Basic rules, Credit Checks, Tobacco Control and More

Posted on October 23, 2019

No Credit Checks in Employment Act: It has become fairly routine for employers to check the credit history of job applicants and employees, even though it has nothing to do with job performance. The No Credit Checks in Employment Act prohibits the use of credit checks for the purpose of making employment decisions.

The three most basic rules of politics: Too often, progressive policymakers and advocates ignore the most basic rules of politics: (1) Start by pursuing an achievable goal. (2) Target people who need to be, and can be, persuaded. (3) Create and deliver a message that persuades them. Read more about these rules in the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Why Gas Has to Go: The Institute for Local Self-Reliance posted a podcast about a revolutionary city ordinance in Berkeley, California, that bans natural gas hook-ups to new buildings effective January 1. The podcast explains how and why the ordinance was passed. Listen to the podcast here.

State policy update on reproductive health: This comprehensive update from the Guttmacher Institute describes and enumerates the hundreds of attacks on reproductive rights across the states in 2019.

Database of tobacco control laws in the states and localities: The American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation offers a database of laws about smoking, vaping and tobacco taxes that includes 15,000 laws from more than 5,500 places. It’s a great resource if you’re working on these policies.

See us at the exhibition hall at National League of Cities: If you’re coming to the National League of Cities conference in San Antonio, November 20-22, please visit us in Exhibition Booth #411.