NCSL in the News | February 2019

2/1/2019

Feb. 28

Gov. Evers seeks to raise the age for charging teens as adults and delay closure of Lincoln Hills
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Wisconsin is one of six states that treats 17-year-old offenders as adults, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Bill to change DWI law in state fails in committee
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas is the only state in the country that requires a person charged with a DWI offense to be taken to trial in all circumstances, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

County Election Officials Back Online Voter Registration Bill
Montana Public Radio
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 37 states and the District of Columbia offer online voter registration.

Local group leading charge for low-THC cannabis oil production in the state
Forsyth County News
Thirty-three states have comprehensive medical marijuana programs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Higher ed. students, faculty share concerns with campus carry bill
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, all 50 states allow citizens to carry concealed weapons if they meet certain state requirements.

Milwaukee ups fine to $500 for littering
WTMJ TV
In Indiana, littering fines are as high as $1,000. Same with Missiouri, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, South Dakota, Lousiana and West Virginia according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Feb. 27

Democratic women of the NC General Assembly wear white to show growing number of female lawmakers

WECT 6 News
Approximately 2,117 women serve in the 50 state legislatures in 2019, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Women make up 28.7 percent of all state legislatures.

Police confiscating weapons under new 'red flag' law 
The Daily News of Newburyport
Regulations vary widely but at least a dozen states and Washington, D.C., have red flag laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Police have confiscated firearms from 6 people under new 'red flag' law 
The Eagle-Tribune
Regulations vary widely but at least a dozen states and Washington D.C. have red-flag laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Feb. 26

Potential Measles Case Probed in Oregon
U.S. News & World Report
Washington, Oregon and 15 other states allow parents to exempt their school-age children from vaccinations for personal, moral or other beliefs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Measles outbreaks lead states to reconsider vaccine exemptions
The Hill
Most states also allow exemptions for religious reasons, and 17 states, including Washington and Texas, allow exemptions for both religious and personal or philosophical beliefs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Paid family leave in Georgia: Dove offers $5000 grants for dads
Atlanta Journal Constitution
In the U.S., only a handful of states—California, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island—now offer paid leave funded through payroll taxes. Washington passed its own law, but its legislation was never implemented, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Colorado Democrats bring back twice-killed bill to allow cities, counties to raise minimum wage
Denver Business Journal
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Bid to curb Virginia drivers' handheld cellphone use dies in session's final hours
Roanoke Times
At least 16 states and the District of Columbia have banned hand-held phone use by all drivers, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Police confiscating weapons under 'red flag' law
Gloucester Daily Times
Regulations vary widely but at least a dozen states and Washington, D.C., have red-flag laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures

Pritzker's next plan to raise money: a statewide shopping bag tax. Here's what it could cost you.
Herald & Review
On the flip side, 11 states have a preemption law on the books, essentially banning municipalities from enacting a bag tax, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Four of those states -- Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and Missouri -- border Illinois.

Feb. 25

FDA head says federal government may take action if states don't adjust lax vaccine exemption laws
CNBC
In 47 states, parents are exempted from vaccinating their children for religious reasons, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants a 5-cent bag tax across Illinois. Shoppers aren't buying it.
Chicago Tribune
On the flip side, 11 states have a preemption law on the books, essentially banning municipalities from enacting a bag tax, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Arizona panel votes to expand vaccine exemptions
The Hill
Washington is one of 17 states that allow “philosophical-belief” vaccine exemptions because of personal, moral or other beliefs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

New Jersey Senate approves bill that could keep Trump off state’s 2020 ballot
New York Post
At least 30 states have introduced similar legislation that has never been enacted, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Pritzker's next plan to raise money: a statewide shopping bag tax. Here's what it could cost you.
Herald & Review

On the flip side, 11 states have a preemption law on the books, essentially banning municipalities from enacting a bag tax, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Bill would ban talking on handheld phone in North Carolina
WNCT
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, North Carolina would be the 17th state to pass talking while driving legislation. 

Feb. 22

Measles Cases Hit 63 in County at Center of Outbreak
U.S. News & World Report
Clark County kindergarteners had one of the lowest vaccination rates in the state as of April 2018, and Washington is one of 17 states that allow parents to exempt their school-age children from vaccinations for personal, moral or other beliefs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

FDA head says federal government may take action if states don't adjust lax vaccine exemption laws
CNBC
In 47 states, parents are exempted from vaccinating their children for religious reasons, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Doctor-aided death is focus of Arkansas lawmaker's bill
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
California, Oregon, Vermont and Washington have passed laws allowing doctors to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patients, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Nixa rep looks to close primaries, require voters to choose a side
Springfield News-Leader
There are nine states with closed primary systems, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Missouri is one of 15 states with an "open" primary system that allows all voters to choose their primary ballot without restriction.

You'll have to put down the phone while driving if latest try at tightening restrictions succeeds
Greensboro News & Record
According to the National Conference on State Legislatures, there are 15 states that ban wireless communication devices by all drivers, as well as five states that ban it for drivers ages 16 to 18, or 16 to 21. Five states allow local communities to decide on whether to ban or not.

Will this be the year? Here's the latest on the push to ban cellphone use while driving in Arizona
AZ Central
Arizona is one of just three states without a texting ban for all drivers, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Sixteen states and D.C. ban all hand-held cellphone use while driving.


Bill would keep Trump off 2020 NJ ballot unless he releases his tax returns
NorthJersey.Com
Similar legislation has been introduced in at least 28 states but has never been enacted, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, meaning New Jersey would be the first to impose such a disclosure requirement if its measure is approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat.

Feb. 21

Scrubbing The Past To Give Those With A Criminal Record A Second Chance
NPR
She and others are calling on the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Center for State Courts and the American Bar Association to study and share what reforms are showing the most promising outcomes.

New problem for legal weed: Exploding pot factories
Politico
Thirty-three states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico have legalized marijuana, most for medical use, and 10 states and the District of Columbia permit recreational use as well, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Oregon may lower the voting age to 16
CNN
Turnout among young voters (ages 18 to 29) is consistently lower than other age groups, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Activists make a case for paid sick leave in Carson City
Las Vegas Sun
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 10 states — including Washington, Arizona and California — have implemented some sort of paid sick leave laws. Nevada employers are not required to offer paid sick leave.

More voters embrace mail-in ballots in New Mexico
Santa Fe New Mexican
Oregon, Colorado and Washington have moved to mail voting for general elections. And 22 states use mail voting for at least some elections, according to the National Conference of State Legislators. 

Cleveland’s vaccine bill gets Senate committee hearing
The Columbian
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, all 50 states require students to be vaccinated in order to attend school, with exceptions for medical conditions. 

Seeking a higher minimum wage: Should Oklahoma follow the lead of surrounding states?
The Journal Record
This year, 18 states saw increases in their minimum wage, according to a study by the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Senate panel advances bill broadening religious freedom protections
KTVO News
21 states have RFRA laws, though some vary from the federal law, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Washington lawmakers weigh 2 vaccine exemption bills
KREM 2 News
Washington and Oregon are among 17 states that allow some type of non-medical vaccine exemption for "personal, moral or other beliefs," according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

NJ expands paid family leave
WFMZ 69 News
The others are California, New York, Rhode Island and Washington, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Ethics Board Backpedals Child Care Decision For Political Candidates In Louisiana
WRKF 89.3 News
Especially in a state where women make up less than 15 percent of the Legislature, the third lowest rate in the nation according to 2018 data from the National Conference of State Legislators.

Feb. 20

Lawmakers Look to Tackle Measles as States Cope With Outbreaks
U.S. News & World Report
Most states allow religious exemptions for school vaccination requirements, and 17 states, including Washington and Oregon, allow parents to exempt their children for personal, moral or other beliefs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Gov. Abbott touts bill that bars cities from mandating paid sick leave
Houston Chronicle
No federal law requires employers to provide paid sick leave, though at least 10 states do, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Lawmakers propose competing changes to vaccination exemptions
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
Seventeen states allow some type of philosophical exemption for the vaccine, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Murphy signs bill expanding family leave in New Jersey
The State
New Jersey is one of five states, along with the District of Columbia, to have paid family leave. The others are California, New York, Rhode Island and Washington, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Feb. 19

Plastic bags may soon be powering your smartphone
Fox News
Plastic bag pollution has become such a serious environmental problem that California has banned single-use plastic bags at large retail stores and organizations are popping up worldwide to combat the vast plastic garbage patches in the Pacific Ocean, according to National Conference of State Legislatures.

Oregon legislators float plan to lower voting age to 16, stiff opposition likely
Statesman Journal
Fourteen other states, including Oregon, allow 16-year-olds to pre-register to vote so they will be added to the voter rolls when they turn 18, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Starting From the Bottom: Improving Women’s Equality in Utah
Daily Utah Chronicle
While 24 percent of the Utah Legislature are women — which equals 25 of the 104 members — the national average is around 28.5 percent, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Many states still don't have protections for LGBTQ workers
Marketplace APM
But more than half of U.S. states don’t have laws that specifically bar discrimination against LGBTQ workers, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Feb. 15

Nevada lawmakers want commission to study education policies
Las Vegas Journal Review
The proposal introduced to the Senate education committee on Wednesday is inspired by a 2017 report from the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tackled solutions to the United States’ declining educational system.

This session might be the best chance in the next decade to end gerrymandering
Raleigh News & Observer 
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 14 states have independent commissions which lead redistricting efforts, and another 12, not including North Carolina, have committees that advise legislators on redistricting, or that serve as a backup in case the legislature fails to pass a plan.

NM House passes wage increase
Albuquerque Journal
Colorado now has a $11.10 hourly minimum wage and Arizona’s minimum wage is $11 an hour, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Lawmakers vote to roll back absentee voting
Sioux Falls Argus Leader 
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 39 states including South Dakota offer some form of early voting. South Dakota’s 46 days before the election is the longest in the country.

Mississippi ban on tanning beds for those under 18 advances
WTVA
The National Conference of State Legislatures says the District of Columbia and 17 states have enacted such bans.

Feb. 14

Diversity in the 'man cave': Boardrooms gain women as minorities lag 
Reuters
At least four other states have passed or are considering similar measures on gender, but not race, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Severance Pay Could Be The Next Big Progressive Labor Cause
HuffPost
Zach Herman, a researcher at the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks state legislation around the country, said New Jersey is the only state with such a proposal on the table so far this year.

KAMALA HARRIS SEEMS TO SAY SHE SMOKED WEED IN COLLEGE WHILE LISTENING TO TUPAC, BUT THE TIMELINE DOESN'T ADD UP 
Newsweek
Ten states and the District of Columbia have laws permitting recreational use of marijuana, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Supporters of controversial Mass. film tax credit aim to make it permanent
The Boston Globe
Lawmakers have largely moved to eliminate or pare back film tax incentives since 2009, when as many as 44 states offered some form of film and television production incentives, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

'This is a culture issue, not a government issue': North Dakota House declines to update breastfeeding law 
The Jamestown Sun
All 50 states and the District of Columbia have laws allowing women to breastfeed in public and private spaces, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Kentucky governor outlines support for medical marijuana 
WDRB
Medical marijuana is legal in 33 other states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Feb. 12

Teens defying their parents to get vaccinated amid measles outbreak
NBCNews.com
Georgia is one of 17 states that allows non-medical exemptions from vaccination requirements for going to school, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Currently, 47 states allow religious exemptions and since 2009, the number of ‘philosophical-belief’ vaccine exemptions provided to state departments has risen in 12 of the 18 states that currently allow this policy.

US presidential candidate Harris says she tried pot - and inhaled
Reuters
As of last December, 10 states and the District of Columbia had legalized small amounts of marijuana for adult recreational use, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Hundreds protest Washington state vaccine bill that would require measles shots
Chicago Sun-Times
Washington is among 17 states, including Oregon, that allow some type of non-medical exemption for vaccines for “personal, moral or other beliefs,” according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
New Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose discusses priorities during Lake County visit
The News-Herald
The idea was first implemented by Colorado, where voters can cast ballots on Election Day at any polling location in the district, regardless of their residential address. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there are now 13 states that allow vote centers.
 
Bills Would Improve Access to Medical Marijuana in North Dakota
Insurance Journal
Most medical marijuana states require certifying doctors to make some sort of statement about patient benefit, according to Marijuana Policy Project State Policies Director Karen O’Keefe and National Conference of State Legislatures Behavioral Health Director Karmen Hanson.

Feb. 11

North Dakota Bills Would Improve Medical Marijuana Access
U.S. News & World Report
Most medical marijuana states require certifying doctors to make some sort of statement about patient benefit, according to Marijuana Policy Project State Policies Director Karen O'Keefe and National Conference of State Legislatures Behavioral Health Director Karmen Hanson.
 
Lawmakers question start date of paid parental leave
Delaware State News
The federal Family Medical Leave Act requires businesses to give employees up to 12 weeks off to care for a newborn, although said leave is unpaid. Only four states currently offer paid family leave, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

'Teaching is not easy': Schools, students face challenges, educators say
The Times and Democrat
As South Carolina’s lawmakers seek ways to improve education, they need to look at the challenges that are facing all American schools, Rep. Jerry Govan said Thursday. He cited a study by the National Conference of State Legislatures that found American students lag behind those in many other nations in math, science and reading, and the problem has only gotten worse in the last decade.

New Mexico income tax to go up for some families
La Cruces Sun News
More than half the states enacted tax legislation last year in response to the 2017 federal tax overhaul, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 
 
Vaccine rejections based on religious exemptions are rising sharply in Massachusetts
The Boston Globe
It’s no surprise that the outbreak took root in Washington, one of 17 states with permissive laws that grant exemptions on the basis of personal or philosophical beliefs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Do NC, Texas face more election lawsuits than all other states combined?
PolitiFact
The National Conference of State Legislatures has an interactive map that keeps track of which states have faced legal challenges to their election maps in recent years. But the NCSL doesn’t have a list of active cases, according to Wendy Underhill, director of elections and redistricting.

Feb. 8

North Dakota Bills Would Improve Medical Marijuana Access
U.S. News & World Report
Most medical marijuana states require certifying doctors to make some sort of statement about patient benefit, according to Marijuana Policy Project State Policies Director Karen O'Keefe and National Conference of State Legislatures Behavioral Health Director Karmen Hanson.
 
Lawmakers question start date of paid parental leave
Delaware State News
The federal Family Medical Leave Act requires businesses to give employees up to 12 weeks off to care for a newborn, although said leave is unpaid. Only four states currently offer paid family leave, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

'Teaching is not easy': Schools, students face challenges, educators say
The Times and Democrat
As South Carolina’s lawmakers seek ways to improve education, they need to look at the challenges that are facing all American schools, Rep. Jerry Govan said Thursday. He cited a study by the National Conference of State Legislatures that found American students lag behind those in many other nations in math, science and reading, and the problem has only gotten worse in the last decade.

New Mexico income tax to go up for some families
La Cruces Sun News
More than half the states enacted tax legislation last year in response to the 2017 federal tax overhaul, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 
 
Vaccine rejections based on religious exemptions are rising sharply in Massachusetts
The Boston Globe
It’s no surprise that the outbreak took root in Washington, one of 17 states with permissive laws that grant exemptions on the basis of personal or philosophical beliefs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Do NC, Texas face more election lawsuits than all other states combined?
PolitiFact
The National Conference of State Legislatures has an interactive map that keeps track of which states have faced legal challenges to their election maps in recent years. But the NCSL doesn’t have a list of active cases, according to Wendy Underhill, director of elections and redistricting.

Feb. 7

Nevada's new legislature has more women than men. It's a first for the country
CNN
Female lawmakers now hold 32 of the 63 seats in the Nevada legislature, with 23 women in the state Assembly and nine in the state Senate, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Washington measles outbreak sends vaccine demand soaring, even among the hesitant
Seattle Times
Washington and Oregon are among 17 states that allow nonmedical exemptions from vaccination requirements for school entry, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

'I had no idea it was such a small group.' Historical list of women in the Utah Senate fits on one page.
Salt Lake Tribune
This year, the number of women in the Legislature reached the historic high of 25, accounting for 24 percent of Utah’s 104 lawmakers. That still puts Utah behind the national average of 28.3 percent, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Iowa Republicans may curb unemployment benefits 2 years after cutting workers' compensation
DesMoinesRegister.com
Iowa lawmakers aren't alone in their interest in unemployment: As of Tuesday, 168 pieces of pending legislation on unemployment insurance eligibility were making their way through state legislatures across the country, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

'Stand your ground' bill delayed in Arkansas House
Arkansas Democrat Gazette
At least 25 states have passed similar protections for the use of deadly force, otherwise known as "stand your ground" laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Comerford co-sponsors statewide plastic bag ban
The Recorder
Hawaii banned plastic bags in 2015 and California followed in 2016, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
New York lawmakers want to stop all religious exemptions for vaccines
The Daily Advertiser
Three states, California, Mississippi and West Virginia do not grant religious or philosophical exemptions for vaccinations, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Feb. 6

'A Match Into a Can of Gasoline': Measles Outbreak Now an Emergency in Washington State
New York Times
Measles can cause permanent neurological damage, deafness and in relatively rare cases, death. All states allow parents to exempt children from vaccination for medical reasons, and most also allow for a religious exemption, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

'Stand your ground' bill delayed
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
At least 25 states have passed similar protections for the use of deadly force, otherwise known as "stand your ground" laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Gun control advocates, however, have opposed the spread of such laws, pointing to studies that link the policy to a rise in gun homicides.

Bills would offer paid leave for medical emergencies
Albuquerque Journal
Only four states – New York, New Jersey, California and Rhode Island – currently have paid leave programs, with Washington set to become the fifth state in 2020, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Expanded safeguards for Indiana elections come with cost
Seymour Tribune
Current law requires Indiana to conduct standard audits if the number of votes cast on an electronic voting system substantially differ from the number of voters in the poll book, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
NCSL helps make sense out of a maze of state food safety laws
Food Safety News
Doug Farquhar of the NCSL, who oversaw the addition of food and food safety to the database, says state legislators introduced 756 measures related to food and food safety, covering a diverse range of topics including mobile vendors, labeling, and edible cannabis.

Feb. 5

States Dipping Toes Into Crypto, Blockchain
Forbes
National Conference of State Legislatures analyst Heather Morton said there are more bills now than there were this time last year to allow campaign contributions with digital currencies.
 
Legalize recreational marijuana in Iowa and tax it like alcohol, one senator says
DesMoinesRegister.com
Recreational marijuana is legal in 10 states and Washington, D.C., according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Bills would offer paid leave for medical emergencies
Albuquerque Journal
Only four states – New York, New Jersey, California and Rhode Island – currently have paid leave programs, with Washington set to become the fifth state in 2020, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Northwest measles outbreak revives debate over vaccine laws
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Washington and Oregon are among 17 states that allow some type of non-medical exemption for vaccines for "personal, moral or other beliefs," according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
More States Add EV Fees
CSP Daily News
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), 20 states have a special registration fee on plug-in EVs and some hybrids. These fees are on top of the states’ motor vehicle registration fees

Feb. 4

South Dakota Republicans offer bill to shorten early voting period
The Hill
Thirty-nine states plus the District of Columbia offer some sort of early voting, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The average early voting period lasts 19 days. 
 
2020 Census: The Big Fight For Money And Power Emerges Across America
HuffPost
“Now is the time to do it,” said Wendy Underhill, who monitors state census preparations for the National Conference of State Legislatures. “Most states are on board, and I think the rest are considering it, especially these states that are on the cusp” of losing or gaining seats.
 
Want A Congress That Gets It Done? Maybe They Should Be More Colorado
Colorado Public Radio
As of this year, five other states require committees to hear and vote on all bills, according to the National Conference of State Legislators. What makes Colorado unique is that voters cemented the rule into the state constitution, where the legislature can’t tinker with it.

Bill calls for lifting cap on New Mexico's film incentives
New Jersey Herald
After a surge in competition among the states, things have since waned with some states cancelling their incentive programs and others paring back their offerings, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Arkansas got no slice of income tax windfall; some states that conformed with 2017 federal tax code reaped benefits
Arkansas Democrat Gazette
The enactment of the federal tax overhaul at the end of 2017 was the most pressing and widely addressed tax issue during 2018 legislative sessions, said Jackson Brainerd, a policy specialist for the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
South Dakota is the latest state to allow concealed handguns to be carried without a permit
East Idaho News
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming also do not require a permit to carry a concealed weapon, the National Rifle Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures said.
 
Hawaii would be 3rd state to require HPV vaccine
West Hawaii Today
Only two other states, Rhode Island and Virginia, require the vaccine for school attendance, as does Washington, D.C., according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Northwest measles outbreak revives debate over vaccine laws
KOKH Fox 25 News
Washington and Oregon are among 17 states that allow some type of non-medical exemption for vaccines for "personal, moral or other beliefs," according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Feb. 1

New Mexico lawmakers seek to end penalties for youth in prostitution
La Cruces Sun
A National Conference of State Legislatures review shows most states in 2016 approved bills to address human trafficking among youth. The laws typically are referred to as “safe-harbor laws.”

Report: Tennessee can collect more online sales taxes
Charlotte Observer
In the past two years, 15 states have enacted laws attempting to require out-of-state companies to collect sales taxes as of June, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Does New York's proposed 'mugshot ban' go too far?
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
At least 14 states have passed laws doing just that since 2013, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks passage of state laws.

GOP defections boost Democratic ranks in 3 legislatures
WCJB
The defections come after the Democratic Party won control of the U.S. House in the midterm elections and gained seats in 62 of the 99 state legislative chambers, according to data provided by the National Conference of State Legislatures (Nebraska is the only state with a single legislative chamber)

What happened to the push for seat belts on school buses in Arkansas?
THV 11
McElroy said it was a long journey, but well worth it. He said the bill drew interest across the country after a national conference of state legislatures.

Democrats Gain in Statehouses as Some GOP Lawmakers Defect
NBC Southern California
The defections come after the Democratic Party won control of the U.S. House in the midterm elections and gained seats in 62 of the 99 state legislative chambers, according to data provided by the National Conference of State Legislatures (Nebraska is the only state with a single legislative chamber).