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NCSL in the News April 2013

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NCSL in the News: April 2013


April 25


Senate advances Internet sales tax bill, but final vote delayed until after weeklong vacation
The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates that states lost $23 billion last year because they couldn’t collect taxes on out-of-state sales. The Washington Post

Calif. would take in billions if online sales-tax bill passes
Max Behlke, manager of state-federal relations at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), said the Marketplace Fairness Act would send more money to California compared to a 2011 state law, which applied only to Amazon.com and a handful of other e-commerce giants. KXTV News10

Pot Smokers Can Be Fired Lawfully For Drug Use In Colorado
The judge agreed with Dish Network that medical marijuana use isn’t a “lawful activity” covered by a state law intended to protect cigarette smokers from being fired for legal behavior off the clock. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, more than half of all states have such laws. NewsOXY

Internet sales tax bill to hit roadblock in House
The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates that states lost $23 billion last year because they couldn't collect taxes on out-of-state sales. Missoulian

Tax-free Internet shopping in jeopardy
The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates that states lost $23 billion last year because they couldn't collect taxes on out-of-state sales. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Internet sales tax bill cruising through Senate; will soon hit roadblock in GOP-led House
The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates that states lost $23 billion last year because they couldn’t collect taxes on out-of-state sales. The Washington Post

Internet sales tax divides TN delegation
Sen. Bob Corker said in a statement the bill will help forestall the need for a state income tax in Tennessee. The state loses at least $749 million a year because of its inability to apply sales taxes to Internet transactions involving out-of-state vendors, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. WBIR

In the name of tax fairness
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the online sales tax evasion amounts to about $23 billion a year, more than $706 million a year in Pennsylvania alone. Daily Review & Sunday Review

Carper, Coons: Internet sales-tax bill could spur shopping in Delaware
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the amount of uncollected sales tax owed to 45 states totaled $24 billion in fiscal 2012. gobeachcomber.com

VA-Sen: Mark Warner (D) Appointed Chairman Of Senate Commerce Subcommittee
One group estimates Virginia is missing out on hundreds of millions of dollars each year — $422 million in FY2012 — according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The group says in all, states will lose $23 billion in 2012. Daily Kos

SC Students Wouldn't Have to Pass Exit Exam to Graduate if Bill Passes
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 25 states require high school students to pass an exit exam to graduate. That's down from28 in 2010. Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee dropped the requirement. Alabama will end its exit exam in 2015. WJBF

Senate advances bill to tax Internet sales
The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates that states lost $23 billion last year because they couldn't collect taxes on out-of-state sales. Herald Tribune

Royce White speaks out about mental illness
Forristall said lawmakers are members of ALEC, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Council of State Governments. Quad-Cities Times

Md. Comptroller Weighs In On National Internet Sales Tax Debate
The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates that states lost $23 billion last year because they couldn’t collect taxes on out-of-state sales. CBS Baltimore

School Safety Since Newtown: Analysis Tallies State Legislation
“Obviously there’s been quite a big reaction. There’s a really big volume of legislation on this issue,” said Lauren Heintz, a research analyst at the National Conference of State Legislatures who has tracked state school safety bills. Kitsap Sun

April 24

Online sellers may have to collect sales tax
If the bill passes the Senate, it will head to the House Judiciary Committee before being considered on the House floor, says Max Behlke, a policy specialist and lobbyist for the National Conference of State Legislatures. He says NCSL is hoping for a final vote and passage before this summer. USA TODAY

Minnesota lawmakers volunteer for drug tests
The National Conference of State Legislatures reports that Alabama, Illinois and Texas are debating drug testing for lawmakers and welfare recipients alike. Kansas added lawmakers to the list of welfare and unemployment recipients, who are subject to random drug tests if they were suspected of drug abuse. That bill passed this month. Minneapolis Star Tribune

Internet sales tax gains momentum in Congress
In 2012, $23 billion in sales taxes, mostly from online purchases, went uncollected across the country, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, including about $72.5 million in the District, $376 million in Maryland and $423 million in Virginia — money that the Senate bill could help capture in the future. Washington Times

The end of tax-free online shopping draws nearer
The bill is supported by the White House and e-commerce giant Amazon.com and embraced by brick-and-mortar retailers, their trade association and the National Conference of State Legislatures. NBC News

Maine House defeats right-to-work, union dues bills
There are now 24 right-to-work states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Most of their laws were enacted in the 1940s and 1950s; four states have enacted the provisions since 1985. Kennebec Journal

Outside group to review legislative staff
The organization and management of the Legislature’s professional staff will be reviewed by a team from the National Conference of State Legislatures, under an agreement reached Tuesday by the Legislature’s Executive Board. The Daily Republic

Vote to block government-funded abortions passes in Pa. House
When the federal health care reform law was passed in March 2010, it included a provision allowing states to opt out of covering abortion in the state-level exchanges. So far, 17 other states have done so, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Philadelphia Daily News

Internet tax worth millions for Ky.
The Senate is poised to vote Thursday on legislation that would permit states to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases — even if the retailer is in a different state — and give Kentucky an estimated $224.5 million in annual revenue. That’s the estimate of the National Conference of State Legislatures, which estimated that combined all 50 states lost $23 billion in revenue in 2012 from uncollected Internet sales taxes. Cincinnati Enquirer

Simple matter of tax fairness (Opinion)
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the online sales tax evasion amounts to about $23 billion a year, more than $706 million a year in Pennsylvania alone. Scranton Times-Tribune

Elections official pans N.J. early-voting bill
A total of 32 states offer some form of early voting, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Citizen's Voice

Vt. co-ops push for GMO labeling
About 18 other states are considering some sort of GMO labeling legislation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Last month, Whole Foods Market, a national grocery chain, announced a 2018 deadline for suppliers to label GMO-derived food for its stores in the U.S. and Canada. Fosters Daily Democrat

Hand over your Facebook password? No way, say two Wisconsin lawmakers
Mexico and Utah -- have moved to ban certain groups such as employers or schools from requesting that their students or workers turn over their social media accounts and passwords, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Legislation is pending in at least 35 states, the group reports. Pioneer Press

Bill limiting online checks a reasonable compromise (Opinion)
So far, nine states - Arkansas, California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico and Utah - have banned groups such as employers or schools from requesting that their students or workers turn over their social media accounts and passwords, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Legislation is being considered in at least 35 states, the conference says. It has passed in both red and blue states and often attracted bipartisan support. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Sens. Burr, Coburn, Thune Introduce Identical Pension Bill to One in House
“You have members of a dysfunctional legislature telling state and local governments they need to get with the program. That is misguided,” said Michael Bird, senior federal affairs counsel at the National Conference of State Legislatures. Inside Fidelity

Internet sales tax fight moves to Senate floor
The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates that Utah misses out on $180 million in sales tax because of online sales to consumers or between businesses. Salt Lake Tribune

April 23

Bill could lead largely to end of Internet sales tax loophole
The National Conference of State Legislatures, which supports the bill, estimated that states lost $23 billion in sales tax revenue last year, about half from Internet sales and half from other out-of-state sales, such as from catalogs and some business-to-business transactions. Those forms of so-called remote sales would be covered under the bill. Los Angeles Times

Senate moves closer to backing online sales taxes
The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates states in 2012 lost more than $11 billion in sales tax revenue from online retailers based in other states. CBS News

In Tax Fight, Amazon Hands Baton to eBay
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, $23 billion is lost annually from out-of-state sales, a considerable portion from online transactions. New York Times

Gender-neutral language bill signed by Gov. Inslee
About half of all U.S. states have moved toward such gender-neutral language at varying levels, from drafting bills to changing state constitutions, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Florida and Minnesota already have completely revised their laws as Washington state is doing. AP/Moscow-Pullman Daily News

Bill that would end "double dipping" gets hearing
In compiling research for the legislation, Turner asked the National Conference of State Legislatures to identify states that allow the type of double-dipping Perry is doing. The group told him Texas was the only state the NCSL could find. El Paso News

Internet Sales Tax Gets Fast Track in Senate
The Marketplace Fairness Act has broad support among sales-tax states that stand to collect more than $11 billion in new revenue if the measure becomes law. The National Conference of State Legislatures has lobbied hard for the bill since late last year. HispanicBusiness.com

Online sales tax: Senate moves closer to passing Marketplace Fairness Act
The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates states in 2012 lost more than $11 billion in sales tax revenue from online retailers based in other states. Washington Examiner

Heavy hitters on GMO, emergency shield & brass knuckles
At least 18 other state legislatures are considering GMO labeling bills this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Press Herald

Ore. bill would guard students’ Facebook passwords
Legislation to ban employers from accessing an employee’s personal accounts has been introduced or is pending in at least 35 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. AP/KOIN

April 22

Wall Street vs. Its Employees' Privacy
Social-media privacy legislation has been introduced or is under way in 35 states since the start of 2013, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Wall Street Journal/Yahoo! Finance

Poll: Two-thirds reject new gas tax to fix highway infrastructure
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 17 states have recently approved or are considering increased tax hikes to fund infrastructure improvements and mass-transit projects. The Hill

Education, jobs top governors' policy agendas, new study of all 50 finds
It is admittedly no easy task to professionally monitor what's happening locally in 50 far-flung states, especially given the contraction of resources at traditional media news-gatherers. The National Governors Associationis available, of course, from the chief executive point of view. And the National Conference of State Legislatures. Investors Business Daily

Quest for online sales tax revenue is ongoing
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) estimates that Colorado lost $352.6 million in sales and use taxes that went uncollected from customers of online and catalog retailers in 2012 alone. The Colorado Statesman

North Carolina House bill would end runoffs after primaries
North Carolina is one of nine states that conduct runoffs for most races if a primary victor doesn't exceed a certain threshold, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. AP/ABC News

Maine bill aims to teach kids basic finances
Pouliot presented information from the National Conference of State Legislatures that shows 32 states are considering legislation related to financial literacy or financial education. Morning Sentinel

Wisconsin lawmakers tackle issue of social media privacy
Since last year, nine states - California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Arkansas, New Mexico and Utah - have moved to ban certain groups such as employers or schools from requesting that their students or workers turn over their social media accounts and passwords, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Vote for all three amendments (Editorial)
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 13 states already have this guarantee written into their constitutions. And Idaho, Kentucky and Nebraska hope to follow suit this year. Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

League of Women Voters hosts lunch with Sen. Pileggi
Sen. Pileggi also represents the state at the national level. He currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; the Board of Directors of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation; and the National Conference of State Legislatures Redistricting and Elections. Delaware County Daily Times

Momentum building behind voting reform bills
Thirty-two states and Washington, D.C., have adopted early voting laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Abington Mariner

Symposium to examine political mapmaking
The one-day program is called “Who holds the crayons? How other states draw legislative district lines,” and is hosted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University. It will feature panelists not only from Illinois, but from the National Conference of State Legislatures and other states. State Journal-Register

Fargo Lawmaker Heads Medical Marijuana Initiative
The National Conference of State Legislatures says Montana and 16 other states allow medical marijuana. South Dakota has rejected the idea twice. AP/KFGO

Push for assisted suicide gains steam in six states
Bills legalizing assisted suicide are being considered in Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, Kansas and Hawaii – and in Massachusetts, where proponents decided to resume their efforts after the public vote, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks legislative trends. AP/Press Herald

Pennsylvania may soon embrace online voter registration
Twelve states already have online paperless voter registration. Four other states have passed legislation facilitating online registration but have not begun registering voters electronically yet, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan research organization. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Evan Ebel got time off sentence for being in programs he was booted from
Most states have a way to take away or return earned time based on inmate behavior, said Alison Lawrence of the National Conference of State Legislatures, who wrote "Cutting Corrections Costs: Earned Time Policies for State Prisoners." The Denver Post

Maine lawmaker seeks tighter pharmacy regulation
Since then, state lawmakers in more than 10 states have proposed tighter restrictions, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Morning Sentinel
http://www.onlinesentinel.com/politics/tighter-pharmacy-regulation-sought_2013-04-22.html

Despite law, some families lack autism coverage
In the past few years, more than half the states have passed legislation mandating some level of autism coverage, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. But some families of autistic children say they've received little or no benefits. AP

Reed, Chafee push for Marketplace Fairness Act
According to a non-partisan report by the National Conference of State Legislatures, Rhode Island lost out on an estimated $70.4 million in uncollected sales tax revenue last year because of the inability to collect from online and catalog sellers. WPRO


April 19

Election day registration, universal mail ballots, get first OK by Colorado full House
Voters would also be able to register to vote on the day of an election, joining eight states and the District of Columbia that currently allow the practice, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Associated Press in The Denver Post

Online tax holiday might end
The failure of online shoppers to pay their Internet buying taxes adds up to $23 billion dollars less for state budgets, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Miami Herald/newsobserver.com

Rise of domestic drones draws questions about privacy, limiting use
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, so far in 2013, 39 states that introduced 83 bills related to unmanned aerial systems. Most would limit their activity. PBS NewsHour/netnebraska.org and the Sacramento Bee

North Carolina House bill would end runnoffs after primaries
North Carolina is one of nine states that conduct runoffs for most races if a primary victor doesn't exceed a certain threshold, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Associated Press in WRAL.com

Young lawmakers behind bills requiring schools to teach financial literacy
Pouliot presented information from the National Conference of State Legislatures that shows 32 states are considering legislation related to financial literacy or financial education. Kennebec Journal

4/20 brings up debate over marijuana legalization at Ohio State
Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize recreational use of marijuana back in November, and in 18 states and Washington, D.C., medical marijuana is legal, according to the national conference of state legislatures. The Lantern

(Letters) Insurers need to view interpreters as medical necessity
The National Conference of State Legislatures cited a 2009 report by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies stating that health disparities for minorities increased national medical care expenditures by about $230 billion between 2003 and 2006. The Boston Globe

Education, jobs top governors' policy agendas, new study of all 50 finds
It is admittedly no easy task to professionally monitor what's happening locally in 50 far-flung states, especially given the contraction of resources at traditional media news-gatherers. The National Governors Associationis available, of course, from the chief executive point of view. And the National Conference of State Legislatures. investors.com

April 18

Lawmakers pass bills on campaign finance, early voting, STDs and interlock devices
The average time for in-person early voting is 22 days, compared to Nebraska's 35, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Lincoln Journal Star

Bill to measure pension liabilities by fair market value introduced in House
Michael Bird, senior federal affairs counsel with the National Conference of State Legislatures, questioned whether the legislation would do more than add “another layer of federal government reporting” and how it would be managed. “The federal government is $17 trillion in debt, without a plan, and they want to help us?” Mr. Bird said. Pensions & Investments

(Opinion) Tax Internet sales, stimulate growth
The exemption of Internet and out-of-state retailers from collecting state sales taxes reduced state revenues by $23.3 billion in 2012 alone, according to an estimate by the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Wall Street Journal

Legislators' sex-ed proposal baffles some educators
As of February 22 states, including Ohio and the District of Columbia, require public schools to teach sex education; 33 states, including Ohio and the District of Columbia, say students must be taught about HIV/AID; three states--Arizona, Nevada and Utah-—require parental consent before a child can receive instructio; and 35 states, including Ohio, and the District of Columbia allow parents to withhold their children from sex education. Sources: National Conference of State Legislatures, Guttmacher Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Columbus Dispatch

Teen 'sexting' case fuels debate over punishment
Nationally, at least 20 states have passed legislation on sexting since 2009, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Washington Post in azcentral.com

Connecticut House calls for constitutional amendment to expand voting options
Twenty-seven states and Washington, D.C., allow voters to vote by absentee ballot without requiring a reason; 32 states and Washington, D.C., have early voting; and two states use automatic mail voting instead of traditional polling sites, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Day

Bipartisan bill seeks to protect social media privacy
Similar legislation has been introduced in at least 35 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Arkansas, New Mexico and Utah have already enacted laws this year. LaCrosse Tribune

Fargo lawmaker heads medical marijuana initiative
The National Conference of State Legislatures says Montana and 16 other states allow medical marijuana. KFGO

(Opinion) Background checks for social services in North Carolina
North Carolina may be the only state to have passed a law requiring background checks, but according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least seven states have passed legislation related to drug testing for public assistance. Another 29 have proposed them. Policy Shop

(Opinion)
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 12 other states, including Texas and Utah, have passed laws to allow illegal immigrants to attend college at in-state rates.

April 17

Minnesota Senate passes legislative pay increase
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 23 states have Legislatures like Minnesota's where members work part-time to full-time hours. Minnesota Public Radio

Nebraska's dubious achievement award: the filibuster
The National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver says filibusters are rare in state Legislatures -- except Nebraska's. Filibusters can be cut off with a simple majority of lawmaker votes in most states. "You pretty much never or hardly ever see them," Brenda Erickson, program principal for NCSL. "Most have limited session lengths, so you cannot afford to have truly unlimited debate." McCook Daily Gazette

Online voter registration bill heads to Pennsylvania House
The National Conference of State Legislatures says 16 states have approved online voter registration and it's a hot topic in more than a dozen other states. Associated Press in York Daily Record

North Carolina funds for private student grants debate revs up
At least 12 states and the District of Columbia provide state-funded school vouchers for qualifying students, which includes children with disabilities in a majority of those states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Businessweek

April 16

Online voter registration bills see support from Texas House, Senate committees
Arizona, which was the first state to create a completely online registration system in 2002, now receives more than 70 percent of its applications digitally, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Houston Chronicle

The tax you probably forgot to report
Meanwhile, brick and mortar retailers, along with the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Governor’s Association, are hoping that The Main Street Fairness Act will be part of tax reform this year. Forbes

Federal lawmakers push for online tax
In the dozen or more years since the issue of sales taxes on out-of-state Web commerce first surfaced, technology has changed rapidly and “Internet commerce has boomed,” said Max Behlke, the point person on the issue for the National Conference of State Legislatures. Kuwait Times

Vermont co-ops push for GMO labeling
About 18 other states are considering some sort of genetically modified organisims (GMO) labeling legislation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. nbcnews.com

Children of a lesser God
Ten states, including Arizona and Colorado, increase their minimum wages annually for inflation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Farmington Daily Times

Redistricting symposium worth the trip to Springfield
Speakers from the National Conference of State Legislatures, Minnesota State Senate, California Citizens Redistricting Commission, Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, Iowa Public Interest Institute, Bradley University, University of Illinois, and Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) will shed light on redistricting, here and in other states. saukvalley.com

(Opinion) Title-only bills skirt constitution 
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, most states outlaw title-only bills. Washington is one of the few to allow them. The Bellingham Herald

(Opinion) Lawmakers should strive for uniform tax treatment 
Nationwide, the National Conference of State Legislatures estimates that the lost tax revenue was about $23.3 billion in 2012. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

April 15

While Congress slumbers, laws pass elsewhere
"A lot of these issues are more prominent at the state level than the federal level, because you know nothing can happen on them at the federal level," says Bill Pound, executive director of the National Conference of State Legislatures. NPR

(Column) Three reasons McDonnell's wedding gift controversy should spark outrage
Peggy Kerns, director of the Center for Ethics in Government at the National Conference of State Legislatures, said a sensible ethical standard was “meeting the appearance of propriety.” She explained: “You don’t want the public to roll their eyes or be disdainful of any action that a public official does.” The Washington Post

Nonprofit recruiter plan has plenty of questions
Eight states use some sort of public-private partnership, or a nonprofit model, to handle economic development, according to Todd Haggerty, fiscal policy analyst for the National Conference of State Legislatures. Winston-Salem Journal

Major election changes considered in Colorado
Oregon and Washington mail ballots to every eligible voter, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Associated Press in CBS Denver

West Virginia Legislature rejects natural gas proposals
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, West Virginia charges a 5 percent severance tax on the gross value for all oil and natural gas produced. Tribune Chronicle

Buckeyes for concealed carry holds open holster demonstration 
Ohio is one of 22 states that ban carrying concealed weapons on a college campus, according to National Conference of State Legislatures. The Lantern

K-12  issues in mix as state legislatures wrap up
Following the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., in December, hundreds of bills related to school security have been introduced in legislatures around the country, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Education Week

State motorcycle riders split on helmet law
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, when Florida repealed its motorcycle helmet law for adults in 2000, motorcycle fatalities jumped from 259 in 2000 to 413 in 2009. Battle Creek Enquirer

States move along different roads to tackle underfunding dilemma
While pension reform is not a new phenomenon — 43 states enacted retirement plan changes between 2009 and 2011, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures — states are taking different paths, including efforts to move to cash balance plans, alter cost-of-living adjustments or shore up funds through alternative revenue sources. Pensions & Investments

'Supremacy clause' causes confusion over Real ID requirements
Last Dec. 20, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) reported the federal Department of Homeland Security issued a press release announcing that beginning Jan. 15, “those states that are not in compliance with the REAL ID standards will receive a temporary deferment of enforcement, of at least six months, during which Federal agencies will continue to accept state-issued drivers licenses and identification cards from those states for boarding commercial aircraft and other official purposes.” Missouri News Tribune

Online security tips and reputation management for job hunters
While the National Conference of State Legislatures says eight states currently restrict use of employer credit checks in the hiring process, and many more have legislation pending, you may still be asked to submit to a credit check. desototimestribune.com

League of Women Voters host lunch with Senator Dominic Pileggi
Senator Pileggi also represents the state at the national level. He currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; the Board of Directors of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation; and the National Conference of State Legislatures Redistricting and Elections committee. The Delaware County Daily Times

Case before Mississippi Supreme Court shows fetal homicide laws not consistent nationally
The National Conference of State Legislatures lists Mississippi as one of 38 states with a fetal homicide law. Associated Press in The Mississippi Press

For McDonnell, big money causes big problems
An overview of ethics laws by the National Conference of State Legislatures shows consistent inconsistency. That means what could be illegal in some states is legal in Virginia, including gifts to family members. The Daily Progress

(Column) What would happen if Florida primaries were nonpartisan?
The National Conference of State Legislatures provides a comprehensive list of primary types in all 50 states. IVN

(Op-ed) Americans are resilient, nationwide LGBTQ+ ruling okay
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there are only nine states and one district that now legally license same gender LGBTQ+ marriages. digitaljournal.com

April 12

K-12 Issues in Mix as State Legislatures Wrap Up
Following the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., in December, hundreds of bills related to school security have been introduced in legislatures around the country, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Education Week

Drug Testing Bills Proliferate In State Legislatures
Researchers at the non-partisan NCSL said that the bills usually comes from Republicans in Republican-dominated states and that they sometimes garner Democratic support, too. While lawmakers have been interested in drug testing the poor for decades, lately there is more interest than ever.  "It is a relatively recent phenomenon," said the organization's Jeanne Mejeur.  The Huffington Post

Republican revival: What the states can teach the national party
Take a look at budget balancing. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, every state–except for Vermont–is required either to balance budgets or are forbidden to carry over a deficit.  MSNBC

(Column) National Conference of State Legislatures report no cause for concern
A report by the National Conference of State Legislatures shows that only three states have a lower percentage of females in their legislatures than Oklahoma. newsok.com

Bill restricting abortion coverage no long shot, says Senate GOP
But states are permitted under the Affordable Care Act to limit abortion coverage offered through the exchanges, and according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 17 others have passed laws to do so.  WITF

Drones and Law Enforcement in America: The Unmanned Police Surveillance State
The National Conference of State Legislatures has heard about more than 70 bills in around 40 states that address the use of drones.  Center for Research on Globalization

Is raising taxes a real alternative to LePage’s budget?
In New England, a 10 percent state tax on hotel stays would place Maine in the middle of the pack, behind Connecticut (15 percent) and Rhode Island (12 percent) and ahead of New Hampshire (9 percent), Vermont (9 percent) and Massachusetts (5.7 percent), according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Bangor Daily News

Citizens United Reform Bills Pair Disclosure Mandate With Higher Contribution Limits
Thirty-nine states currently have strict contribution limits on the books, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  The Huffington Post

Online security tips and reputation management for job-hunters
While the National Conference of State Legislatures says eight states currently restrict use of employer credit checks in the hiring process, and many more have legislation pending, you may still be asked to submit to a credit check.  DeSoto Times Tribune

April 11

1,500 bills taking aim at gun laws
Sunlight based its analysis of state legislation on data collected from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the National Conference of State Legislatures, our own alert tool Scout, as well as our Open States project.  Philadelphia Daily News

Nebraska's Dubious Achievement Award: The Filibuster
The National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver says filibusters are rare in state Legislatures — except Nebraska’s. Filibusters can be cut off with a simple majority of lawmaker votes in most states. “You pretty much never or hardly ever see them,” Brenda Erickson, program principal for NCSL. “Most have limited session lengths, so you cannot afford to have truly unlimited debate.”  Beatrice Daily Sun

Senate approves bill requiring drug testing for welfare recipients
In 2011, Florida became the first state to pass a law requiring all TANF applicants to undergo drug testing since 2003 when a judge ruled a Michigan pilot program was unconstitutional, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Lafayette Journal and Courier

Correction: Elections Overhaul-Colorado story
Oregon and Washington mail ballots to every eligible voter, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  San Francisco Chronicle

States rack up victories in bids to collect online sales taxes
"These deals and legislation and resolutions that are passing in states are really sounding the trumpet to tell Congress loud and clear that this is a problem that needs to be fixed on the congressional level as soon as possible," said Max Behlke, manager of state and federal affairs for the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Inside Bay Area

Ga. Group Operates a Charter-Specific Teacher Certification Program
Only a small portion of states with charter schools have passed laws to dedicate facilities funding for charter schools, according to a brief published in December 2011 from the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Education Week

Advocates: Momentum building behind Bay State voting reforms
Thirty-two states and Washington, D.C., have adopted early voting laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Norton Local

Why Republicans Are Wrong About Recalls
Over the longer course of history, “recall attempts at the state level have been unsuccessful,”the National Conference of State Legislatures has noted.  Urban Milwaukee

April 10

States Eye $11 Billion Windfall from Online Sales Tax
“These deals and legislation and resolutions that are passing in states are really sounding the trumpet to tell Congress loud and clear that this is a problem that needs to be fixed on the congressional level as soon as possible,” said Max Behlke, manager of state and federal affairs for the National Conference of State Legislatures.  The Fiscal Times
 
North Carolina’s nonprofit recruiter plan is fluid
Eight states use some sort of public-private partnership, or a nonprofit model, to handle economic development, according to Todd Haggerty, fiscal policy analyst for the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Greensboro News & Record
 
Undocumented immigrants lobby for in-state tuition
At least 12 states have laws requiring universities to offer in-state tuition to undocumented resident students, while six states have laws that deny benefits, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  The Detroit News
 
Impact of state motorcycle helmet law debated
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, when Florida repealed its motorcycle helmet law for adults in 2000, motorcycle fatalities jumped from 259 in 2000 to 413 in 2009.  Traverse City Record Eagle
 
Students wear empty holsters to protest campus ban of concealed weapons
Florida is one of 22 states that ban concealed weapons on college and university facilities, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  WUFT
 
US politicians to hold state conference at Holyrood this summer
It will be the first time the National Conference of State Legislatures has met outside the United States.  STV Local
 
Gay teenagers deserve same legal protection given straight teens
It’s not unusual for states to allow discretion for teenage relationships in their sex offender laws, according to the Associated Press, citing the National Conference of State Legislatures. It is unusual, however, for a state to attach an “opposite sex” requirement to the law.  Austin American Statesman
 
Western Pa. parents, safety experts leery of arming school staff
At least 28 states are considering legislation that would allow personnel to carry guns in public schools, according to Lauren Heintz, a research analyst at the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver.  Tribune-Review
 
Column: Tax changes in governor’s plan could hurt, not help
The governor’s plan includes a 19 percent increase in the income tax rate. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, we already have the third-highest income tax per capita in the nation.  The Salem News
 
Sparks fly as Senate panel debates school vouchers
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, many states have provisions in their sex offender laws allowing some leeway in prosecuting teenage relationships.  The Courier
 
Advocates: Momentum building behind Bay State voting reforms
Thirty-two states and Washington, D.C., have adopted early voting laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Norton Mirror
 
Maine Senate approves hike in minimum wage
Twenty-three other states are weighing legislation to increase their minimum wages, according to an assessment by the National Conference of State Legislatures on Feb. 13.  Morning Sentinel

April 9

States Rush to Ban Employers from Asking for Social Media Passwords
“In the bills this year, lawmakers are seeking the balance between employee and employer concerns,”  says Pam Greenberg, who monitors technology trends for the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Time

Oregon May Be 1st with Automatic Voter Registration
Since 2011, about 13 states have considered bills related to automatic voter registration, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Currently, lawmakers in Florida, Hawaii and Texas are considering legislation similar to the Oregon proposal.  Governing

State Laws Could Muddle Same-Sex Marriage Benefits
Now, nine states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriage, the National Conference of State Legislatures.  NPR

Gas gets more taxing per gallon
The Wall Street Journal. Seventeen states have recently enacted or are thinking about changing their gas taxes in order to increase their transportation budgets, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Market Watch

NC moves toward drug testing for those on welfare
Seven states require drug testing for those on welfare, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. At least 29 states have proposed laws this year.  Asheville Citizen-Times

Impact of Michigan's motorcycle helmet law debated
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, when Florida repealed its motorcycle helmet law for adults in 2000, motorcycle fatalities jumped from 259 in 2000 to 413 in 2009.  MLive

US politicians to host conference at Scottish Parliament in latest tie-in between two countries
It will be the first time the National Conference of State Legislatures meets outside the States.  The announcement was made during Scotland Week, which celebrates ties between the countries.  Scottish Daily Record

UPDATE: Indiana panel drops school staff guns requirement
Lawmakers in more than 20 states are considering proposals to allow armed school employees, but no states currently require it, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  WSBT

Senate bill refinances unemployment insurance debt
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 22 states and the U.S. Virgin islands owe a total of $28.8 billion to the government for unemployment insurance loans, with California leading the way with a $10.7 billion debt.  Houston Chronicle

Arkansas Unemployment Drug Testing Bill Passes State Senate
Some other states have adopted measures making a person discharged from work for failing an employer's drug test on the job ineligible to collect employment benefits, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  The Huffington Post

The Case Against Redefining Marriage
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, many states including Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, recognize Civil Unions, which give homosexual couples all the rights and privileges of marriage.  The Dartmouth Review

Dream Act Application Count for Cal Grants Tops 20,000
California joins Texas and New Mexico in offering state assistance for college to unauthorized immigrants, said Ann Morse, program director of the Immigrant Policy Project at the National Conference of State Legislatures.  U-T San Diego

Illinois measure eyes controls on drones
The National Conference of State Legislatures has identified more than 70 bills in nearly 40 states that address the use of drones.  Arlington Heights Daily Herald

Oklahoma's ratio of women in Legislature among nation's lowest
Oklahoma has the fourth-lowest percentage of female legislators in the nation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  The Oklahoman

Bill Would Allow Concealed Guns on SC College Campuses
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Utah is the only state with a law that does not allow colleges to ban concealed weapons.  WSPA

A new push to bar minors from using tanning beds; what do you think?
California bars minors from using indoor tanning beds, and 33 other states impose restrictions on minors, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Penn Live

More Dead, Injured After Cycle Helmet Law Change
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, when Florida repealed its motorcycle helmet law for adults in 2000, motorcycle fatalities jumped from 259 in 2000 to 413 in 2009.  Monroe News

Capitol digest: Senate confirmations, national chairman, Santorum visit
Sen. Bob Dvorsky, D-Coralville, has been named vice chairman of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Budgets and Revenue Committee.  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

NRO Attempts To Manufacture Outrage Over Beneficial Medicaid Program
A brief in the May, 2012, issue of the National Conference of State Legislatures' periodical noted that "Medicaid can save states millions of dollars" by expanding access to former inmates.  Media Matters for America

April 8

Kansas anti-abortion law: How divided can the states get?
“This is an administration that doesn’t take the states and locals as it finds them. It has an agenda,” Paul Posner, a federalism expert at George Mason University in Virginia, has said, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Christian Science Monitor

Arkansas Senate passes unemployment drug testing bill
Some other states have adopted measures making a person discharged from work for failing an employer's drug test on the job ineligible to collect employment benefits, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Reuters

Bill proposes plastic bag fee in Maine
This year, eight other states — Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, D.C., — have proposed a fee on plastic bags, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Seacoast Online

States ponder broadening health care scopes of practice 
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, between January, 2011 and December, 2012 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia have combined to introduce 1,795 "scope" bills, with 349 becoming law. Although NCSL does not have official data previous to 2011, NCSL Health Program Policy Associate Kara Hinkley says "there has been increased legislative interest in this issue, even from 2012 to 2013." State Net Capitol Journal

Arizona Senate bill refinances unemployment insurance debt
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 22 states and the U.S. Virgin islands owe a total of $28.8 billion to the government for unemployment insurance loans, with California leading the way with a $10.7 billion debt.  Casa Grande Dispatch

House takes on state pensions
Thirty-two states still have only a mandatory pension system for their workers, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  The Tampa Tribune

SIU’s Simon Institute to examine redistricting
The conference will feature panel discussions and the release of an Institute poll on the way Illinois voters feel about redistricting. At 9 a.m., Morgan Cullen of the National Conference of State Legislatures will provide a national overview of redistricting in a morning keynote address.  The Southern

What We’re Reading: Why Thousands Of Ex-Felons Will Soon Get Health Care, States Cope With The Doctor Shortage
This year, at least 170 scope-of-practice bills have been introduced in 39 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).  State Impact Idaho

Ill. lawmaker proposes controls on drones
The National Conference of State Legislatures has identified more than 70 bills in nearly 40 states that address the use of drones.  Evansville Courier & Press

Branstad son is named to state board; Santorum to visit Iowa
The Budgets and Revenue Committee is one of 10 standing committees of the National Conference of State Legislatures. The standing committees are responsible for developing policy directives that guide NCSL's states’ agenda on Capitol Hill and within the administration.  Sioux City Journal

Indiana panel poised to drop school guns mandate
Lawmakers in more than 20 states are considering proposals to allow armed school employees, but no states currently require it, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  WSBT

Bill to Shorten Legislative Session Would Save Money
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the "norm" for part-time legislatures is to meet for 120 days. This year, South Carolina's session will be 150 calendar days.  WLTX

Mapping the Same-Sex Marriage Movement
Source: National Journal Membership Center presentation, citing Washington Post, Pew Forum for Religion & Public Life; and National Conference of State Legislatures.  National Journal

Colorado Democrats push for big election changes
Currently, Oregon and Washington mail ballots to every eligible voter, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Aspen Times

Texas may add legal protection for gay teens
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, many states have provisions in their sex offender laws allowing some leeway in prosecuting teenage relationships.  ABC 13

Hensley says Republican leaders delayed wrapup session for ALEC
Wagle added that both ALEC and the National Conference of State Legislatures are meeting the first weekend of May. NCSL is having its spring forum in Denver.  Lawrence Journal World

State considers online registration
"The (Arizona) secretary of state reports that over 70 percent of all voter registrations are now performed online, and that the state saw an increase of 9.5 percent in voter registrations from 2002 to 2004 with the implementation of online registration," NCSL reported.  Pocono Record

John Kasich says Oklahoma, Texas have “sky high” taxes on oil and gas but are reducing or have no income tax
Data from the National Conference of State Legislatures showed, though, that the taxes for 2012 in Oklahoma and Texas, while not the highest, were among the national leaders.  PolitiFact

Texas lawmakers considering expanding 'Romeo and Juliet' law to protect gay teens
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, many states have provisions in their sex offender laws allowing some leeway in prosecuting teenage relationships.  The Republic

Illinois Lawmakers Consider Controls on Drones
The National Conference of State Legislatures has identified more than 70 bills in nearly 40 states that address the use of drones.  CBS St. Louis

Bill to Shorten SC Legislative Session Would Save Taxpayers Money
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the "norm" for part-time legislatures is to meet for 120 days. This year, South Carolina's session will be 150 calendar days.  WBTW

Bills call for drug testing to get state aid
Seven states have enacted similar measures — all but two require risk screening before drug testing — and another 29 states are considering legislation this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  San Antonio Express

State Rep. Lori Ehrlich Tax and Transportation Update
The Governor’s plan includes a 19% increase in the income tax rate.  According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, we already have the third highest income tax per capita in the nation.  Swampscott Patch


April 5

Tax credit bill for low-income Mainers clears Senate
The proposal would also make the credit fully refundable if the payer's tax burden is zero. Currently in Maine, the tax credit is partially refundable, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Morning Sentinel

Public Opinion and Marijuana: Shifting Attitudes, Events and Laws
NCSL data cited by Pew Research Center for People and the Press

Gov. Pence says he's against Indiana school guns mandate
Lawmakers in more than 20 states are considering allowing armed school employees, but no states require armed employees in schools, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Evansville Courier-Press

Laura and John Arnold Foundation Announces Release of 50-State Survey of Laws Affecting Pretrial Justice
The research, which was carried out by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and funded by LJAF, provides the first comprehensive, state-by-state summaries of existing statutes related to these critical criminal justice issues. WLOX 13 Mississippi

(Opinion) Eliminate barriers, increase voter participation
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 32 other states and the District of Columbia now allow early voting with early voting beginning, on average, 22 days before the election. Abington Mariner

(Opinion) Protect right to vote; reject HB30
Montana is one of eight states — along with Idaho, Iowa, Maine Minnesota, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Wyoming that offer Election Day registration, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Montana Standard

April 4

McCrory plan would open state's Medicaid business to private companies
“The managed-care model is becoming a lot more mainstream,” said Melissa Hansen, who works on Medicaid and primary care issues for the National Conference of State Legislatures. Charlotte Observer

Washington state to clamp down on pot use in bars
Eighteen states, plus the District of Columbia, have legalized marijuana for medical use, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. MSN News

Shumlin's EITC Plan Under Fire
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, last year 45,000 Vermont households qualified for the program. The average federal credit was $1,800 and the average state credit was $574. Vermont Public Radio

Childhood obesity conference in Boise April 13
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Idaho’s rate of overweight or obese children was 27.5 percent in 2007. Examiner

Gas gets more taxing per gallon
Seventeen states have recently enacted or are thinking about changing their gas taxes in order to increase their transportation budgets, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Market Watch/Wall Street Journal

Washington House panel rejects employer push for worker Facebook passwords
Another 33 states are considering similar laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

Federal lawmakers push for online sales tax
In the dozen or more years since the issue of sales taxes on out-of-state Web commerce first surfaced, technology has changed rapidly and “Internet commerce has boomed,” said Max Behlke, the point person on the issue for the National Conference of State Legislatures. Quad Cities Online

Earned-income tax break passes Senate
The proposal would also make the credit fully refundable if the payer's tax burden is zero. Currently in Maine, the tax credit is partially refundable, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Kennebec Journal

Indiana schools chief leery of armed school staffers
Lawmakers in more than 20 states are considering allowing armed school employees, but no states now require armed employees in schools, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Evansville Courier-Press

A License to Vote? GOP Lawmakers Push Voter IDs
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 11 states currently ask voters to flash photo ID when they show up to the polls. TIME Magazine

Lawmakers begin debate on early voting measure
The average time for in-person early voting is 22 days, compared to Nebraska's 35, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Fremont Tribune

Amendment would require renewal of medical marijuana card every 60 days
Oregon is among 18 states that allow medical marijuana use, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Statesman Journal

Abortion amendment upheld by Va. Senate
As of last October, at least 17 other states had enacted legislation to restrict abortion coverage in the exchanges, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Fredericksburg News

Minnesota GOP offers gay marriage alternative - civil unions
NCSL information cited. Pioneer Press

April 3

Bisbee becomes Arizona's first city to OK same-sex civil unions
While the Arizona constitution defines a marriage as being between a man and a woman, it doesn’t appear to forbid a civil union, said Jack Tweedie, director of children and families program at the National Conference of State Legislatures in an earlier interview. Chicago Tribune

Bill Would Allow Bosses To Seek Facebook Passwords
Pam Greenberg of the National Conference of State Legislatures says similar bills being considered around the country have similar provisions allowing for disclosure of passwords during investigations. AP/Dalles Chronicle

Federal lawmakers push for online sales tax
In the dozen or more years since the issue of sales taxes on out-of-state Web commerce first surfaced, technology has changed rapidly and “Internet commerce has boomed,” said Max Behlke, the point person on the issue for the National Conference of State Legislatures. Knoxville News Sentinel

Mattress industry needs to stay engaged in politics
The situation in many states is no better, though for different reasons. In 38 states, one political party rules both the legislature and governor’s mansion. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, that’s the highest percentage of one-party control since 1944. Things are definitely getting done in those states, but often in a roughshod way that ignores minority positions. Bed Times Magazine

E-commerce: Click and pay
The National Conference of State Legislatures reckons that the court’s prohibition cost states $23 billion in lost taxes last year. The Economist

(Opinion) School voucher ruling supports religious freedom
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, all states are somehow involved in sex education for public school children. Leader and Times

California lawmakers look to regulate, attract drone industry to state
Those bills represent two of least 80 proposals related to drones in 39 statehouses across the country, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Kansas City Star

Click and go vote: PA pol proposes online registration
The National Conference of State Legislatures reports 16 states have or are implementing online voter registration. Several states found people are more likely to register if they’re able to online, like in Arizona, one of the first states to adopt online registration. Philadelphia Daily News

GOP representative proposes same-sex civil unions; gay marriage sponsor calls it insufficient
In March, Colorado joined five other states allowing gay civil unions, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Pioneer Press

Arkansas’ GOP-led Legislature passes voter ID law
Arkansas is among 19 states where proposals to enact voter ID laws or strengthen existing requirements have been introduced this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Grio

Ind. could be first to require armed school employees
Currently, no states require armed employees in schools, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. However, discussions on arming school employees continue in several states, a spokeswoman said. News-Herald

GOP senator questions tax policy: ‘I am the working poor’
Cutting the credit from 17 percent of the federal credit to 9 percent would put Kansas closer to seven other states that offer 7 percent to 10 percent, according to data collected by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Kansas City Star

Ohio retailers push Congress to pass Internet sales tax bill
Indeed, states lost out on an estimated $23 billion in uncollected sales tax revenue in 2012 because of the inability to collect from online and catalog sellers, with Ohio missing out on $628 million last year, according to an analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Cincinnati.com

Maine Senate approves hike in minimum wage
Twenty-three other states are weighing legislation to increase their minimum wages, according to an assessment by the National Conference of State Legislatures on Feb. 13. Press Herald

Oregon joins California in allowing in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants
At least 14 other states have similar laws. Colorado's Legislature approved a tuition bill, and Gov. John Hickenlooper has said he'll sign it. California and Texas were the first states to enact legislation in 2001, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Bakersfield Now

House Democrats determine fate of two Maine tax bills
The proposal, which will be sent to the Maine Senate, would also make the credit fully refundable if the payer's tax burden is zero. Currently in Maine, the tax credit is partially refundable, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Kennebec Journal

Schapiro: Big money causes big problems for Bob McDonnell
An overview of ethics laws by the National Conference of State Legislatures shows consistent inconsistency. That means what could be illegal in some states is legal in Virginia, including gifts to family members. Times Dispatch

New Jersey Bans Teen Tanning: Other States’ Tanning Laws for Minors
A 2012 map provided by the National Conference of State Legislatures shows the state-by-state guidelines for indoor tanning laws. Amazingly, 15 states have no known statewide restrictions on tanning for minors. Yahoo News

April 2

Traffic Cameras Draw More Scrutiny by States
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 66 bills related to photo enforcement have been presented nationwide so far in 2013. New York Times

Arkansas House votes to override veto of voter ID bill
Arkansas will join nearly three dozen U.S. states that have similar voter ID measures, according to the National Conference
of State Legislatures. Legal challenges to voter ID laws are pending in several U.S. states. Chicago Tribune

Ohio retailers push Internet sales tax
States lost out on an estimated $23 billion in uncollected sales tax revenue in 2012 because of the inability to collect from online and catalog sellers, with Ohio missing out on $628 million last year, according to an analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Bucyrus Telegraph Forum

Medical marijuana bill in Florida goes up in smoke and residents are angry
Eighteen states and the District of Columbia allow medical marijuana use for certain people, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Examiner

Ind. plan would require armed staffers at schools
South Dakota's governor last month signed into law Friday a measure allowing the state's school districts to arm teachers and other personnel with guns, but no states require armed employees in schools, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. AP/San Francisco Gate

N.J. bans minors from tanning beds
California and Vermont have also banned indoor tanning for minors, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Wisconsin also prohibits indoor tanning for those under age 16. A handful of other states, including Arkansas, Georgia, Oregon, Michigan and Virginia, require parental permission. CNN/WAPT

Gun group offers training for Utah teachers
Utah is among few states that let people carry licensed concealed weapons into public schools without exception, the National Conference of State Legislatures says in a 2012 compendium of state gun laws. Pueblo Chieftain

Democrats, Republicans continue debate over wage hike bill
However, 23 other states are weighing legislation to increase the minimum wage, according to a Feb. 13 assessment by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Press Herald

Arkansas' GOP-led Legislature Passes Voter ID Law
Arkansas is among 19 states where proposals to enact voter ID laws or strengthen existing requirements have been introduced this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. NewsMax

(Opinion) Time for Wisconsin to allow online registration
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 17 states already have some form of online registration and another 14 are currently considering legislation that would pave the way for it. Badger Herald


April 1

Durbin, Quinn push for Internet sales crackdown
In the dozen or more years since the issue of sales taxes on out-of-state Web commerce first surfaced, technology has changed rapidly and "Internet commerce has boomed," said Max Behlke, the point person on the issue for the National Conference of State Legislatures. Chicago Tribune

States vote yes to online registration
“It’s red states, blue states, small states, big states,” said Jennie Bowser, an elections expert at the National Conference of State Legislatures. “It’s happening across the board.” Politico

College affordability is a struggle as state aid drops, tuition rises
“A lot of groups are calling for states to figure out a long-term strategy for funding higher ed,” said Julie Bell, the education program director for the National Conference of State Legislatures. “Almost nobody thinks states are going to return to where they were.” Akron Beacon Journal

Pushing to pass Internet tax bill
States lost out on an estimated $23 billion in uncollected sales tax revenue in 2012 because of the inability to collect from online and catalog sellers, with Ohio missing out on $628 million last year, according to an analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Marion Star

Assemblyman’s drone proposal launches important discussion
The National Conference of State Legislatures has reported more than 30 states are considering various laws restricting the use of drone aircraft. Buffalo News

Fight Over Internet Sales Tax Intensifies
Indeed, states lost out on about $23 billion in uncollected sales tax revenue in 2012 because of the inability to collect from online and catalog sellers. Missouri missed out on $430 million last year, according to an analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures. 13 WMAZ

Do state DUI laws go far enough?
Nearly 300 DUI-related bills have been introduced in 40 state legislatures already in 2013, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Yakima Herald Republic

Blunt backs online sales tax
Indeed, states lost out on an estimated $23 billion in uncollected sales tax revenue in 2012 because of the inability to collect from online and catalog sellers, with Missouri missing out on $430 million last year, according to an analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Springfield News

Baton Rouge lawmaker proposes 5-cent state tax on plastic bags
The National Conference of State Legislatures says municipalities have enacted bans or taxes on plastic bags, but nothing has been done statewide except in Hawaii, where all counties have banned the bags at checkouts because of environmental concerns. WDSU

Study finds legislator pay near poverty level
According to a report created by the National Conference of State Legislatures, California legislators earn a base pay of just more than $95,000 per year. Daily Herald

(Opinion) Vote for all three amendments
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 13 states already have this guarantee written into their constitutions. And Idaho, Kentucky and Nebraska hope to follow suit this year. Wyoming Tribune-Eagle


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