Internet Privacy, Crime Rate, Passive Voice and More

Posted on June 19, 2019

Internet Privacy Protection Act: Pushing back against a bad FCC ruling, several states have enacted laws to protect customers from Internet service providers, the most recent being Maine’s LD 946. The Internet Privacy Protection Act would forbid ISPs from using or selling browsing histories, app usage data, geo-locations and other kinds of personal information without their users’ consent.

Avoid the passive voice: Richard Nixon and his press secretary were famously ridiculed for saying “mistakes were made.” And yet, the same phrase has been used ever since to avoid responsibility. Speaking that way is a lousy way to present your case for social change. To understand why, read the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Allowing Discrimination!? Trump Administration Proposes to Undo ACA’s Nondiscrimination Protections: The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services has proposed to weaken the Affordable Care Act’s prohibitions against discrimination based on gender identity or sex. This webinar by Families USA will cover what this means and what you need to do. To register, click here.

“Lost Decade” Casts a Post-Recession Shadow on State Finances: This story from the Pew Trusts includes ten very interesting charts. For example, state investment in infrastructure is at the lowest level in more than 50 years, states lost about 5 percent of employees, a few states seem to have excess fiscal reserves, and much more.

Crime in 2018: Final Analysis: The crime rate, violent crime rate, and murder rate all declined in 2018 according to a Brennan Center analysis of major cities. Reports of a new “crime wave” are false.

See us in the Exhibition Hall at the National Conference of State Legislatures: If you’re coming to NCSL in Nashville, August 5-8, please visit us in Exhibition Booth #726.


Abortion Rights Victories, Limiting Standardized Tests, Message Framing and More

Posted on June 5, 2019

Too Young to Test Act: Given their age, skills and abilities, it is developmentally inappropriate to administer standardized tests to students in prekindergarten through grade two, unless it is necessary for diagnostic screening. In...


Messaging Manipulation, Salary History, Community Schools and More

Posted on May 22, 2019

Salary History Anti-Discrimination Act: Both cities and states are banning employers from requesting a prospective employee’s salary history. The reason is that salary history unjustifiably perpetuates wage discrimination, most often against women and people...


Hate Speech, Teacher Pay, Tobacco Taxes and More

Posted on May 8, 2019

Tobacco Tax Act: Despite the fact that nearly all states have increased tobacco taxes in recent years, polls show that voters would gladly raise them again. The Tobacco Tax Act not only provides millions...


Foam Containers, Economics, Progressive Philosophy and More

Posted on April 24, 2019

Foam Food Container Prohibition Act: Expanded polystyrene is a lightweight material often used as foam food containers. After use, they often break into small beads, absorb toxins, and make their way into waterways where...


Five Words, Fifteen Podcasts, Advocacy Handbook and More

Posted on April 11, 2019

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 Aging...


Fair Pay, Gig Economy, Progressive Values and More

Posted on March 26, 2019

Fair Pay Act: For Women’s History Month, here’s a version of one of the strongest equal pay laws in the country. The Fair Pay Act provides that employers cannot engage in wage discrimination for...


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...


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...