Juvenile Justice Reform, Explaining 2016 Elections, Rules of Direct Mail and More

Posted on June 23, 2016

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

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Pharmaceutical Transparency, Hate Speech, Lead-In-Water Tests and More

Posted on June 9, 2016

Pharmaceutical Cost Transparency Act: Last week, Vermont became the first state to enact a Pharmaceutical Cost Transparency Act, requiring drug companies to justify the most egregious Rx price increases. Under the new law, companies...

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Anti-Immigrant Bigotry, Progressive Values, Uber Licenses, and More

Posted on May 26, 2016

Abortion with Dignity Act: Many anti-abortion statutes violate one of the basic tenets of ethical medicine—informed consent. The Abortion with Dignity Act would provide a reproductive healthcare patient the right to sign a waiver...

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Tobacco Tax, Government Enforcement, Zika Virus and More

Posted on May 12, 2016

Tobacco Tax Act: Despite cigarette tax increases in recent years, polls show that voters would gladly raise them higher in places like Idaho, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, California and essentially any other state. The Tobacco Tax...

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Greenhouse Gas, Job Piracy, Crime Rates and More

Posted on April 28, 2016

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act: Despite universal acknowledgement that governments need to act aggressively to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, only eight states are real leaders on the issue (CA, MA, MD, MA, NY, OR, VT...

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Felony Theft Reform, Myths of Persuasion, Helping the Homeless and More

Posted on April 14, 2016

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...

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Honeybees, Earned Media, Stun Cuffs and More

Posted on March 31, 2016

Pollinator Protection Act: An ongoing, serious die-off of honeybees is threatening many of the crops that make up our food supply. We can do something about it. Studies confirm that neonicotinoid pesticides contribute to...

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Aging Population, Gun Violence, Voting Machines and More

Posted on March 17, 2016

Prepare for an Aging Population Act: As the Baby Boom Generation ages, both state and local governments will need to respond with new programs and services. Shouldn’t we prepare now? The Prepare for an...

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100 Model Bills, Long-Term Care, PLI in Slate and More

Posted on March 3, 2016

More than 100 model bills, all in one place: The Public Leadership Institute offers model legislation addressing all areas of state and local policy. If you’re looking for a bill to sponsor or promote,...

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Focusing on Principles, Fair Debt, Repro Rights Report and More

Posted on February 18, 2016

Fair Debt Buying Practices Act: Over the past seven years, the debt buying industry has greatly expanded, using lax documentation requirements to collect from the wrong consumer or for a debt that is no...

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