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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


Solitary Confinement, Gun Violence, Job Creation and More

Posted on February 4, 2016

Juvenile Justice Stop Solitary Confinement Act: President Obama recently announced a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders, but it only applies to the federal prison system. Here is a model bill to do...


Abortion Rights Strategy, Government Accounting Rule, Corporations Hoarding Cash and More

Posted on January 21, 2016

Women’s Right to the Pill Act: Women seeking contraception, especially emergency contraception, continue to face refusals when they go to the pharmacy. The anti-abortion movement, in some states, has become the anti-contraception movement as...


Abortion Rights, Financial Protection, Drug Offenders and More

Posted on January 7, 2016

Rape Survivor Information Act: Emergency contraception (EC) is exceptionally effective in preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex. Any woman who reports to law enforcement or college authorities that she has been sexually assaulted ought to...