Forever Chemicals, Supply Chain Problems, Rainy Day Funds and More

Posted on October 20, 2021

Protections from Forever Chemicals Act: A family of chemicals known as PFAS, often called “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down in the environment, are used in many household products and have been linked to cancers. The Protections from Forever Chemicals Act, based on newly-enacted California legislation, would ban their use in children’s products and disposable food packaging.

The education tragedy you haven’t heard about: Last week, the Department of Education reported that, for the first time since testing began in the 1970s, scores dropped on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Long-Term Trends (LTT) test. Comparing 2020 before schools closed with 2012, both math and reading scores declined for 13-year-olds and 9-year-olds. For details, read the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Why the supply chain problems and what to do: The breakdowns in supply chains for consumer products is hard to address because they’re almost all private operations. This National Public Radio podcast explains the problem and interviews Pete Buttigieg about solutions.

Trump voters fear they will suffer personally, socially, culturally and economically because of immigration: Obviously, this means immigrants of color. Read the eye-opening poll and analysis from Larry Sabato and the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

State rainy day funds swell to new record in the wake of pandemic downturn: Twenty-eight states grew their rainy day funds in the past fiscal year, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts. Interestingly, jurisdictions with the strongest and weakest reserve funds do not at all break down by red and blue states.

New York enacts a PLI model: While hundreds of bills are introduced every year from PLI models, that is (understandably) rarely mentioned. But recently, New York Governor Kathy Hochul acknowledged that PLI helped with a newly-enacted law.

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Conservative Selfishness, Troll Farms, Abortion Laws and More

Posted on October 6, 2021

Crisis Pregnancy Center Fraud Prevention Act: This year, Connecticut became the first state to enact legislation (SB 835), based on San Francisco’s successful anti-fraud statute, to address the problem of lies and misrepresentations by...

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Vaccine Mandates, Homeless Crisis, Aging Population and More

Posted on September 23, 2021

Prepare for an Aging Population Act: In most jurisdictions, the percent of elderly residents is growing fast. The Prepare for an Aging Population Act would establish a task force to study the state’s or...

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Abortion, COVID-19, School Lunch Eligibility and More

Posted on September 8, 2021

Temporary Workers Bill of Rights Act: In the “gig economy,” there are a lot of jobs that are essentially “temporary.” The Temporary Workers Bill of Rights Act establishes minimum standards and enforcement mechanisms for...

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Vaccine Skeptics, Census Data, Bold New Laws and More

Posted on August 25, 2021

Divestment from Fossil Fuels Act: It seems like every day we see new evidence of climate change, from wildfires in California to floods in Tennessee. With the Divestment from Fossil Fuels Act, every jurisdiction...

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Government Contractors, Liquor Taxes, Twelve Words and More

Posted on August 11, 2021

No Discrimination by Government Contractors Act: States and localities have routinely included language in government contracts to prevent certain types of discrimination. The No Discrimination by Government Contractors Act broadens anti-discrimination requirements to include...

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Agency Diversity, Anti-Vaxxers, Stupid Laws and More

Posted on July 28, 2021

Public Agency Diversity Act: Due to many factors, employees in public agencies tend to be disproportionately white and male. The Public Agency Diversity Act requires government offices, when hiring, to reach out to underrepresented...

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Nationalists and Populists, Ransomware, Racial Impacts and More

Posted on July 14, 2021

Racial Impact Statements Act: Nine states have developed methods for lawmakers to consider the impact of pending legislation on historically disadvantaged populations. The Racial Impact Statements Act creates such a procedure for state or...

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Engaging Emotion, Justice in Travel, Banning Yoga and More

Posted on June 30, 2021

Justice in Government-Funded Travel Act: A number of states are now overtly engaged in discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Justice in Government-Funded Travel Act prohibits or limits government-financed travel to...

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Election Deniers, Corporate Diversity, Resolution Strategy and More

Posted on June 16, 2021

Corporate Diverse Representation Act: Corporate boards are usually dominated by white males. The Corporate Diverse Representation Act requires publicly held companies with their principal executive office located in the state to have both female...

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