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...


Election Recounts, School Vouchers, Juvenile Justice and More

Posted on December 8, 2016

Juvenile Justice Stop Solitary Act: Earlier this year, the Obama Administration banned solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons. But the vast majority of prisoners are in state and local facilities—and that’s where we...


2016 Messaging, Protecting Immigrants, Ballot Victories and More

Posted on November 23, 2016

Don’t Ask Immigration Status Act: Every city and county should direct its employees—including police—not to inquire about anyone’s immigration status unless explicitly required to do so by federal or state law. That’s what the...


Early Voting, Pay Gap, Housing Policy and More

Posted on October 26, 2016

Absentee and Early Voting Act: If you’re in one of the many states that still do not have a reasonable system of no-excuse-needed absentee and early voting, you must be feeling left out right...


Voter Protection Act, Abortion Rights Poll, Right Wing Watch and More

Posted on October 13, 2016

Voter Protection Act: Too many Americans are prevented from exercising their right to vote because of voter intimidation or suppression, or by mistakes by election officials. The Voter Protection Act bans specific types of...


New Website, How to Debate, Student Debt and More

Posted on September 28, 2016

122 model bills on our NEW WEBSITE: Come visit PLI’s new website! Part of it offers a library of model legislation addressing all areas of state and local policy. If you’re looking for a...


Abortion Coverage Equity, 20 Progressive Bills, Coming Teacher Shortage and More

Posted on September 15, 2016

Abortion Coverage Equity Act: Although it is common practice for private insurance to cover abortion, most states block coverage in one way or another. For example, 33 states prohibit the use of Medicaid funds...


Ordinances for Localities, Guns in Schools, Keys to Persuasion and More

Posted on September 1, 2016

Help Drug Offenders Act: A 1996 federal law allows states to decide if people who are convicted of drug felonies should be eligible for food stamps or TANF. There is a recent trend toward...


Fair Pay Act, How to Lobby, College Funding Cuts and More

Posted on August 18, 2016

Fair Pay Act: Massachusetts just enacted SB 2119, one of the strongest equal pay laws in the country. Starting in July 2018, employers cannot engage in wage discrimination for the same or “comparable” positions,...


CPC Fraud Prevention, Science of Persuasion, Early Childhood Education and More

Posted on August 4, 2016

Crisis Pregnancy Center Fraud Prevention Act: The City of Oakland, California recently enacted a truth-in-advertising law that addresses fraud by crisis pregnancy centers, which are anti-abortion offices masquerading as medical clinics. The Oakland statute is...