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NCSL in the News: July 2010

NCSL in the News

NCSL in the News Archive: July 2010

July 30

Immigration skirmish brews in quiet SC town
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, lawmakers in 44 states passed 191 state laws and adopted 128 resolutions on immigration in the first six months of this year. Five were vetoed. Associated Press. More

Vehicles should have weather alert systems
This week I am attending the annual summit of the National Conference of State Legislatures in Louisville, Kentucky. Column in the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune. More

Risks for coverage targeted: State weighs interest in health plan for those with a pre-existing condition
Kansas is one of 29 states and the District of Columbia, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures, which chose to operate their own plans rather than participate in the federal plan. The federal plan began July 1. The Hutchinson News in the Insurance News Net. More

N.C. shortfall next year among the worst
North Carolina is among the states facing the worst budget shortfalls next year, according to a report by the National Conference of State Legislatures. News and Observer. More

Could the Buffalo Grove recall ordinance face a court challenge?
Across the country, 29 states allow for recall of local officials in their state laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Daily Herald. More

Obama immigration victory adds to pressure for federal action
As of June 30, legislatures in five states -- Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and South Carolina -- had introduced similar bills, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Bloomberg News.More

Protesters gather in Raleigh against Arizona immigration law
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, North Carolina is among a handful of states that did not pass an immigration law this year so far. Montana, North Dakota, Nevada and Texas are the others. WRAL-TV. More

Secretary of State, others implement command-and-control public relations, thwart public access to information from the source
Because of the muddled process for gaining assistance from the office, to get timely information related to election policy and procedure in our own state we have resorted to going to a guru of election law at the National Conference of State Legislatures. All because our own state officials can't take the time to talk to us. Texas Watchdog.More

VA clinics to OK medical marijuana
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there are 14 states and the District of Columbia with medical marijuana laws. WDTN. More

Retail industry stands behind Rep. Delahunt
The legislation is supported by the National Retail Federation, Retail Industry Leaders of America, International Council of Shopping Centers, Real Estate Investment Trusts Association, National Governors Association, U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Conference of State Legislatures, National Association of Counties, and National League of Cities, as well as over 50 state-level retail associations and chambers of commerce. Business Wire. More

US Department of Labor issues fact sheet on break time for nursing mothers
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 24 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have laws related to breastfeeding in the workplace (Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming). Lexology.com. More

100 legislators pedal way around city for a bike's-eye view
With the morning sun sneaking over the Clark Memorial Bridge early Wednesday, about 100 participants of the National Conference of State Legislatures set off on the conference's 2010 Bipartisan Bike Ride from the Belvedere in downtown Louisville. Louisville CourierJournal. More

July 29

Synthetic marijuana causing outcry
Alabama, Louisiana, North Dakota, Tennessee and Kentucky were among the first 10 states that have already passed some form of a ban, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Toronto Sun. More

Raw food pits consumers against regulators
It is legal for licensed dairies to sell raw milk at retail outlets in California and 10 other states, according to research by the National Conference of State  Legislatures. Los Angeles Times in the Sentinel Source. More

3 face charges in Texhoma 'sexting'
This year, lawmakers in 16 states introduced or considered legislation aimed at sexting, according to information from the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Oklahoman. More

Ariz. immigration law has echoes across U.S.
During the first half of 2010, lawmakers in all 50 states introduced 1,374 bills and resolutions seeking in some way to restrict or eliminate illegal immigration, according to data compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Lawmakers passed 319 of them, in 44 states. MSNBC. More

State revenues:Fiscal revenue could worsen
Budget cuts and tax increases have combined to close deficits in almost all of the 41 states that had budget gaps going into the 2011 fiscal year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Opinion in the Watertown Daily Times. More

July 28

States tackle immigration legislation
Arizona's immigration law has gotten a lot of flack, but some analysts say other states are considering measures as well. Anne Morse, policy analyst for the National Conference of State Legislatures, offers her insight. NPR. More

On immigration, five states look to Arizona
The latest reminder is a new report by the National Conference of State Legislatures, finding that every state with a regular legislative session this year addressed immigration and migrant issues. Stateline. More

Kobach, GOP candidate for Kansas secretary of state, would allow voter-initiated laws
Twenty-six states, including all four surrounding Kansas, have mechanisms for allowing voters to put laws or constitutional changes on their statewide ballots, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Kansas City Star. More

Report: Illinois budget crisis worst in nation
The preliminary report by the National Conference of State Legislatures showed Illinois closed its last fiscal year in worse shape than any other state. WBEZ. More

Kentucky Senate President David Williams considering race for Kentucky governor, RIchie Farmer a possible running mate
Williams said that he has invited all of the state's constitutional officers to NCSL events, but that Farmer was the only one who attended Monday night's event. Courier-Journal. More

Former Florida Governor will not run for President
Bush spoke on education reform at the National Conference of State Legislatures. WBKO. More

National report on state budgets says Maryland economic recovery on track
Maryland’s revenues are running ahead of projections across the board for fiscal 2010, according to a report released this week by the National Conference of State Legislatures, looking at the budgets in all 50 states. Maryland Reporter. More

Legislators warn of projected $2B deficit, likely cuts
According to a report released Tuesday by the National Conference of State Legislatures, Louisiana is one of only four of the 49 states included in the survey to report a year-over-year double digit drop in state general fund revenue for the last fiscal year. The News Star. More

State governments expect tax collections to grow but still face budget gaps
But states are still likely to face at least two more years of financial troubles and about half will see gaps in this year's budgets if Congress doesn't extend special Medicaid payments that were part of the 2009 stimulus act, according to a report expected to be released Tuesday by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Kaiser Health News. More

GOP candidates stirring in governor race
Speaking with me on Monday morning at the National Conference of State Legislatures in Louisville, Kentucky Senate President David Williams confirmed his interest in Kentucky's gubernatorial race by explaining that he had commissioned polling that showed hurdles he has to overcome with voters in Louisville and Lexington. WHAS. More

Local governments to cut 500,000 people in 2010 and 2011, as $400 billion budget shortfall brings state economies to a halt
While a separate report by the National Conference of State Legislatures today said U.S. state revenue is recovering from the drop in tax collections caused by the 2007 recession and the slow pace of job growth since, the greatest blow to local governments will be felt from now through 2012, the local groups said. Financial News Network. More

California police raid stirs raw food controversy
It is legal for licensed dairies to sell raw milk at retail outlets in California and 10 other states, according to research by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Leader-Telegram. More

July 27

"Glimmers of Improvement," but state woes remain
"For the first time in a long time we're seeing some slight improvement in the state revenue situation," Corina Eckl, the NCSL's fiscal program director, said in a statement accompanying the report. "But glimmers of improvement are tarnished by looming problems." ABC News. More

States expect tax collections to rise
State governments expect tax collections to grow for the first time in two years as tax increases and a recovering economy lead to higher collections.
But states are still likely to face at least two more years of financial troubles and about half will see gaps in this year's budgets if Congress doesn't extend special Medicaid payments that were part of the 2009 stimulus act, according to a report expected to be released Tuesday by the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Wall Street Journal. More

Schwarzenegger could leave Calif. without budget
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, only California and Rhode Island have a two-thirds vote requirement for passing a budget, while nearly all other states require a majority budget vote. The Associated Press. More

Md. could save $829M under health care reform
Richard Cauchi, a health program director for the National Conference of State Legislatures, said while many states are focusing on how federal health care reform will affect finances, the Maryland report shows the state is in the top ten for analyzing the law's impact. The Washington Post. More

Colorado lawmakers not alone in tax raises
Colorado was one of nine states that fell into that category, according to a study of state budgets released Monday by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Chieftain. More

Redistricting measure falls short
According to senior fellow Tim Storey, a staff member at the National Conference of State Legislatures, 13 other states have taken redistricting out of the hands of the legislators, although none has assigned it to a panel of retired judges as Mannix and Day propose. Ashland Daily Tidings. More

SPECIAL REPORT-Is immigration a desert mirage for the G.O.P.? =3
The National Conference of State Legislatures said that five other states -- South Carolina, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Rhode Island -- have introduced Arizona-style immigrant legislation so far this year. Foreyard. More

Medical marijuana to be OK in some VA clinics
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there are 14 states and the District of Columbia with medical marijuana laws. They are: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. Foster's Daily Democrat. More

Oklahoma's House of Representatives signs with new video provider
Tennessee was honored in 2009 by the National Conference of State Legislatures for its website's transparency. NewsOk. More

As state revenues tick upward, budget gaps remain
After enduring two years of crippling budget deficits, states may have slightly better times ahead, according to a new report issued yesterday by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Stateline. More

Rep. Kessler, Sen. Zarelli receive awards
Retiring House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler is receiving the "Excellence in State Legislative Leadership" award from the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Bellingham Herald. More

Who's watching you behind the wheel?
Proposals have also been considered in Nevada, Chicago and Oklahoma City but have not made it onto the books, said Anne Teigen, an analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver. The Morning Call. More

July 26

Lung Association pushing for Medicaid expansion
The National Conference of State Legislatures is underway in Louisville. The American Lung Association is using the opportunity to push for more support for anti-smoking programs. WFPL News. More

Georgia, other states question how to treat undocumented students
During the 2010 legislative session, 16 states dealt with 39 pieces of legislation related to undocumented students, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Atlanta Journal Constitution. More

Pelosi, McConnell to speak in Louisville
Democratic U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are making a joint appearance in Louisville to offer their opinions on the relationship between states and the federal government. The two are speaking Monday morning at the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures. WBKO. More

Lou Cannon: feds pull the rug out from Under States
“What once seemed a certainty became problematical,” said Michael Bird, a Washington lobbyist for the National Conference of State Legislatures. NoozHawk. More

State spending on student aid increased modestly in 2008-9
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, states face a combined deficit of $89-billion in the fiscal year that began on July 1. The Chronicle of Higher Education. More

Retirements shrink state oversight
Elsewhere in the country, most states opted for furloughs rather than retirement incentives to save money, said Ron Snell, director of state services for the National Conference of State Legislatures. Des Moines Register. More

Lawmakers prodded on promise to find $50M in savings
The National Conference of State Legislatures has been warning since April 20 - two weeks before this fiscal year's state budget was adopted - that this potential funding was in jeopardy. The Connecticut Mirror. More

VA OKs medical marijuana for Washington vets
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there are 14 states and the District of Columbia with medical marijuana laws. Seattle Post Intelligencer. More

July 23

Bill Requiring Insurers To Cover Autism In The Works
Jennifer Saunders, health program policy associate for the National Conference of State Legislatures, said the Council for Affordable Health Insurance estimates health insurance premiums may rise 1 to 3 percent for autism coverage. Insurancenewsnet.com. More

Renters: Know Your Health Rights
The National Conference of State Legislatures' Healthy Home Page provides information about housing codes. The Huffington Post. More

Recession-Weary Workers, States Still Hope For COBRA And Medicaid Subsidies
Some states — including Michigan and Idaho — are considering revisiting their budgets or tapping into reserve funds to cover the gap, according to a report by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Kaiser Health News.  More

American Association of Poison Control Centers: Fake Marijuana Spurs More Than 750 Calls to U.S. Poison Centers This Year Alone 
At least nine other states have also banned or outlawed these products, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Earthtimes.org. More

Tag, You're It.
"Some of our participants are very active on their mobile phones. By using this technology, we allow them to stay engaged and informed at our meetings," said Gene Rose, communications director for NCSL. TMCnet. More

College Board Advocacy & Policy Center Releases the College Completion Agenda 2010 Progress Report
The College Completion Agenda State Policy Guide was developed by CBAPC and the National Conference of State Legislatures. PR Newswire. More

July 22

Power of the purse comes with a pinch
California is the only other state that imposes a similar sanction, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The New York Times. More

Adoptees need better rights
I am on my way to the Adoptee Rights Demonstration, a rally and protest in Louisville, Ky., on Sunday. This rally will coincide with the opening day of the annual summit of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Centre Daily Times. More

Weekend expected to provide big boost to Louisville's economy
Jim Wood, president of the Louisville Visitors Bureau, expects more than 60,000 people to attend three events - HullabaLOU, the RV Rally, and the National Conference of State Legislatures – and spend at least $47 million in Louisville. Wave 3. More

Bank lost your account data? here's what to do
As of April, 46 states and three U.S. territories have laws for notification of consumers whose information may have been compromised in data breaches, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. PC World. More

State-based incentives
Severe budget constraints have hampered the adoption of some state job-creation measures, says Luke Martel, policy associate in the fiscal affairs program at the Denver-based National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks state legislation. Human Resource Executive Online. More

Ga. quietly scales back strict sex-offender law
At least five in 2009 tightened residency restrictions for sex offenders, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. First Amendment Center. More

Legislators continue discussion on autism health insurance mandate
Different states have passed bills that vary in the amount of coverage provided, but cost estimates range from 74 cents to $15 added on to the premiums of each member per month, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. West Virginia Public Broadcasting. More

Montauk residents considering recall for Wilkinson, Quigley
The National Conference of State Legislatures’ website lists the requirements for recalling state or local officials for many states but does not include New York. 27 East News. More

July 21

Arizona immigration law has groups readying for court
State legislatures passed 353 immigration-related laws in 2009 and introduced more than 1,100 this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. USA Today. More

Kessler honored
The National Conference of State Legislatures selected Washington's retiring House Majority Leader Rep. Lynn Kessler, D-Hoquiam, for this year's Excellence in State Legislative Leadership Award, the nation's top legislative honor. Sequim Gazette. More

Class project on Georgia earns Gwinnett students at Jones Middle spot to represent home state
The Jones Middle students’ project about their home state will be on display in Louisville, Kentucky later this month where it will represent Georgia in the National Project Citizen Showcase. The event will be held at the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures, July 25-28, 2010. Duluth Weekly. More

Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi to speak in Louisville
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will address the National Conference of State Legislatures on Monday. Fox 41 WDRB. More

Committee approves new rules for campaigning with social media
Maryland and Florida are the only states that have any regulations on the books about campaigning on social networks, according to information from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Maryland Reporter.com More

Most states require lawmakers to disclose spouses’ income
But in Irwin, Idaho, Ira, Vt., or Irving Township, Mich., Harper-Brown, R-Irving, would be required by their state laws to disclose nothing. These are the only states in the Union with no financial disclosure requirements, according to a list compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures and dated March 2008. Texas Watchdog. More

N.Y. mulls indoor tanning rules, cites cancer risk
New York law currently bans commercial indoor tanning for children under 14 and requires written parental consent for those from 14 up to 18. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 32 states regulate tanning by minors. Yankton Daily Press. More

From the Capitol: Tuesday, July 20
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Pennsylvania is one of only 11 states that do not limit the length of legislative sessions. The Record Herald. More

July 20

Tanning salons: more heat?
The National Conference of State Legislatures says 32 states regulate tanning by minors, and legislation to outlaw it has been introduced in about 20 states. Wall Street Journal. More

Arizona immigration law has groups readying for court
State legislatures passed 353 immigration-related laws in 2009 and introduced more than 1,100 this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. USA Today. More

Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell to speak in Louisville Monday
The woman conservatives love to hate and the man liberals love to hate will share the stage Monday in Louisville at the National Conference of State Legislatures annual meeting. Courier- Journal. More

Indiana ends fiscal year in the black - barely
According to health policy director Joy Johnson of the National Conference of State Legislatures, Indiana lawmakers will face huge challenges in implementing health care reform, just one of the many gifts bestowed upon us by the geniuses in Washington. The News- Sentinel. More

Georgia softens once lauded strict sex offender law
At least five states in 2009 tightened residency restrictions for sex offenders, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. News Channel 9 WSYR. More 

Cities take a cue from San Diego, scale back public pensions
“San Diego was an early warning of the kind of difficulties that public pension funds could find themselves in,” Ronald Snell, an analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures, told the Los Angeles Times. “They started with a badly funded plan and it’s been difficult for them to move out of it.” San Diego News Network. More

July 19

State legislatures step up efforts to fight human trafficking
Ann Morse, a director at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), said bills tackling human trafficking are "the latest big trend." The Washington Post. More

Municipalities take aim at public pensions
Schwarzenegger's approach to fixing pensions is in line with national trends, said Ronald Snell, an analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures. "The more common approach is to make a number of adjustments," he said. "Marginal changes add up" in creating savings. Los Angeles Times. More

Term limits like 'political junk food,' expert says
Another six states have agreed to term limits in the past, but the limits were repealed by the legislature or overturned by the courts, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. CNN. More

Ga. softens once lauded strict sex offender law
At least five in 2009 tightened residency restrictions for sex offenders, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Associated Press. More

NY mulls indoor tanning rules, cites cancer risk
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 32 states regulate tanning by minors. The Associated Press. More

How the health care bill will affect work-at-home moms
This is important because, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, "Young adults often lose their health insurance if covered under their parent's or guardian's policy at age 19 or upon graduation from high school or college." Helium. More

States launch flurry of new immigration laws
In fact, the number of immigration-related laws and resolutions enacted by states surged to 333 last year, up from 32 in 2005, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Commercial Appeal. More

Internet sales tax eyed for Arizona
Arizona could gain as much as $708 million in 2012 by taxing more Internet, Home Shopping Network, catalog and other out-of-state sales, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. KPNX-12. More

US Department of Justice goes after Arizona laws
The numbers are staggering according to the National Conference of State Legislators. In 2010 alone, more that 1,000 laws and resolutions were introduced. Examiner.com More

July 16

Municipalities on the brink, but muni bonds hang in there
The biggest budget problems are seen among U.S. states, which collectively faced budget deficits of $89 billion for fiscal 2011, which most of them had to balance by this month, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Market Watch. More

Expert: State faces challenges on health care overhaul
Healthy policy director Joy Johnson Wilson of the National Conference of State Legislatures today told the Legislature's Health Finance Commission that steps will include getting laws passed, upgrading systems and establishing health care insurance exchanges where individuals and small businesses can pool buying power. The Associated Press in the Journal and Courier. More

Republican Senate primary sees new vs. old
Political experience: State Senate, president of National Conference of State Legislatures, chairman of the Gwinnett Republican Party. Gwinnett Daily Post. More

July 15

US states widen the search in bond sales
Those deficits amounted to $89bn for the 2011 fiscal year, says the National Conference of State Legislatures. Financial Times. More

Texting while driving ban, other new Kentucky laws take effect Thursday
Kentucky is one of 10 states that have banned sending text messages while driving this year, said Anne Teigen, policy specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures. Louisville Courier- Journal. More

Iowa may lose House seat in redistricting
"Some states use legislatures, some states use commissions and then there's Iowa," said Tim Storey, a senior fellow with the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver. "The Iowa approach to redistricting is unlike any other state." Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. More

Colorado 4th graders champion commercial carwashes
With the help of a city staffer from Federal Way, Wash., the students crafted their program using Federal Way as a model and submitted their idea as an entry in Project Citizen, an education program sponsored by the Center for Civic Education and the National Conference of State Legislatures. Modern Car care. More

A look at the SB1070 law
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the bill into law on April 23, making Arizona the first state to criminalize illegal immigration by defining unlawful presence as trespassing, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. San Antonio Express. More

As stimulus funds shrink, colleges face more cuts
Thirty-nine states used stimulus money to support higher education in the past year, compared with only 14 states the year before, according to the report by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Lansing State Journal. More

Judging legislator travel up to voters
It's worth acknowledging that much of the travel mentioned in the AP story came under the umbrella of the Council of State Governments and the National Conference of State Legislatures; two groups reasonable people find legitimate. Opinion in The Bismarck Tribune. More

July 14

State tax revenues rise -- finally!
Governors and lawmakers just finished slashing $89 billion from their budgets for fiscal 2011, which began July 1 in 46 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. CNN Money. More

Give alternative balloting a chance
As of last year, Hawaii was among 29 states allowing some form of no-excuse absentee voting and is now among five states that allow citizens to become permanent absentee voters, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Honolulu Star Advertiser. More

As stimulus funds shrink, colleges face more cuts
Thirty-nine states used stimulus money to support higher education in the past year, compared with only 14 states the year before, according to the report by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Lansing State Journal. More

Race for Ohio House tagged 'tossup' by Governing Magazine, but will Gibbs' comment help or hurt?
Tim Storey, an election analyst for the National Conference of State Legislatures, said of the rough ahead of Democrats, "History is not on their side. Since 1900, the party in the White House loses seats in the legislature in every midterm except for 1934 and 2002. Examiner.com More

New York smokers welcome in Vermont
In Vermont, it’s $2.24, making it the 10th highest in the nation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Burlington Free Press. More

July 13

GOP poised to grab control at state levels
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the White House party has been a net loser of state legislative seats in every election in the past 110 years except 1934 and 2002, the first midterm elections of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and George W. Bush, respectively. The Washington Times. More

Iowa lawmakers launch unique redistricting
Tim Storey of the National Conference of State Legislatures says the process used in Iowa is unique. KTTC. More

Illegal immigration may be 107th General Assembly's elephant in the room
Top topics of interest were employment, identification or driver's licenses, and law enforcement, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Examiner.com More

July 12

Lawmakers launch unique redistricting
"Some states use legislatures, some states use commissions and then there's Iowa," said Tim Storey, a senior fellow with the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver. "The Iowa approach to redistricting is unlike any other state." Chicago Tribune. More

Woman indicted in death of fetus
Massachusetts is one of 38 states that will prosecute homicides of unborn children otherwise capable of living outside the womb, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Boston Herald. More

Tennessee lawmakers mull immigration issue
Top topics of interest were employment, identification or driver's licenses, and law enforcement, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Knoxville News Sentinel. More

Medicaid funding extension hitting roadblocks in Congress
States already are facing a combined total of $89 billion in fiscal 2011 deficits, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. American Medical News. More

Lawsuit filed over recent Internet sales tax bill
Stephens points to legislation pending in Congress and activity at the National Conference of State Legislatures as well as interest in the Streamlined Sales Tax project. The Colorado Statesman. More

EACS begins budget planning
The Health Finance Commission will meet Thursday to hear a presentation on federal health care reform by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. More

Temporary fixes have Ohio ahead of red-ink trend, but $8B gap likely next year
As of March, states faced a combined projected budget shortfall from 2008 through 2013 in excess of half a trillion dollars, accord-ing to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Norwalk Reflector. More

North Dakota, Minnesota to debate law like Arizona’s
Five states have already seen similar bills taken up by legislatures, including the bill by Minnesota Rep. Steve Drazkowski, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Dickinson Press. More

Synthetic pot spurs concerns, state bans
Similar prohibitions are pending or awaiting governors' signatures in at least six other states, including Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Ohio, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Santa Rosa Press Democrat. More

States shift to hybrid pensions
Though defined-contribution plans are often on legislative agendas, they rarely have been adopted in the public sector, says Ron Snell, director of the state-services division for the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Wall Street Journal. More

July 9


Delahunt seeks to help states collect sales tax on Internet sales
The bill has support from 70 different groups including the International Council of Shopping Centers, Kohls, National Governor’s Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, and the National League of Cities. Broadband Breakfast. More

Panel hears upbeat Ohio budget assessments
Todd Haggerty with the National Conference of State Legislatures told the commission that Ohio's budget outlook isn't nearly as grim as those in states including Nevada and Illinois. News Net 5, Ohio. More

House committee lends gambling supporters an ear
As of May 12, lawmakers across the country have introduced more than 20 measures, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Austin American Statesman. More

Come, all ye gullible
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, in 2006 American lotteries generated nearly $17 billion in revenue for state governments. Economist. More

Lawmaker who pushed time bill quits
Nearly 30 states have laws requiring former lawmakers to wait varying lengths of time before they become lobbyists, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  South Bend Tribune. More

GOP gov. candidates call for e-Verify, despite study showing its ineffectiveness
Currently, only Arizona and South Carolina require usage of e-Verify for all public and private employers, while 11 states require it for either state agencies or state contractors, or both, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Florida Independent. More

Iowa a leader in minority-oriented state programs
A study conducted by the National Conference of State Legislatures shows that Iowa is the only state with three significant minority-oriented programs. Opinion in the Des Moines Register. More

July 8

Official: Ohio in 'recovery mode'
Before Sabety, the commission heard from the National Conference of State Legislatures, which said states have faced $531billion in budget gaps from 2008 to 2013, and 40 states expected tax collection to drop from 2009 to 2010. Columbus Dispatch. More

Other states in much worse fiscal shape, Ohio budget panel is told
There are many states that you can say are worse off," said Todd Haggerty, a fiscal affairs staffer with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Haggerty's research shows a grimmer picture in states such as Nevada and Illinois, where officials face a staggering budget gap amounting to 45 percent of their current budgets. Cleveland Plains Dealer. More

'Brutal Toll' on state budgets will have an impact on higher education
A new report by the National Conference of State Legislatures is another reminder of how the recession has taken "a brutal toll" on state revenues and of how states have relied on federal stimulus money to prevent major cuts in higher education in the 2009 and 2010 fiscal years. Blog in the Chronicle of Higher Education. More

Stamford Museum & Nature Center board elects Swerdloff president at annual meeting
At the legislature, Fox co-chaired a special task force on Domestic Violence in Immigrant Communities and served on the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Law and Criminal Justice Committee. ShorelinePlus.com. More

Congress weighs curbs on state 'iTaxes'
Neal Osten, who oversees federal-state tax issues for the National Conference of State Legislatures, said on Wednesday that he has not yet reviewed the bill. CNET.com.More

Stamford Museum & Nature Center board elects Swerdloff president at annual meeting
At the legislature, Fox co-chaired a special task force on Domestic Violence in Immigrant Communities and served on the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Law and Criminal Justice Committee. ShorelinePlus.com More

Cuts in new state budget significant
Another report from the National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan state policy organization, tells us this economic recession has been the longest, most challenging recession since the economic downturn of 1929. McLeansboro Times-Leader. More

Obama administration sues to block Arizona immigration law
As of June 30, similar bills had been introduced in five other states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures: South Carolina, Pennsylvania,Minnesota, Rhode Island and Michigan. Daily Titan. More

July 7

Hawaii governor vetoes civil-unions bill
Five U.S. states and the District of Columbia currently issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Time. More

What happens in Arizona…
Last year, there were a record number of laws enacted (222) and resolutions (131) in 48 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.” Connecticut Law Tribune. More

Government: changes coming
The National Conference of State Legislatures notes that states have faced more than $300 billion in budget gaps since the recession started in December 2007. The Florida Times Union. More

Special session only option to secure budget reserve
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Governors in at least 10 states have more flexibility to respond to a budget deficit than Gregoire. Seattle Post Globe. More

Technology in emergency vehicles carries risks, rewards
Anne Teigen, transportation policy specialist for the National Conference of State Legislatures, said lawmakers in 27 states enacted texting bans since 2001. The Issaquah Press. More

Delaware law bans hand-held phone use while driving
Twenty-three states and Washington, D.C., prohibit texting while driving and five more states have texting bans that will go into effect later this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, said Rep. Darryl M. Scott, D-Dover, who sponsored the legislation restricting cell phone use. Philadelphia Business Journal. More

U.S. challenges Arizona's illegal immigrant crackdown
As of June 30, similar bills had surfaced in five other states, according to the National Council of State Legislatures: Michigan, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Rhode Island. The Detroit News. More

July 6

Missed meetings could mean jail time for parents
There doesn't appear to be any existing legislation similar to what Worthy wants. She didn't know of any and the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks state laws, didn't know of one. Similar proposals in Texas and Kentucky have failed. The Associated Press. More

Investors fear rising risk of US regional defaults
US states faced budget deficits of $89bn for fiscal 2011, which began for most of them on July 1, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Financial Times. More

The wait to see who is helped by health-care reform
Nationwide, 35 states currently operate high-risk programs, but they only cover a total of approximately 250,000 people, according to Richard Cauchi, health program director at the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Connecticut Mirror. More

Backlash growing against red light cameras
Three states — Maine, Mississippi and Montana — banned red light cameras last year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Houston Chronicle. More

Democrats propose national internet sales tax policy, ACLU fights back
They say it could rake in as much as $23B USD extra tax revenue from citizens yearly.  The National Conference of State Legislatures has endorsed the measure. Daily Tech. More

Tobacco sellers fired up by new NY tax
The lowest state cigarette tax nationwide is in Missouri: $0.17 per pack, according to data compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Daily Mail. More

Not-so-happy new year to the states
The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates that states are starting the current fiscal year with an aggregate $89 billion deficit. The Christian Science Monitor. More

Sales taxes for the Internet
The tax committee members include Wal-mart, Home Depot, Target- to name a few- cheered Delahunt's move. The National Conference of State Legislatures did too. News Blaze. More

Will Pat Robertson and Pastor John Hagee pay the way for New York and Chicago?
In its January 2009 update, the National Conference of State Legislatures reported that 10 states had balanced their fiscal 2009 budgets: Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming. Texas had a surplus. Blog in The Hill. More

Players fear rising risk of US regional government defaults
US states faced budget deficits of US$89B for fiscal Y2011, which began for most of them on July 1, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. That is after shortfalls of more than US$300B since 2008. Live Trading News. More

On taxes, GOP gubernatorial rivals differ
Seven other states — Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming — do not tax individual income taxes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Tennessee and New Hampshire don't tax active income but do tax inheritance and dividend earnings, according to NCSL. San Francisco Examiner. More

In some states, pension pain yields budget gains
Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi, Vermont and Wyoming have set increased contributions from some or all current employees, according to a tally by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Stateline.org in the Times Dispatch. More

House Speaker Andy Dillon makes campaign stop at Creston High School
A recent study by the National Conference of State Legislatures identified Michigan as the sixth worst state for early education cuts in fiscal 2010. MLive. More

Delahunt introduces bill to streamline payment of taxes for online purchases
The change could raise as much as $23 billion in new taxes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, which supports the legislation. The Hill. More

Democrats push for new Internet sales taxes
The National Conference of State Legislatures applauded Delahunt's legislation, saying he should be commended for allowing states to collect as much as $23 billion in new taxes. CNet. More

Cash-strapped states seek funding as fiscal year begins
States face a combined deficit of $89 billion in the new 2011 fiscal year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. McKnight's News. More

Teaching citizenship
The Center for Civic Education, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and many others have launched impressive campaigns to attract attention back to civic education. The American Blog. More

Economists talk double-dip recession as states begins new fiscal year
States face a combined deficit of $89 billion in the fiscal year that began Thursday, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Texas Insider. More

Alaska, Canadian, Northwest states work together
A new PNWER initiative, done jointly with the National Conference of State Legislatures, is the Legislative Energy Horizon Institute, a set of courses on energy issues that legislators take over 18 months. Alaska Journal. More

July 2

Moore: The words of the Declaration of Independence live on
State Sen. Richard T. Moore represents south central Massachusetts and is the incoming President of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), and co-chairman of NCSL's Trust for Representative Democracy. Editorial in the Daily News Transcript. More

History offers insight into Ariz. immigration law effort
Last year alone, there were a record number of laws enacted (222) and resolutions (131) in 48 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Opinion in the Times Leader. More

New coverage for uninsured people in poor health
"Part of the reason those 20 states deferred to the federal government was a concern about the financing," said Richard Cauchi, health program director for the National Conference of State Legislatures. "State budgets are in such tough shape." AP in News8. More

Lawmakers can’t afford to flunk summer school
A 2007 study by the National Conference of State Legislatures ranked it seventh in size among the 50 states, when compared to the state’s population. Kansas City Star. More

Maryland could face $389M Medicaid gap
Several states worked similar budgets for fiscal 2011. California banked on getting $1.5 billion, while Massachusetts planned for $689 million, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Baltimore Business Journal. More

Countdown to launch of high risk pools
According to the New York Times and the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), at least 21 states, including Alaska, California, Maryland and North Carolina, have high-risk pools and will set up new programs with federal money. New America Foundation Blog. More

July 1

State to cover pre-existing conditions
About 35 states already operate high-risk pools for uninsured individuals, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Buffalo News. More

Limited space will make some miss high-risk insurance
Richard Cauchi is a health policy expert at the National Conference of State Legislatures. He says the federal government is launching a new website today, in an effort to reduce confusion. Market Place Radio. More

Wonkbook: House passes FinReg; unemployment insurance fails; CBO makes the case for stimulus
States face a combined deficit of $89 billion in the fiscal year that begins Thursday, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Washington Post. More

High-risk insurance comes alive
And Richard Cauchi, health program director for the National Conference of State Legislatures, says "Part of the reason those 20 states deferred to the federal government was a concern about the financing…State budgets are in such tough shape." Blog in the New York Post. More

State step closer to high-risk health coverage
"A few states, such as North Carolina and Maryland, are trying to have a product people can sign up for as of (today), but more typically states are looking at Aug. 1 or the end of August as the operational date," said Richard Cauchi, health program director for the National Conference of State Legislatures, adding that the law does not mandate that states begin their programs by today. San Francisco Chronicle. More

Washington impasse threatens state's budget, residents' pocketbooks
The National Conference of State Legislatures issued a caveat to all states; U.S. Reps. John Larson, D-1st District, and Chris Murphy, D-5th District, both made public statements questioning the wisdom of relying on added funding; and the state legislature's non-partisan Office of Fiscal Analysis declined to include addition federal spending in its revenue projections. CT Mirror. More

States ban texting while driving, but do bans work?
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, fines across the country range from as little as $20 to as much as $750 for a violation. NPR. More

States seek financial help as new fiscal year begins
States face a combined deficit of $89 billion in the fiscal year that begins Thursday, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Washington Post. More

Delegate Scott's Richmond report
While the National Conference of State Legislatures reported that a reduced amount might be funded, there seemed to be little optimism about full restoration of the cuts. Falls Church News. More

US states face hard budget choices
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 28 states have agreed budgets this year and 16 had passed biennial budgets last year. Eight states, including California, have extended their sessions or held special meetings to negotiate budgets, NCSL says. Financial Times. More

Decade after Vt. civil unions, issue reverberates
Thirty states have amended their constitutions to define marriage as occurring solely between men and women, or allowing their legislatures to do so, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. San Jose Mercury News. More

Federal tax could hurt local tanning businesses
There are no such controls over tanning listed for the state of Alabama according to the National Conference of State Legislatures website when it comes to tanning restrictions for minors. Santa Rosa's Press Gazette. More

Temporary funding forever?
By May of this year, the National Conference of State Legislatures was pleading with the federal government not to shut off the funding faucet. Reason.com. More

State of state budget
At least nine states have developed contingency plans for FMAP shortfalls, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Times Union in Leagle.com. More

With budget cake, Americans want to have it, eat it, too
"In some ways, lawmakers have been doing a little of all of those already," said Todd Haggerty, policy associate at the National Conference of State Legislatures. "Most of the easy options are long gone. It's all tough choices now," he added. National Journal. More

 

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