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...

SHARE

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...

SHARE

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...

SHARE

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...

SHARE

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...

SHARE

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...

SHARE

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...

SHARE

Drones, Taxation, Speaking Like a Fourth-Grader and More

Posted on January 30, 2019

Tax Expenditure Sunset Act: All government spending should receive the same scrutiny. And yet, while budget line items are reviewed and adjusted every year, there are insufficient mechanisms for reviewing tax expenditures. The Tax...

SHARE

New Model Bills, Drug Testing, Clean Energy and More

Posted on January 16, 2019

End Marijuana Drug Testing Act: Either recreational or medical marijuana is now legal in 33 states and the District of Columbia. Yet, perhaps half of employers conduct drug tests for marijuana on job candidates,...

SHARE

The 150th Biweekly PLI Bulletin

Posted on January 2, 2019

Prescription Drug Affordability Act: Because of federal restrictions, states have found it hard to find a way to directly lower the cost of prescription drugs to their residents. This new legislation from Maryland, the...

SHARE