legislation in the nation. It’s divided into two bills, one that prohibits price gouging and another that...


The 100th Edition of the PLI Bulletin

Posted on February 1, 2017

Presidential Candidate Tax Return Disclosure Act: States decide the minimum qualifications for whether a candidate can appear on the ballot. Obviously, it is essential for presidential and vice-presidential candidates to make their tax returns...


Protecting Obamacare, Fighting Privatization, Resisting the Radical Right and More

Posted on January 19, 2017

Health Care for All Assessment Act: Because of the right wing’s determination to repeal the Affordable Care Act, 32 million Americans are in danger of losing access to health insurance, with 18 million likely...


New Progressive Agenda, Sex Education, Protecting Immigrants and More

Posted on January 5, 2017

Prevent Extortion of Immigrants Act: Because of Trump’s promise to deport millions of immigrants, they will be particularly vulnerable to extortion. You can sponsor or support the Prevent Extortion of Immigrants Act, which specifies that...


Hate Crimes, Fighting the Right, Environmental Toolkits and More

Posted on December 21, 2016

Hate Crimes Prevention Act: Since the November election, we have seen a wave of violence and threats against anyone who disagrees with the Radical Right. This will likely get worse. Right now, 45 states...