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NCSL in the News July 2012

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NCSL in the News: July 2012

July 31

Legislative task force hears options for health care, Medicaid programs
Joy Wilson, health policy director for the National Conference of State Legislatures, told the group that it’s not yet clear what form an exchange operated by the federal Department of Health and Human Services might take if the state does not create its own.  Idaho Reporter

What voter ID laws accomplish, what they cost
Four swing states -- Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Virginia and Wisconsin -- enacted new voter ID laws, the National Conference of State Legislatures reports. None of those laws is currently in effect except Pennsylvania's.  Yahoo! News

New law limits use of cash benefits
In the last 12 years, 10 states have passed laws restricting welfare purchases, and 14 others are proposing similar legislation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  News and Sentinel

Legislature quizzes Idaho health care officials on Affordable Care Act implementation
Joy Wilson, health policy director for the National Conference of State Legislatures, participated via phone, guiding the panel through an analysis of the Supreme Court decision to uphold key elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the full title of the law opponents dub "Obamacare."  Boise Weekly

New Louisiana law requires sex offenders to list status on social media websites starting August 1
The ‘Sex Offender Enactments Database’ on the National Conference of State Legislatures website indicates that sex offender policies have been high on state legislative agendas and that several U.S. states have passed laws requiring sex offenders and child predators to register their online information with authorities.  ESR News

Task force highlights big questions Idaho faces on health care reform
We still don’t know what a federal exchange implemented in Idaho would look like, Joy Wilson of the National Conference of State Legislatures confirmed.  NPR State Impact

Harrop: Online sales-tax ban hurting states
Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee Republican and former governor, is pushing forward a bill to give states that authority. The result could be $23 billion in new revenues for states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Opinion in the Nashua Telegraph

Idaho may be too late on insurance exchange
Federal officials are currently anticipating they'll have to run health insurance exchanges for lots of states -- "as high as 30," Joy Wilson of the National Conference of State Legislatures told the task force by phone on Monday from Washington, D.C.  Insurance News Net

Loophole lets thousands in lobbyist expenses go unreported
Next week, the lobbyists and a larger group of legislators will do it again, as they attend the National Conference of State Legislatures convention in Chicago.  Salt Lake Tribune

July 30

Latest from D.C.: States have 3 choices on exchanges, fed, state, or ‘partnership’
Among the insights from Joy Wilson of NCSL into the health care choices facing states like Idaho: “The Medicaid expansion affects every state differently. … Most states are in the process of running numbers to try to determine what the impact will be of the expansion in their state.”  The Spokesman-Review

'Parent trigger' group seeks help from school operators
If the plans for Desert Trails Elementary take hold, it would be the first time in the nation's history that a parent trigger law has been used successfully to bring about changes to the structure and operations of a school, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Education Week

New Alabama bill prohibits welfare money use on liquor, tattoos
Eleven states have implemented some sort of restrictions on TANF, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Arizona prohibits the purchase of lottery tickets and prohibits gaming facilities from having ATMs that accept EBT cards.  The Birmingham News

Maryland special session will address gambling questions
According to data provided by the National Conference of State Legislatures, Maryland is one of 34 states where the governor or legislature can call a special session.  The Washington Times

Build a financial plan for special-needs child
Many states also offer other benefits or mandate that insurers offer some coverage. You can find states' coverage laws for autism, for instance, on the site of the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Wall Street Journal

LePage’s plan to force schools to reimburse colleges for remedial education rejected in other states
According to Meagan Dorsch, director of public affairs for the National Conference of State Legislatures, no state has ever passed a law similar to the one proposed by LePage.  Bangor Daily News

Top 3 issues facing patient privacy
Federal legislation, such as HIPAA and the HITECH Act, seek to safeguard protected health information. In addition, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 46 states have data breach notification laws.  Government Health IT

Mother shot at theater in Colorado miscarries
At least 38 states have some form of fetal homicide laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  New York Times

Internet sales tax: $23B waits for collection
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, these losses could reach more than $23 billion this year nationally. That money could close the budget deficit in half the states.  Opinion in the Shreveport Times

Notion of ID-for-access not new, backers of voting law say
Asking voters to document themselves isn’t a new concept, though. It’s just the photo requirement that adds a dimension, said Jennie Bowser, a senior fellow at the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Idaho lawmakers begin review of state’s options on health care reform
First up for the joint task force today is a report from Joy Wilson of the National Conference of State Legislatures, by phone, offering an analysis of the Supreme Court decision and its implications for states.  The Spokesman-Review

Law limits use of cash benefits
In the last 12 years, 10 states have passed laws restricting welfare purchases, and 14 others are proposing similar legislation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  The Marietta Times

More transparency needed in Pacific trade agreement
The National Conference of State Legislatures, which includes all 50 states, has gone on record opposing this clause, stating it would be a threat to our system of federalism.  Opinion in the Olympian

Idaho Legislature health care task force meets Monday
A conference call led by Joy Wilson of the National Conference of State Legislatures will begin the meeting with an analysis of the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act, which upheld key provisions of the law in June.  Boise Weekly

Will Republicans succeed in making criminal justice an issue in 2012?
A 2011 report by the National Conference of State Legislatures found that before the early release program passed, Connecticut was one of only six states that did not offer inmates some form of good or earned time credit.  CT News Junkie

July 27

Raimondo pension lawsuit seen risking bankruptcies: muni credit
The law provided "a dramatic punctuation" to efforts by U.S. state and local governments seeking to control retiree costs as pension-plan losses drained assets, said Ronald Snell, a senior fellow at the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver. Bloomberg

Opinion: Momentum building to collect taxes for online retail purchases
State governments are missing out on significant revenue. The estimate is about $628 million in lost revenue for Ohio and $103 million for West Virginia during 2012, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Herald-Dispatch

Pennsylvania voter law burdens poor and elderly, lawyer says
Seventeen states require that ID presented at polls must show a photo of the voter, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver. Nine of those, including Pennsylvania, are considered "strict" voter ID laws in that voters who fail to show a photo ID are given a provisional ballot. San Francisco Chronicle

July 26

Online tax effort gains traction, as supporters seek to level playing field between retail stores and Internet merchants
The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates the new annual state revenue could add up to as much as $23 billion. AP/FOX News

Many synthetic drugs remain legal after ban on 'bath salts'
Michigan joined 40 other states on July 1 that have outlawed the chemical compounds found in synthetic marijuana, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Detroit News

Va., Md. parents bail on college savings plans
Only 9 states operate prepaid college tuition programs, said Brenda Bautsch, a senior policy specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures. Washington Examiner

93-year-old leads fight vs. voter ID
Seventeen states require that ID presented at polls must show a photo of the voter, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver. Nine of those, including Pennsylvania, are considered "strict" voter ID laws in that voters who fail to show a photo ID are given a provisional ballot. Concord Monitor

'Parent Trigger' goes to the big screen
Seven states have some type of trigger law on the books, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Education Week

Food safety concerns grow with farmers markets' popularity
Since the law's passage, at least 20 states have enacted their own "cottage food" laws. It's "the one area that states are trying to exempt from food-safety requirements, mostly to promote entrepreneurs," said Doug Farquhar, who directs the National Conference of State Legislatures' agriculture/environmental health program. 6 News WRTV

Pennsylvania voter law is ‘harassment,’ lawyer says
Seventeen states require that ID presented at polls must show a photo of the voter, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver. Bloomberg

Womack wants online retailers to collect sales tax
Arkansas will likely lose about $113.9 million this year in uncollected online and catalog purchases. Across the nation, the losses will add up to $23.3 billion, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Courier

Senate OKs legislation to require carbon monoxide detectors
At least 11 states have laws requiring the installation of carbon monoxide detectors to some degree, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Roanoke Times
 

July 25

Amazon picks U.S. state sales-tax winners as Congress stands pat
Republican governors, including Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Rick Snyder of Michigan, are prodding Congress for a national solution, along with groups such as the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver and the National Retail Federation in Washington. Bloomberg

Foreign investment in U.S. land on the rise

Ten states, mostly farm states in the Midwest, restrict foreign land ownership, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. USA Today

Pennsylvania voter law put to test in grandmother’s suit
Seventeen states require that ID presented at polls must show a photo of the voter, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver. Bloomberg

Womack wants e-tailers to collect sales tax
U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, did something recently that most Americans rarely do - he paid sales tax on an online purchase. Womack wrote a check for $6.54 to Arkansas’s Department of Finance and Administration to cover the "use tax" on a recent Amazon.com purchase of coffee k-cups for the Keurig machine he keeps at his D.C. apartment. Arkansas will likely lose about $113.9 million this year in uncollected online and catalog purchases. Across the nation, the losses will add up to $23.3 billion, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Arkansas News

Internet tax haven will survive another year
The bills have support from the National Governors Association, which now has a majority of its members from the Republican Party. It’s also backed by the National Retail Federation, whose members are rapidly losing sales to Internet retailers. It’s even won the endorsement of the National Conference of State Legislatures, which needs three-quarters of its members – a majority of which are now dominated by Republicans – to support a policy position before it will go out on a limb to engage in advocacy. The Fiscal Times

Online tax effort gains traction, as supporters seek to level playing field between retail stores and Internet merchants
The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates the new annual state revenue could add up to as much as $23 billion. Fox News

Proposed online sales tax gaining momentum and foes
According to The National Conference of State Legislatures, states lose around $11.5 billion in annual sales taxes from online purchases. Fox Business

Congress hears testimony on online sales tax bill
FOX Business reported the National Conference of State Legislatures estimates the new annual state revenue could total up to $23 billion if online businesses were to implement a sales tax. Fox Business

Online shopping could soon have sales tax
If this bill is passed the National Conference of State Legislatures estimates Iowa could gain an additional $181 million annually in sales tax revenue. Minnesota could get about $450 million more. CBS Iowa/Minnesota

State legislators consider analysis office
State legislators want to hear from some outside groups about the best way to determine the economic and fiscal effects of future legislation. Several members suggested having representatives from the National Conference of State Legislatures advise the group based on what has worked in other states. Charleston Daily Mail

Pennsylvania voter ID law draws attention of Justice Deparment
Thirty-two states have some sort of voter ID laws on the books or pending, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Yahoo!

Will great-great-granny from Philly settle Pa. voter ID issue?
Pennsylvania is one of four states that falls into the category of "strict" photo identification requirements, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Constitution Daily

Courtney Love sued by ex-assistant for "evil," "despicable conduct"
The National Conference of State Legislatures publishes a state-by-state guide to whistleblower law, and the Department of Labor outlines the federal statutes. Lawyers.com

July 24

Iowa gov favors federal online sales tax proposal
Since a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, retailers have been required to collect online sales taxes only for states in which they have stores located, said Jon Kuhl, a spokesman for the National Conference of State Legislatures in Washington. AP/NBC News

Everything you've ever wanted to know about Voter ID laws
The National Conference of State Legislatures has a helpful breakdown of states' voter ID laws and how they vary. NPR: Marketplace

Fracker-funded research pushes industry agenda in U.S.
Rendell eventually dropped the severance-tax proposal, and Pennsylvania remains the largest gas-producing state without one, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Financial Post

Amazon picks U.S. state sales-tax winners
Republican governors, including Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Rick Snyder of Michigan, are prodding Congress for a national solution, along with groups such as the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver and the National Retail Federation in Washington. Bloomberg Businessweek

Group pushes ND to keep resisting health care law
Fewer than 20 states have set up exchanges, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Kaiser Family Foundation, which tracks the issue. AP/Grand Forks Herald

How a great-great-granny could settle the voter ID issue
Pennsylvania is one of four states that falls into the category of “strict” photo identification requirements, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Yahoo! News

Online retailers might have to collect sales tax
But most consumers either don't understand that or choose not to pay it, causing states to lose what the National Conference of State Legislatures estimates would be a total of $23.3 billion in revenue for the 45 states that have a sales tax. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Courtney Love's ex-assistant is accusing her Of 'evil, despicable conduct'
The National Conference of State Legislatures publishes a state-by-state guide to whistleblower law, and the Department of Labor outlines the federal statutes. The Business Insider

Frackers follow tobacco's lead on funding research
Rendell eventually dropped the severance-tax proposal, and Pennsylvania remains the largest gas-producing state without one, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Oregonian

Speaker Silver to receive leadership award
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will receive the prestigious William M. Bulger Excellence in State Leadership Award, presented jointly by the National Conference of State Legislatures and the State Legislative Leaders Foundation. Legislative Gazette

Frackers fund university research that proves their case
Rendell eventually dropped the severance-tax proposal, and Pennsylvania remains the largest gas-producing state without one, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Yahoo Finance

Fallin: Late Okla. Sen. Stipe ‘a legend’
Among sitting lawmakers, only Georgia state Sen. Hugh Gillis’ 56 years of legislative service eclipsed Stipe’s, according to records of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Durant Daily Democrat
 

July 23

Why tax-free online shopping may soon end in Ohio and other states
What looks like a savings to the consumer actually amounts to an estimated $628.6 million that would otherwise go to the state of Ohio and local governments this year, says the National Conference of State Legislatures. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Guns at school
In fact, Colorado isn’t the only state where guns can be carried on campus. Utah not only allows the carrying of concealed weapons on public postsecondary campuses but does not permit public colleges or universities to ban them, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Washington Post

He's watching that, in public? Pornography takes next seat
A bill is pending in the New Jersey legislature to criminalize the playing of obscene material in cars. Similar laws have passed in the last decade in Tennessee, Louisiana and Virginia, and one failed last year in Pennsylvania, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. New York Times

Colorado gun laws remain lax, despite some changes
Carrying a concealed weapon requires a permit, but Colorado is among those states whose rules on permits are relatively lax, said Heather Morton of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Colorado is one of 38 "shall issue" states. She explained that this meant "if a person complies with all of the requirements, then the state must issue a concealed weapons permit." New York Times

Governor Branstad supports sales taxes for online purchases
The National Conference of State Legislatures says Iowa has been missing out on as much as $181 million annually by not collecting every penny of online sales tax. Indianapolis Star

House committee to weigh Internet sales tax legislation
The legislation would help governments recoup sales tax that the National Conference of State Legislatures estimates at more than $23 billion, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Columbus Business First

Opinion: Lawmakers should solve pension crisis now
It’s also enlightening to look at when Quinn might call a special session, as outlined in the political newsletter Capital Fax. The National Conference of State Legislatures meets in Chicago on Aug. 6 to 9, the Illinois State Fair runs Aug. 9 to 19, with Governor’s Day on Aug. 15 and Republican Day on the 16th. Herald-Review

Should the states tax Internet sales?
The National Conference of State Legislatures say such taxes could raise as much as $23 billion a year. New Jersey Herald

Online shoppers could pay sales tax
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, states estimate they lose $11.5 billion in annual sales taxes from online purchases. Fox Texoma

Gov. Martinez resists online sales tax push
But Neil Osten of the National Conference of State Legislatures says that appears likely to change, as local retailers – who must collect sales taxes – ramp up their complaints about unfairness even as cash-hungry states scrounge for more money. "So this is $23 billion the Congress can give states that doesn’t cost the Congress a penny," said Osten, the director of NCSL’s Washington, D.C., office. Albuquerque Journal

Storied Oklahoma politician Gene Stipe dies at 85
Among sitting lawmakers, only Georgia state Sen. Hugh Gillis’ 56 years of legislative service eclipsed Stipe’s, according to records of the National Conference of State Legislatures. RealClearPolitics/AP

Former Oklahoma state Sen. Gene Stipe dies at 85
At the time he resigned, the National Conference of State Legislatures said Stipe was tied with a Wisconsin senator for the longest continuous service by a state lawmaker. Tulsa World

High-capacity magazines legal, easy to buy
Some states enacted their owns bans, including California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, according to research by National Conference of State Legislatures. Ventura County Star/Scripps Howard

Council mulls solutions for jobless fund
A total of 22 states are currently borrowing money from the federal government to cover jobless benefits, with California having the largest loan balance - more than $8.9 billion - according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Albuquerque Journal

Short-term lenders could come to Maryland
Lenders offering payday loans that hold a borrower's paycheck as collateral for the short term of the loan also have no storefronts and are not operating under state law, July data from the National Conference of State Legislatures indicates. Daily Times

Libertarian candidate says Congress is the problem
Julia Vail, treasury department spokeswoman, said Cowell noticed policies elsewhere and consulted groups such as the National Conference of State Legislatures and United Against Nuclear Iran to form a plan for North Carolina. News Observer

Frackers fund university research that proves their case
Rendell eventually dropped the severance-tax proposal, and Pennsylvania remains the largest gas-producing state without one, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Bloomberg Businessweek

Florida primary flier frames Republican
The National Conference of State Legislatures surveyed 35 states and found that 25 used stimulus funds to help balance their budgets. FactCheck.org/Yahoo

July 20

Gregg calls for early child education program
The National Conference of State Legislatures counts Indiana as one of 11 states without a state-funded pre-kindergarten program. All states get federal aid, via the Head Start program, to send low-income children to preschool, but most supplement that spending.  Muncie Star Press/AP

Fights over voter ID grow fierce
About 17 of those states require that the identification include a photo, according to data compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan organization. The requirements vary from state to state.  National Journal

States find legislating social media is a minefield
Meanwhile, in additon to the Maryland law, 11 other state legislatures have introduced bills during the 2012 session, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Government Technology

Conn. among worst states for funding retiree benefits
“A lot of the problems plans currently face is due to the economy,” Snell said. Investments haven’t held up and finances have been undermined because of it. “Whether or not what [states] are doing is adequate, is going to depend on what happens in the future with the economy … it’s impossible to say.”  Fairfield County Business Journal

An app without a home, "the big pencil" and getting sick of sick days
According to the Thicket: "To address this problem, Nancy Cyr, director of the Nebraska Legislative Research Office, launched an effort during her tenure as NCSL Staff Chair to develop a website with a series of videos that describe the dynamic, rewarding world of legislative service.  Governing

A year later, 'Caylee's Law' a reality in many states
Other states to pass similar legislation include Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Wisconsin, and Kansas, with lawmakers in dozens of states filling similar bills, according to National Conference of State Legislatures.  FOX 19

Voter ID support linked to attitudes about African Americans, study finds
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 32 states have some form of voter ID law, with varying degrees of strictness.  Huffington Post

If you like local government ...
Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee Republican and former governor, is pushing forward a bill to give states that authority. The result could be $23 billion in new revenues for states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Opinion in the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

Blair Lee: O’Malley shoots the moon
Second, he needs to get 71 House Democratic votes by Aug. 20, the deadline for adopting ballot language for the Nov. 6 Election Day referendum vote. But the National Conference of State Legislatures holds its annual summit meeting Aug. 6 to 9 in Chicago, followed by the Maryland Association of Counties’ annual blowout Aug. 15 to 18 in Ocean City.  Opinion in Maryland Community News Online

July 19

New welfare restrictions target booze, tattoos
In the past 12 years, at least 10 states passed laws restricting welfare purchases, three of them this year, while at least 14 others are proposing similar legislation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Philadelphia Daily News/AP

Maryland Dream Act supporters launch campaign to uphold law
If the law is upheld in a statewide referendum in November, Maryland would be the 13th state in the country to allow such a provision, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Baltimore Sun

House passes compromise three-strikes bill
Few states have passed new laws in recent years, said Alison Lawrence, a policy specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures.  “We’ve seen many states looking at adjusting or getting rid of mandatory minimum sentencing for low-level, non­violent crimes such as some drug offenses,” she said. “The whole idea is that you want to preserve prison for the most dangerous criminals.”  Boston Globe

Activists fight horse slaughter
At least Oklahoma, California and Mississippi also ban the sale of horse meat for human consumption, and Illinois bans the slaughter of horses for food, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  USA Today

State budget crisis outlined by new report draws response from government groups
Kansas' state Senate President Steve Morris (R-Hugoton), the president of the National Conference of State Legislatures, said states could receive some fiscal help for Medicaid costs under provisions of the Affordable Care Act.  The Huffington Post

Missouri has yet to create health insurance exchange
As of June 5, 10 states and the District of Columbia had enacted legislation to setup state-based exchanges, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Columbia Missourian

Public opinion on voter ID laws: strong support, shaky foundation
The survey found that 59 percent of the public said their state requires them to show photo ID when voting, 29 percent said their state does not require photo ID, and 11 percent said they did not know. Yet, when we compared these responses with current state laws based on the National Conference of State Legislatures, we found large discrepancies.  The Huffington Post

Public pension reform gains ground
Most governors now say they must reform pensions, or risk pulling dollars from other vital areas and public services to pay benefits. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, from 2009 to 2011, 43 states made changes to their systems.  Employee Benefit News

Supreme Court limits states' immigration authority
The National Conference of State Legislatures reports that, by the end of 2011, 42 states and Puerto Rico had enacted 197 new laws and 109 new resolutions related to immigration.  New York Law Journal

Felon was a lobbyist for Catholic officials in Nevada
At least 10 states and the District of Columbia have some type of provision that limits the ability of a person to register or practice as a lobbyist if he or she has been convicted of a crime, according to Meagan Dorsch, a spokeswoman for the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Reno Gazette Journal

States get tough on use of public benefit programs
In the past 12 years, at least 10 states passed laws restricting welfare purchases, three of them this year, while at least 14 others are proposing similar legislation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Portland Press Herald

Editorial, 7/19: In the interest of fairness
In Nebraska’s case, an additional $118 million in sales tax would be collected annually if the online exemption were removed, according to an estimate by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Nationally, an estimated additional $23 billion would be collected every year.  Opinion in the Lincoln Journal Star

Parental consent for HPV vaccine should not be waived, poll says
The support for state laws that would allow HPV vaccination without parental consent was not different between parents and non-parents.  Red Orbit

Fortuño’s plan for English proficiency in Puerto Rico
The unemployment rate of roughly 14.2 percent has driven the local population to search for a desperate solution to its lingual and other woes.  Dominican Today

Voter ID laws have value
Currently, 30 states have laws in place that will require all voters to show IDs at the polls this November, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. And Pennsylvania is one of those states.  Opinion in the Digital Collegian

Sheldon Silver, New York Assembly Speaker, encourages Democrats to avoid DNC convention
Silver, who will receive a leadership award from the National Conference of State Legislatures next month, has been speaker since 1995.  The Huffington Post

Tax-free online sales could end
Taxing online sales is projected to generate $23 billion in new annual revenue for states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, leveling the playing field between brick-and-mortar retailers and online sellers.  NACS Online

Should women be able to breastfeed in public?
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 45 states have laws specifically allowing women to breastfeed in any public or private location. Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware are among them.  Newtown Patch

Commentary: Black Americans silent as efforts to suppress the black vote grow
In Kansas, there is a law requiring a voter show proof of citizenship. And in 30 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there are Voter ID laws, either passed or under contemplation.  Opinion in the News Tribune

July 18

Political scientist makes case against Texas voter ID law
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 34 states considered voter ID legislation in 2011. This year, legislation was introduced in 32 states, including new voter ID proposals in 14 states, proposals to strengthen existing voter ID laws in 10 states, and bills in 10 states to amend existing laws.  Austin American-Statesman

Homeowner-rights laws bad for housing?
"More than 400 foreclosure laws were enacted across the United States in 2011 alone, and most slowed down the process," Reuters writes, citing as its source the National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan organization.  MSN Money

Get ready to pay sales tax on Amazon
States estimate they lose $23 billion in annual sales taxes, some $11.5 billion of it from online purchases, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  CNN Money

School districts must learn from Penn State's failures
Although most states do not currently mandate reporting by employees of private entities, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures as of June 4, 2012, approximately 105 bills in 30 states and the District of Columbia were introduced in the 2012 legislative session on the reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect; 10 of these states enacted legislation.  School Transportation News

University of Arizona researchers: Data to expand medical pot program lacking
Arizona is among 17 states that allow medical marijuana use, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Maricopa Monitor/AP

Should women be able to breastfeed in public?
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 45 states have laws specifically allowing women to breastfeed in any public or private location. Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware are among them.  Warminster Patch

Delving into dreams deferred
To help remove some of the hurdles, a dozen states now have statutes that allow undocumented students to pay in-state college tuition, according to a report by the National Conference of State Legislatures.  California Lutheran University

Creeping things that make law
ALEC pretends to be a conservative alternative to the National Conference of State Legislatures that trains lawmakers, right and left, on issues and effective governing. But instead of policy experts, it's industry lobbyists who tutor ALEC’s legislative members.  Opinion in Salt Lake Magazine

July 17

How much could states benefit from online sales tax?
Nationally taxes on online sales could translate into $23 billion in new annual revenue, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Wall Street Journal

Laws to restrict indoor tanning are spreading
If you’re interested to know where your state stands on the matter, you can find that out at this web page of the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Los Angeles Times (blog)

Pennsylvania joins ranks of states seeking public pension reform
Most governors now say they must reform pensions, or risk pulling dollars from other vital areas and public services to pay benefits. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, from 2009 to 2011, 43 states made changes to their systems.  Reuters

3 reasons tax-free online shopping is dead
Like all governments, states need revenue to survive. Yet according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, states will fail to collect $23 billion in sales tax for online purchases just this year. That amount alone could make up a great deal of the shortfall.  CBS Money Watch

Health director taking year leave to work on Obama reform panel
Ten states, including Maryland, had established their health care exchanges through legislation as of early June; three states set theirs up through an executive order; and two states, Utah, and Massachusetts, passed their laws even before the enactment of the Affordable Care Act in early 2010, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Washington Times

N.C.’s debt to feds at $2.56B, fourth highest
As of July 13, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, California sat atop the borrowing list with $8.9 billion. New York, with $2.84 billion, was second, and Pennsylvania was third at $2.58 billion.  Triangle Business Journal

Idaho misses out on millions without online sales tax
Idaho missed out on $103 million in the most recent fiscal year due to uncollected sales taxes, according to the NCSL’s numbers.  That’s more than 14 percent of the state’s budget gap in 2010.  NPR

Serial drunk driver accused of killing child arrested often, rarely jailed
Colorado is one of seven states where offenders are charged with a misdemeanor no matter how many times they're caught drunk behind the wheel — unless they injure or kill someone, according to information from the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Boulder Daily Camera

Instead of anger … only silence
In Kansas, there is a law requiring a voter show proof of citizenship. And in 30 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there are voter identification laws, either passed or under contemplation.  Opinion in the Kansas City Star

Sales tax on Web purchases could be coming
If the bill becomes law, an estimated $23 billion is expected to flow into state coffers,according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  CBS News

Silver receives national award for state leadership
The National Conference of State Legislatures’ announced today that they will be presenting Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver with the William M. Bulger Excellence in State Leadership Award at their annual summit next month – which is taking place in Chicago.  Albany Times-Union (blog)

Amazon.com closes in on its endgame as sales taxes loom
Republican governors are warming up to the idea of collecting the revenues available from online shopping, amounting to $23B according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Seeeking Alpha

July 16

Florida to use federal database to challenge legitimacy of voters
Today, 32 states have in place varying degrees of voter identification laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  CNN

Market safety: Increase in popularity raises concerns about inspections
Since the law's passage, at least 20 states have enacted their own "cottage food" laws. It's "the one area that states are trying to exempt from food-safety requirements, mostly to promote entrepreneurs," said Doug Farquhar, who directs the National Conference of State Legislatures' agriculture/environmental health program.  Memphis Commercial Appeal

Tax break nears end for online shoppers
Strapped states suddenly could be flush with $23 billion in new annual revenue, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  FOX News

States' actions on voter ID laws stoke debate
Inormation from National Conference of State Legislatures on state voter ID laws.  Montgomery Advertiser

Red/Blue America columnists ponder, should states tax Internet sales?
There's a movement in several states to levy a sales tax on all purchases made from online sources -- including, in some states, digital downloads from companies like Amazon and Apple. The National Conference of State Legislatures say such taxes could raise as much as $23 billion a year.  Opinion in the Long Beach Press-Telegram

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Any changes in  voting laws and procedures in those pre-determined areas must be  "pre-cleared" by Washington. Today, 32 states have in place  varying degrees of voter identification laws, according to the National  Conference of State Legislatures.  CNN

How Mitt Romney handled Massachusetts' spending problems
Romney closed corporate tax loopholes, generating an additional $174 million in the first year, according to the Massachusetts Department of Administration and Finance. (Other groups, like the National Conference of State Legislatures, estimated the figure as high as $280 million.)  Tampa Bay Times

Englewood apologizes to breast-feeding mom
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 45 states have laws that allow women to breast-feed in any public or private location where they have a right to be, and 28 states exempt breast-feeding from public indecency laws.  Durango Herald/AP

Pro-con: Should online retailers collect sales tax?
Forcing online retailers to collect sales tax also would provide revenue for cash-strapped state and local governments – more than $23 billion this year nationally, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Opinion in the Wichita Eagle

Requests to expand pot law lack evidence
Arizona is among 17 states that allow medical marijuana use, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Casa Grande Dispatch/AP

Election 2012: Understanding your voting rights
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 33 states have considered new laws involving photo identification for voting.  Covington News Banner

Republican governors recalculate online sales tax stand
The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates collecting sales taxes on online purchases could provide states with $23 billion in new revenue annually.  Kansas City Business Journal

Fighting voter fraud
Republican state legislatures have passed laws to require voter ID, and sometimes photo ID, as this article by the National Conference of State Legislatures shows.  Opinion in American Thinker

Illinois politics
The National Conference of State Legislatures released a report in July 2010 declaring llinois' financial situation to be the worst in the nation.  Opinion in OpEdNews

July 13

E-tailers may charge state sales
Neal Osten, NCSL: "Because of the current fiscal conditions that a lot of states have found themselves in over the last few years where they had to cut so much of their budgets and not wanting to raise taxes, a lot of states realize this is a tax that is already in place, the tax is owed.  People who buy, the residents who buy online owe the taxes.  There is just not a way to collect it." PBS Nightly Business Report 

California’s municipal bankruptcies sign of stigma waning
California is among at least 27 states that allow municipalities to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, according to Meagan Dorsch, a spokeswoman for the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver. Bloomberg

Alcohol-detection measures receive support in transportation bill
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, all 50 states have some type of ignition interlock law, and 14 states require that the devices be installed in the automobiles of all offenders. (M.A.D.D. cites 17 states requiring the ignition interlock device for first offenders.) New York Times Blog

First pension-related lawsuits hit Springfield
“Illinois has an unusually strong constitutional provision,” says Ron Snell, a senior fellow at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), who has studied state efforts to reduce pension costs. Progress Illinois

Process works despite politics, personalities (opinion)
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, they may be written by: proponents, the attorney general, the secretary of state, a bipartisan state board or nonpartisan legislative staff. Jefferson City News Tribune

Assessing whether your kid is ready for kindergarten
About 25 states, including Iowa, have some sort of readiness test for kindergartners, and four other states also are developing assessments, according to an August 2010 report from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Omaha World-Herald

Felon voting laws disenfranchise 5.85 million Americans with criminal records: the sentencing project
Excluding criminals from voting goes back even further, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In ancient Greek and Roman societies criminals experienced "civil death," a punishment that could entail loss of property and the right to sign contracts, as well as vote. Huffington Post

For some states, Medicaid expansion may be a tough fiscal call
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, lawmakers will have to weigh in on the Medicaid expansion choice in most states since millions of dollars are at stake. Morris Daily Herald

July 12

Debate intensifies over state election laws
"Everybody wants to find out just how often voter impersonation really happens and everybody wants to quantify how many voters truly lack ID and do they really, truly vote Democratic more often than Republican," said Jennifer Bowser, an election-law analyst for the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures. "That evidence is the Holy Grail in the world of elections this year." USA Today/Gannett

Arizona to outlaw Internet stalking
Besides Arizona, 24 states have cyberstalking and cyberharassment laws, 10 states have only cyberstalking laws and 13 have only cyberharassment laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Arizona Republic

The long shadow of Quill Corp. v. North Dakota
The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates the lost revenue at $23 billion annually. Washington Post Wonkblog

Maryland voters to get shot at reversing redistricting
Only 23 states have the option of getting an issue on a ballot by getting a certain number of signatures - called a popular referendum - explained Jennie Bowser, a senior fellow with the National Conference of State Legislatures. "I’ve never seen a popular referendum for redistricting before this year," she said, referencing data that went as far back as 1998. Washington Times

As another California city goes bankrupt, some see the stigma waning
California is among at least 27 states that allow municipalities to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, according to Meagan Dorsch, a spokeswoman for the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver. Jakarta Globe

Will tax-free online shopping be history?
The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates that this year, states will not collect $23 billion in possible taxes on online transactions. Minyanville

Opinion: Legalizing guns on college campuses won’t lead to safety
Last year alone, 18 states, including Florida, pushed for bills to allow the carrying of concealed weapons on college campuses or to decrease the restrictions on gun carrying on campuses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Oracle

Florida owes federal government $700 million for jobless benefits
Florida is one of 22 states that has not yet paid off its debt, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Orlando Sentinel 

July 11

State-Run pensions for private-sector employees proposed
The idea has been raised in at least 12 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. Governing

Florida, Iowa target voting rights for ex-felons
Those two states, as well as Virginia and Kentucky, are the only ones that withhold voting rights for all those convicted of a felony beyond the end of their sentence or probation and leave the return of those rights to the discretion of the governor or clemency boards, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Reno Gazette

Baltimore County lowers projections on retirement investment earnings
Public pension systems throughout the nation are examining their assumed rates of return, said Ron Snell, a senior fellow at the National Conference of State Legislatures who studies pension issues. Baltimore Sun

Taxpayer protection (editorial)
In recent years, 10 states have passed laws prohibiting people from using welfare money at casinos, liquor stores, strip clubs or on other goods or activities for which it isn't intended. The National Conference of State Legislatures says 14 other states are considering such a law. Las Vegas Review Journal

A politician who did what was right (opinion)
In 2011 and 2012, more than 30 states considered Republican-initiated legislation to institute or strengthen voter identification laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Daily Star

War of words on the ballot (opinion)
In nearly one-third of those states, ballot titles are submitted by the proponents of the measures, according to figures from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Blue Springs Examiner

Welfare restrictions coming to Mississippi
"We're hoping the federal government will give the state flexibility so we can do this in the most cost effective manner that we can," said director of human services policy at the National Conference of State Legislatures, Sheri Steisel. WTOK-TV ABC Mississippi

Battle over online sales tax
Neal Osten with the National Conference Of State Legislatures says that's costing states $23-billion this year. "Look at California. California has a great deal of problems. This would mean $4.1 billion in revenue for California, that they don't have right now. That could mean more teachers, police, more firemen." ABC Fresno, CA

Election 2012: Understanding your voting rights
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 33 states have considered new laws involving photo identification for voting. Marietta Daily Journal

July 10

Oklahoma leaders still mulling federal health care
Oklahoma is not alone among states that have taken little, if any, action to comply with the new law, said Dick Cauchi, program director in health for the National Conference of State Legislatures. Oklahoma is one of 20 states that passed some kind of statutory or constitutional provision opposing the new law, with nearly 65 percent of Oklahomans voting in 2010 for a constitutional amendment prohibiting the forced participation in a health care system. San Francisco Chronicle/AP

Texas says voter ID law needed to combat election fraud
Thirty states have laws requiring voters to show at least some type of identification to vote in November, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. MSNBC/Reuters

Court gives states ammunition in health care battle
"States are not going to stand passively by and allow the federal government to pass detrimental legislation," says Susan Frederick, federal affairs counsel for the National Conference of State Legislatures. She added: "What we can take away from the Affordable Care Act litigation is that states are no longer afraid to challenge federal legislation." NPR

New state laws ban drinking, smoking, gambling on welfare cash
This year, 28 states also proposed legislation requiring welfare recipients to undergo drug testing, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Desert News

Councilwoman Scott: new recall proposal is unrealistic
According to the "National Conference of State Legislatures," (www.ncsl.org), Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin base state recall petitions on a percentage of the votes cast in the last election for the official being recalled. Chattanoogan

Questions on ballots draw fire
In nearly one-third of those states, ballot titles are submitted by the proponents of the measures, according to figures from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Columbia Daily Tribune/AP

Welfare cash rules difficult to enforce
The National Conference of State Legislatures says 10 states have passed such laws and 14 others are considering them, USA Today reported. UPI

Election 2012: understanding your voting rights
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 33 states have considered new laws involving photo identification for voting. Marietta Daily Journal 

July 9

States, Congress rallying for an e-sales tax
For states struggling in the troubled economy, this could mean $23 billion in new revenue each year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Washington Post

States restrict welfare purchases
Ten states have passed such laws and at least 14 are considering them, the National Conference of State Legislatures says. USA Today

Texas voter ID fight returning to federal court
While the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks voter ID laws, reports there is little evidence to bolster claims of voter fraud or discrimination, Abbott cites 50 election fraud convictions in Texas and more than 100 defendants prosecuted by the Department of Justice in the past decade. Houston Chronicle

California Senate passes 'anti-Arizona' bill to limit federal detainers on illegal immigrants
No other states have legislation similar to what is now being considered in California, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. KETK East Texas NBC

Analysis: 2012 statehouse turnover
The National Conference of State Legislatures is predicting half or more of state lawmakers around the country will have little experience after this fall’s elections. GPB News

Trial set to begin today in Texas’ battle with feds over state Voter ID law
While the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks voter ID laws, reports there is little evidence to bolster claims of voter fraud or discrimination, Abbott cites 50 election fraud convictions in Texas and more than 100 defendants prosecuted by the Department of Justice in the past decade. MySanAntonio.com

Effort to force online sites
For states struggling in the economy, this could mean $23 billion in new revenue each year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Herald Tribune

Taxes for online shopping gaining support in states, congress
For states struggling in the troubled economy, this could mean $23 billion in new revenue each year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Oregonian

Taxes on health professionals targeted in Medicaid reform bill
The National Conference of State Legislatures reported in February that in fiscal 2011, “the number of states with some type of Medicaid-related provider taxes has increased to 46 states” plus the District of Columbia. AMA News

As Texas voter ID law heads to hearing, other states trying to get approval for their measures
Jennie Bowser, a senior fellow and voter ID expert at the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures, said that all the states with new voter ID laws are controlled by Republicans — with the exception of Rhode Island, which has a Democratic Legislature and an independent governor. Austin American-Statesman

Politics surround Mo. ballot measures
In nearly one-third of those states, ballot titles are submitted by the proponents of the measures, according to figures from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Jefferson City News Tribune

Foes of voter ID laws find ways to mute their impact
The momentum, at least, seems to be on Republicans' side. Georgia was among the first states to pass a voter-ID law in 2006. Now, 30 states have some version on the books, varying in degree, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. National Journal

State leaders now facing health care deadlines
Oklahoma is not alone among states that have taken little, if any, action to comply with the new law, said Dick Cauchi, program director in health for the National Conference of State Legislatures. Enid News & Eagle

Vote 2012: What to expect if the voter ID amendment is passed
Thirty states have laws in place requiring voters to show an ID at the polls, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Two other states have passed such laws, but they are not currently in effect. Pioneer Press

Beware of the recall backfire (Opinion)
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there have been 38 recall elections in American history; 15 of them have occurred in one state (Wisconsin) in the span of one year. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

California Senate passes 'anti-Arizona' bill to limit federal detainers on illegal immigrants
No other states have legislation similar to what is now being considered in California, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. CNN

750,000 in Pa. may be forced to sit out election
At the start of 2011, as legislatures elected in November 2010 took their seats, only Georgia and Indiana required a photo ID to vote, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver. Boston Globe

July 5

Republican governor of Michigan rejects voter ID bills
“Voter ID falls on very stark partisan lines, and there are very few exceptions to that,” said Jennie Bowser at the National Conference of State Legislatures. “It’s unusual and notable when somebody crosses it.”  New York Times

Government labor unions give ground in California as budgets are squeezed
Todd Haggerty, a fiscal policy analyst with the conference, said it's difficult to get a fix on exactly how many states are using furloughs. Some are selectively furloughing department by department.  "But with that said, states in general are moving away from furloughs as they make a slow, steady climb out of the Great Recession in 2008," Haggerty said.  Sacramento Bee

Court ruling could let states cut Medicaid rolls; more states weigh opting out of expansion
"Usually, anything that involves as much money as Medicaid, the governor isn't able to just make independent decisions," said Joy Johnson Wilson, health policy director for the National Conference of State Legislatures. "Different states have different procedures and all, but it matters how it affects the state budget."  Kaiser Health News

ID law could impact 10 percent of Pennsylvania voters
Measures are still pending in Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Ohio, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  The Washington Times

Analysis: 2012 statehouse turnover
The National Conference of State Legislatures is predicting half or more of state lawmakers around the country will have little experience after this fall’s elections. Legislative turnover tends to be higher in election years after the once-a-decade redistricting process, according to the analysis.  GPB News

A year later, 'Caylee's Law' a reality in many states
Other states to pass similar legislation include Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Wisconsin, and Kansas, with lawmakers in dozens of states filling similar bills, according to National Conference of State Legislatures.  Wave 3

Missouri election season arrives without ethics law
Missouri also remains one of only four states with no limits on campaign contributions, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  St. Louis Post-Dispatch

As tanning beds hit blacklist team Rumbel announces campaign to reverse sun damage
Currently California is the only state that bans the use of tanning beds for all minors under the age of 18. The National Conference of State Legislatures stated that right now at least 31 states restrict some minors from using tanning beds.  Yahoo! News

July 3

In Pennsylvania, no rush to change reporting laws
In 2012 legislative sessions, about 105 bills on abuse reporting have been introduced in 30 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Oregon, South Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia are among those that expanded the list of professionals who are legally bound to report suspected abuse.  Sacramento Bee

Federal judge blocks Mississippi abortion clinic law
The National Conference of State Legislatures in February published a checklist of those laws. Most of these state laws do not purport to ban abortion, but rather exercise the normal policing power which has been exercised by state governments since before the Constitution.  The New American

25 states propose new bank foreclosure regulation
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, this foreclosure news involves 25 states currently working on various types of legislation to regulate the processes by which banks are able to initiate or follow through with home foreclosures.  Go Banking Rates

Florida shatters the code of silence
Forty-eight states require at least some professionals to immediately report knowledge or suspicion of child abuse, reports the national Conference of State Legislatures.  Florida Times-Union

SCOTUS upholds key provisions of Obamacare
It also established national high-risk pools that people with such conditions could join sooner to get health insurance. As of April, a total of only about 67,000 people were enrolled in federally-funded pools established by the health care law, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  FOX 42 News

July 2

State legislatures' aging staffs spur college recruitment campaign
With a recent survey showing that very few state legislative staff leaders are under the age of 45, NCSL has launched a campaign to interest college students and recent grads in taking jobs with state legislative staffs. As part of that campaign, which emphasizes public service and being a part of "history," NCSL launched a website this week aimed at recruitment.  Huffington Post

Banks face foreclosure regulation by states
Nationwide, 25 states have bills contemplating changes to various laws governing the foreclosure process, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Wall Street Journal

Autism forum aims to unite parents, insurers
Alaska recently became the latest state to join that fold, while Delaware appears poised to follow suit, the group said. Other coverage states include neighboring Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Virginia, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Charleston Gazette/AP

Former lawmakers cash in playing revolving door game
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Ocean State is one of 35 states that forces lawmakers to wait a certain period of time before they can become lobbyists. In most cases, the wait is one year. GoLocal Prov

Goodman: Big money wins in the big skies of Montana
According to a summary of the ruling’s impact, prepared by the National Conference of State Legislatures, “While the ruling does not directly affect state laws, there are 24 states that currently prohibit or restrict corporate and/or union spending on candidate elections.”  Opinion in the St. Augustine Record

Move past politics on health reform
The writer represents Legislative District 7 in downtown and South Omaha in the Nebraska Legislature. He recently served as chairman of the Health Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Opinion in the Omaha World Herald

25 states considering revisions to foreclosure process
The National Conference of State legislatures is reporting that half of the states in the U.S. are considering changes to laws regulating the steps that lenders must take before foreclosing.  Nonprofit Quarterly

How to break the immigration policy impasse: Court of last resort?
Some five states — Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina, and Utah — crafted omnibus laws in 2011, following the lead of Arizona in 2010 that the National Conference of State Legislatures describes as follows.  Center for Immigration Studies

Citizens United faces real fight
According to a summary of the ruling's impact, prepared by the National Conference of State Legislatures, “While the ruling does not directly affect state laws.  Albuquerque Journal

Ramsey says state has time to create health care exchange
Health insurance exchanges are, for most states, new entities that will function as a marketplace for buyers of health insurance and give them choices for health coverage, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Kingsport Times News

Challenge likely on health insurance mandate
At least 20 states have passed binding legislation opposing broad elements of health care reform, the National Conference of State Legislatures says, and several -- including Pennsylvania -- likely will not expand Medicaid since the U.S. Supreme Court removed the threat of federal penalties, analysts said.  Insurance News Net

Pa. advocates say don't rush into toughening laws on reporting child sex abuse
In 2012 legislative sessions, about 105 bills on abuse reporting have been introduced in 30 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Philadelphia Daily News

Rethinking “tough on crime”
Of the 24 states that passed three-strikes laws in the early 1990s, at least 16 have since modified them to give judges more discretion in sentencing or narrow the types of crimes that count as a “strike,” according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Salon

Lou Cannon: Supreme Court gives states wiggle room on Medicaid, immigration
Even without the PPACA, Medicaid has been “overwhelming state budgets,” observes Melissa Hansen, an expert on health-care issues with the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures.  Opinion in Noozhawk

Major improvements in child service workers
“The rate of burnout and turnover among CPS workers is alarmingly high, resulting in a workforce that is chronically inexperienced and under-trained,” notes the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Opinion in the Lancaster Eagle Gazette

Frustrated states test boundaries of immigration laws
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, five states have passed “omnibus” laws similar to the Arizona law, which was approved in 2010.  The Oklahoman

Lawmakers promise review of CON process next session
As of last year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 15 states had done away with CON laws altogether. Wisconsin was the last, eliminating its version in 2011.  Mississippi Business Journal

In marriage amendment vote, a focus on the future
38 states prohibit same-sex marriage, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Twenty-nine of those have the language in their constitutions (26 of those also have it in statute). Nine have it only in statute.  Pioneer Press

GOP: Vote your own party
Alabama is one of 11 states with an open primary system, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Another 11 states have closed primaries like the Republican Executive Committee is seeking.  Times Daily

 

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