NCSL in the News | July 2018

7/2/2018

July 31

Legislative Summit Begins at LA Convention Center
The Beverly Hills Courier
The four-day National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit is scheduled to begin Monday at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Voting systems in Wisconsin, a key swing state, vulnerable to hackers, security experts say
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
She favors a statistically based protocol known as a “risk-limiting audit,” which involves counting a small sample of ballots. It is recommended by the Senate Intelligence Committee and has recently become a requirement in Colorado, Rhode Island and Virginia, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Trump administration approves Maine’s request to shore up Obamacare exchange
Washington Examiner
The other states to get approval are Minnesota, Alaska, Oregon, and Hawaii, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Florida schools have third lowest bullying-incidence rate in nation, according to analysis
WPLG Local 10
Analysts used data from several government agencies including the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Center for Educational Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

July 30

What you need to know about 'stand your ground' laws
CNN
While most states provide some form of legal protection in cases of self-defense, 25 have enacted "stand your ground" laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). The laws in at least 10 of these states, mostly in the South, literally say that you can "stand [your] ground. 

Legislative Summit Set to Begin Monday at Convention Center
MyNewsLA.com
The four-day National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit is scheduled to begin Monday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Monday’s general session is titled “State Networking Event and CEO Forum.”

Oregon state senator seeks national support for legal pot in Los Angeles
Statesmen Journal
Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Portland, leaves Sunday to attend this year's legislative summit of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

What you need to know about 'stand your ground' laws
KEYT
While most states provide some form of legal protection in cases of self-defense, 25 have enacted "stand your ground" laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

July 27

No, private schools aren’t better at educating kids than public schools. Why this new study matters.
Washington Post
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 27 states and the District of Columbia have policies allowing public money to be used for private education through school vouchers, scholarship tax credits and education savings grants.

American Water’s Stanford Set To Participate at NCSL 2018 Legislative Summit
MarketWatch
“We are excited to have Dr. Ben Stanford and American Water present at this year’s National Conference of State Legislatures’ Legislative Summit,” said Doug Farquhar, environment program director, NCSL “As an industry leader, American Water is able to provide our members with valuable information and a unique perspective to help them better understand emerging water quality issues.”
 
 

Two breastfeeding moms asked to leave Minnesota pool because others were ‘uncomfortable’
CBS
All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have laws that specifically allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location, according to research by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Third-party groups make presence felt in Alaska election
KTUU
The National Conference of State Legislatures says Alaska's $500 individual contribution cap for gubernatorial races is the lowest in the nation.

July 26

Family of man gunned down in 'stand your ground' parking-lot dispute wants shooter charged
NBCNews.com
At least 24 states have some form of law where there is no duty to retreat from an attacker, and at least nine of those states use the "stand your ground"-style language," according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

New Hampshire Pushes Back Against Supreme Court Ruling On Online Sales Tax
WUWM
BOOKMAN: At the Statehouse, lawmakers are scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill that would essentially create a series of hurdles. The proposed legislation calls for outside tax authorities to first register with the New Hampshire attorney general, pay a fee and then prove its sales tax is constitutional. Max Behlke is with the National Conference of State Legislatures, which - along with the 45 sales-tax states - supports the Supreme Court's ruling. He says it levels the playing field.

MAX BEHLKE: Regardless of where you're located in the country, regardless of where you're selling to, everybody should have to play by the same rules whether that's regulations or taxes or whatever they need to be.

Third-party groups make presence felt in Alaska election
Auburn Citizen
The state caps how much an individual can contribute to a candidate's official campaign. Alaska's $500 individual cap for gubernatorial races is the lowest in the nation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Study: Aggressive renewable energy standards spur solar, wind investments
KSL
Utah has a renewable energy goal of 25 percent by 2025, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Two moms scolded, asked to leave for breastfeeding at Minnesota pool
CW33 Dallas
All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have laws that specifically allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location, according to research by the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

DOC Says No To Medical Marijuana In Prisons
News 9
According the National Conference of State Legislatures, there are currently 31 states that allow medical marijuana.

July 25

Lots of Bluster, No Answers at Congressional Digital Tax Hearing
Bloomberg BNA
But Utah state Sen. Curtis Bramble (R), former president of the National Conference of State Legislatures, said states have no interest in pursuing back taxes.

Lawmakers advised to 'do nothing' on high court's online sales tax decision
Bond Buyer
Curt Bramble, past president of the National Conference of State Legislatures and a member of the Utah State Senate, said at a hearing held by the committee that the time for Congress to act was prior to the high court's June 21 decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc.

Walmart drug program cheaper for many Medicare patients
NBC News
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 22 states have some kind of gag rule legislation.

2 moms were scolded for breastfeeding at a pool. More than a dozen others joined them in protest
CNN
All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have laws that specifically allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location, according to research by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Can pharmacists deny medications in Arizona? It depends
AZ Central
Several states have similar refusal laws, while other states specifically prohibit pharmacists from denying medications on moral grounds alone, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Public health strategies, ACEs, and much more to learn
The Claremore Daily Progress
The meeting was sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures, and is the third such specialized session they’ve sponsored that I’ve been able to (gratefully) attend.

July 24

Will Mississippi take a chance on a lottery?
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
Mississippi is one of six states without a lottery, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The others are Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah.

Partridge Creek restaurant apologizes to woman over breastfeeding incident
Macomb Daily
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 49 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have laws that allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location.

5 cannabis measures heading to November ballot in El Dorado County
Sierra Sun
The National Conference of State Legislatures, reports medicinal cannabis is prohibited in four states as of June 2018, while 46 allow medicinal use of cannabis-related products or have pending laws that will allow it.

July 23

House Judiciary Committee to Consider Wayfair Decision Impact
The National Law Review
The Honorable Curt Bramble, National Conference of State Legislatures Past President

The front-runner of the liberal District 24 race promises she would cross party lines if elected
Salt Lake Tribune
Currently, women make up 19.2 percent of the Utah Legislature and 25.4 percent of all state legislators nationwide, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  
What protections do seniors have when an estate sale goes wrong? Not many.
De Moines Register
During the 2017 legislative season, 39 states and the District of Columbia introduced some sort of legislation addressing the exploitation of elderly and vulnerable adults, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

5 cannabis measures heading to November ballot in El Dorado County
Tahoe Daily Tribune
The National Conference of State Legislatures, reports medicinal cannabis is prohibited in four states as of June 2018, while 46 allow medicinal use of cannabis-related products or have pending laws that will allow it.

As runoffs approach, groups seek changes in state election system
Enid News & Eagle
According to a 2017 count by the National Conference of State Legislatures, Oklahoma is one of just seven states to require candidates to win a majority of their parties’ voters to move directly to the general election.

State hopes to increase access to early childhood education
KRQE News 13
The committee will team up with the National Conference of State Legislatures and The Kellogg Foundation to explore funding options.

You can't pass too close to bicycles in Fishers now
WRTV Indianapolis
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the states with no passing laws are: Alaska, Hawaii, North Dakota, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Idaho, Texas and New Mexico. 

July 20

Lawmakers Debate Ways to Expand Early Childhood Education
U.S. News & World Report
Early childhood education experts from the National Conference of State Legislatures or funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation used research, stories and data to show New Mexico lawmakers how pre-kindergarten programs will help children escape poverty.

Legislative Finance Committee Meets in Los Alamos
Los Alamos Daily Post
The Committee was slated to reconvene in Santa Fe today for a joint workshop with the Legislative Education Study Committee sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on strengthening New Mexico’s early childhood education and care system.

Cordray: DeWine is ‘squishy’ on union issues
Dayton Daily News
As of 2017, 28 states had such laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures — including Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky.

National Governors Association conference: The corporate connection
Santa Fe New Mexican 
Public Citizen surveyed a range of groups for its report, from the National Conference of State Legislatures to the Council of State Governments and the National Association of Secretaries of State.

Pre-K expansion back on agenda for key New Mexico panel
The State
Lawmakers who help to set spending priorities for New Mexico each year will team up with the National Conference of State Legislatures and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation at a special legislative hearing on Thursday in Santa Fe.

Kresha named NCSL Child Welfare Fellow
Brainer Dispatch
Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, was recently selected to participate in the National Conference of State Legislatures Child Welfare Fellows Program.

July 19

Amid Immigration Debate, New Mexico Seeks More Oversight of Private Detention Centers
Governing
Ann Morse, director of the immigrant policy project at the National Conference of State Legislatures, did attend. She said state legislators nationwide are having to make immigration-related policy decisions because of outdated federal immigration laws.

Most Americans want to make it easier — not harder — to vote
The Columbian
Seventeen states plus the District of Columbia offer same-day registration and voting, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Twelve states plus D.C. have enacted automatic registration.

When the Government Knows What’s Best For You
The Times Record
Between 2008 and 2014, at least 19 states considered 55 measures related to mileage- based fees, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Constant new efforts to keep the Internet from being free and open
American Spectator
After current FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to overturn Wheeler’s rules, Democratic-majority state legislatures went into overdrive, with 29 states introducing bills with various plans to restore the old federal rules, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

With Low Turnout, Should Oklahoma Kill The Primary Runoff?
KGOU
According to a 2017 count by the National Conference of State Legislatures, Oklahoma is one of just seven states to require candidates to win a majority of their parties’ voters to move directly to the general election.

July 18

Most Americans want to make it easier — not harder — to vote
The Washington Post
Seventeen states plus the District of Columbia offer same-day registration and voting, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Clarence Page: Obama re-enters the political picture
Lincoln Journal Star
The Democratic Party has lost a net of 13 governorships and 816 state legislative seats since Obama took office, the most of any president since Dwight Eisenhower, according to a report from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

New Mexico joins private prison debate
Albuquerque Journal
Ann Morse, director of the immigrant policy project at the National Conference of State Legislatures, did attend. She said state legislators nationwide are having to make immigration-related policy decisions because of outdated federal immigration laws.

Utah Officials Considering Tax Credit To Combat ‘Intergenerational Poverty’
KUNC
Rich Williams works with the National Council of State Legislatures. He said these state programs are meant to supplement federal tax credits for low-income Americans. Individuals could claim 10 percent of what they get back in the federal earned income tax credit.

With Low Turnout, Should Oklahoma Kill the Primary Runoff?
Oklahoma Watch
According to a 2017 count by the National Conference of State Legislatures, Oklahoma is one of just seven states to require candidates to win a majority of their parties’ voters to move directly to the general election.

Legislators hold hearing, hear public comments on private prisons that hold immigrants
New Mexico Political Report
Ann Morse, the Federal Affairs Counsel and Director of the Immigrant Policy Project at the non-partisan National Conference of State Legislatures, noted that the federal government has the jurisdiction over immigration enforcement, but there have been no major changes to the policy on legal and unauthorized immigration since 1986.

July 17

Did the DOJ doom Comcast’s Fox bid?
Politico
Pro subscribers can check out a visual representation of the data, courtesy of the National Conference of State Legislatures, here.

Crackdown prompts question: Does Minnesota go easy on speeders?
Minnesota Star-Tribune
The survey used data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to examine whether states have laws prohibiting highway racing, the effect that speeding tickets have on license suspensions, the jail time for multiple speeding offenses and insurance costs for drivers who get speeding tickets.

Jensen: When the government knows what's best for you
Casper Star-Tribune
Between 2008 and 2014, at least 19 states considered 55 measures related to mileage-based fees, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Vermont and Washington enacted bills to study per-mile fees in 2012.

As Democrats seek a comeback, Obama finds a new role
Telegraph Herald
NCSL Information Cited.

When it comes to privacy, California is out front. Will the rest of the country follow?
CIO Dive
The Golden State's move is "leading the resistance," Hanzlick said. Hertzberg intends to discuss the momentum of the bill at the National Conference of State Legislatures at the end of the month.

July 16

Crackdown prompts question: Does Minnesota go easy on speeders?
Minnesota Star-Tribune
The survey used data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to examine whether states have laws prohibiting highway racing, the effect that speeding tickets have on license suspensions, the jail time for multiple speeding offenses and insurance costs for drivers who get speeding tickets.

Once you vote for somebody in Jersey, it's pretty hard to kick em out. Still, brave souls try.
NJ.com
Recalls of state officials are permitted in 19 states and the District of Columbia. And the recall of local officials are allowed in at least 29 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

As Dems seek a comeback, Obama finds a new role
Chicago Tribune
The Democratic Party has lost a net of 13 governorships and 816 state legislative seats since Obama took office, the most of any president since Dwight Eisenhower, according to a report from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

NJ Politics Digest: State Moving Toward Online Voter Registration
Observer
So far, 37 others states and the District of Columbia have either adopted or are moving toward online registration, the report said, citing statistics from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

VERIFY: Is it now illegal to smoke in cars nationwide with minors present?
WUSA 9
So the Verify researchers went to the National Conference of State Legislatures for answers and found eight states including Virginia, indeed do have local legislation prohibiting smoking of cigarettes, cigars or pipes in vehicles with minors from under 8 years old up to age 17.

July 13

Guns chill free speech, UT Austin professors will argue at federal appeals court
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas is one of 10 states that allow campus carry, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Legislators meet in Aiken for national nuclear, SRS workshop
Aiken Standard
About a dozen state representatives – from South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming – and a handful of state senators attended a workshop hosted by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Projecting Native voices: overcoming voting obstacles
Muscogee Nation News
In an online article by the National Conference of State Legislatures, some potential challenges for implementing preregistration are: cost, with Colorado spending over $570,000; identification, since some minors do not have driver’s licenses; and confidentiality of minors’ information on public lists.

Mike Tighe: Quit kicking the (waste) can down road
La Crosse Tribune
Now, 10 states and Guam have deposit-refund programs for beverage containers, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Appeal moves Texas campus carry back into court
Weatherford Democrat
Sixteen states ban carrying a concealed weapon on a college campus, while 23 states leave the decision up to individual colleges or universities, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Want to register to vote online? New Jersey is moving to make that happen
North Jersey
The state wouldn’t be a trailblazer if this bill is enacted as 37 others states and the District of Columbia already offer or passed legislation to start online voter registration systems, according to research by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

July 12

Health Highlights: July 11, 2018
U.S. News & World Report
In addition to federal measures, at least 28 states have limits on opioid prescriptions, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, and other states have prescription drug monitoring programs to detect health care providers writing too many opioid prescriptions, NBC News reported.

Driverless-car makers want Congress to free them from state safety standards
Los Angeles Times
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 29 states and Washington have enacted legislation related to driverless cars.

Event announcement: Webinar on gerrymandering
SCOTUS Blog
On July 18 at 1 p.m. EST, the National Conference of State Legislatures will host a webinar entitled, “Partisanship and Redistricting: What the Supreme Court Has to Say.”

Appeal moves Texas campus carry back into court
Athens Daily Review
Sixteen states ban carrying a concealed weapon on a college campus, while 23 states leave the decision up to individual colleges or universities, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Guns Chill Free Speech, UT-Austin Professors Will Argue At Federal Appeals Court
Houston Public Radio
Texas is one of 10 states that allow campus carry, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

July 11

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America’s 10 worst states to live in
CNBC
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the state lacks protections against discrimination for LGBT people, as well as discrimination laws related to employment, including protections for age and marital status.

Pain patients beg FDA for more options, easier access to opioids
NBC News
At least 28 states have some limits on opioid prescriptions, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Seventeen limit prescriptions to three to 14 days.

A dig through Kavanaugh’s record on education finds plenty of material
Politico
The Council of Chief State School Officers, the Education Commission of the States, the National Association of State Boards of Education, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Governors Association are also part of the coalition.

Sexual harassment committee starts work at Colorado Capitol
Colorado Gazette
California has led the way on the issue, said Jonathan Griffin, a policy analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures.

At state level, GOP renews push to require ‘supermajorities’ for tax hikes
Longview News-Journal
At least 14 states already have supermajority tax requirements, according to a 2017 tally by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Congress not expected to act as Supreme Court sales tax ruling complicates business for online retailers
Watchdog
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) called the decision a victory for traditional retailers.

Absentee voter, registration updates appear headed for Nov. 6 ballot
Monroe Evening News
In 37 states, any qualified voter may vote in person during a designated period prior to Election Day without needing an excuse or justification, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Arizona Firefighters' Age Discrimination Case
KJZZ
"Small public sector employers are particularly vulnerable, sometimes operating with only a handful of staff,'' wrote Attorney Collin O. Udell, who represents, among others, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

July 10

Under-the-Radar Races Could Upend Power in State Capitols
Bloomberg Government
Republicans currently hold 56.8 percent of all state legislative seats, and they command majorities in 65 chambers, compared to 31 for Democrats, according to data maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures..

With 36 governorships up for grabs in midterm elections, Republicans have most to lose
CNBC
And Republicans had outright control of 24 state legislatures at the start of 2018, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Sexual harassment committee starts work at Colorado Capitol
Colorado Springs Gazette
California has led the way on the issue, said Jonathan Griffin, a policy analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures. Months ago, California set up a similar legislative group, Griffin told the Colorado panel. The result was a “workplace conduct unit,” an independent investigatory group to receive, investigate and assess complaints. California also adopted a training program, a “strong statement denouncing retaliation,” as well as civil and criminal liabilities for those found to have harassed or retaliated against those who make a claim related to the Legislature, Griffin said.

Half of Minnesota’s U.S. House races are competitive this year — do we have the courts to thank?
MinnPost
Those commissions are not all the same. Some are still just as partisan as the legislature would be,” said Wendy Underhill, director of the elections and redistricting team at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

At state level, GOP renews push to require 'supermajorities' for tax hikes
SFGate
At least 14 states already have supermajority tax requirements, according to a 2017 tally by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Lawmakers approve bill helping consumers access cheaper prescription drugs
Delaware First Media
Laws prohibiting these so-called “gag clauses” have been enacted in nearly half the states in the union, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Are states winning the marijuana tug-of-war?
Olean Times Herald
The bill is endorsed by more than a dozen organizations, including the Massachusetts Bankers Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Regulations Trail Autonomous Vehicles
Semi Engineering
It did encourage states to consider legislation and policies governing autonomous cars, and to work together to make those rules consistent but not restrictive, using a National Conference of State Legislatures database of traffic laws to identify patterns.

July 9

California’s net neutrality bill is back and as tough as ever
Information Cited by NCSL.
 
Lawmakers approve bill helping consumers access cheaper prescription drugs
Laws prohibiting these so-called “gag clauses” have been enacted in nearly half the states in the union, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Signatures submitted for measure barring noncitizen voting
The National Conference of State Legislatures says some states allow noncitizens to vote in local elections, but no state allows noncitizen voting in statewide elections.
 
Arkansas Senate looking to video stream sessions, panel meetings
The Arkansas Senate is one of eight in the country -- including neighboring Missouri -- that don't provide video webcasts of their sessions in chambers, though they provide live audio, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures' website.
 
North Dakota measure would bar noncitizen voting
The National Conference of State Legislatures says some states allow noncitizens to vote in local elections, but no state allows noncitizen voting in statewide elections.
 

July 6


California's net neutrality bill is back, and as tough as ever
Washington Post
California is not the only state to pursue its own version of the FCC’s net neutrality rules. As many as 29 states have introduced bills aimed at restoring the federal level regulations on Internet providers, according to the National Conference on State Legislatures. Of those, three states have signed a bill into law: Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

Utah police seized $2.2M in cash under civil forfeiture law
Midland Reporter-Telegram
Civil asset forfeiture laws in states across the country have been criticized by civil liberties advocates who say they can be abused by police to shake down suspected criminals without having to file charges. Three states —North Carolina, New Mexico and Nebraska — outlaw civil asset forfeiture entirely and 11 require a criminal conviction for forfeiture proceedings to begin, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Arkansas Senate looking to video stream sessions, panel meetings
Arkansas Online
The Arkansas Senate is one of eight in the country -- including neighboring Missouri -- that don't provide video webcasts of their sessions in chambers, though they provide live audio, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures' website.

Trump Inspires More Women Candidates In Hawaii
Honolulu Civil Beat
While just over half of the country’s population is female, women make up about a fifth of Congress and 29 percent of the Hawaii Legislature, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Editorial: Taxpayers win with court's close vote on online sales
Bloomington Pantagraph
But the Illinois Department of Revenue estimates that uncollected sales tax from e-commerce transactions cost the state $212 million in 2013. The National Council of State Legislatures estimated that states lost an estimated $23.3 billion in 2012 as a result of being unable to collect sales tax on online and catalog purchases.

July 5

States Urged to Proceed With Caution After 'Wayfair'
Bloomberg
A week after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a major barrier to the collection of sales taxes from remote sellers, the question remains: How will states respond? Legislators and other panelists at a recent meeting of the Task Force on State and Local Taxation, created by the National Conference of State Legislatures, urged states to proceed with caution and to look carefully at their current laws. Bloomberg Law’s Brenna Goth discusses next steps with Nancy Lyons in the Bloomberg 99.1 Washington newsroom.

New Jersey Resumes Tax Breaks for Film Companies
Wall Street Journal
Some states have pulled back from film and television incentives in recent years. As of January, 31 states were offering such tax credits, down from 44 states in 2009, according to the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures.

Remote Sellers Must Now Collect and Pay State Sales Taxes
The National Law Review
State Implementation Timeline. For businesses that are affected by Wayfair a common concern is timing. The National Conference of State Legislatures’ State and Local Tax Task Force has suggested that states provide a grace period, until January 2019, for strictly enforced compliance. This is in line with the way states often implement significant shifts in policy, such as new withholding tax obligations, which require extensive administrative adjustments by taxpayers. However, some states are already on record imposing strict, immediate compliance deadlines. For example, Vermont has a July 1 effective date on its new nexus statute and has confirmed that it does not intend to offer an administrative grace period for taxpayers.

July 3

Special interests use California ballot to flex muscle 
Miami Herald
California is the largest of 24 states that let residents pass laws through ballot initiatives, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. It's not the only place where corporations have used ballot measures to exert pressure on government.

Court upholds 20-day cutoff for voter registration 
Eagle-Tribune
Only 17 states — including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia — allow same-day registration, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In several cases conservative groups have contested the arrangements, saying they open the door to voter fraud.

How a Blind Spot in NH's Juvenile Justice System Keeps Some Kids From Getting Help 
New Hampshire Public Radio
(NCSL Info. Cited) 

Cedar Rapids Mayor Applauds City's New Cannabis Manufacturer 
Iowa Public Radio
Some patients and industry advocates want Iowa lawmakers to loosen restrictions on who can use and produce the drug. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 31 states have "comprehensive" medical marijuana programs, while 16 have "low THC" programs, including Iowa.

July 2

More Women Than Men: State Legislatures Could Shift for the First Time
New York Times
(NCSL Info. Cited) A record number of women won Nevada’s primaries in June. And there is now a possibility for the Legislature to have more women than men, which would be a first in United States history. Of the states that have had primaries so far, at least eight more have a shot at reaching or surpassing the 50 percent mark in November.

New Jersey on the Brink of a Shutdown 
New York Times
While 2017 was marked by budget standoffs in statehouses around the country, New Jersey is an outlier this year as the last state in the country that hadn’t reached some sort of a budget agreement by the fiscal deadline, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

New Website Allows Washington State Residents to Research Health-Care Costs 
Route Fifty
As of December 2016, at least 18 states had enacted all-payer claims databases, or APCDs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Sixteen are currently operational, and more than a dozen other states have since considered similar laws or programs.

Officials push to undo law that allows people to vote twice
The Sun Herald
The National Conference of State Legislatures says Delaware is just one of three states that allows cities and towns the authority to let nonresident property owners vote in local elections.

State Dems push back on immigration hard line 
Northwest Herald
Illinois is not alone. State-level legislation related to immigration increased 110 percent during Trump’s first year in office, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Many directly dealt with immigrant and refugee rights as well as with compliance with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

New Vermont law increases protection from sexual harassment 
Jacksonville Journal-Courier
Twenty states have introduced or enacted legislation on the issue this year, and that trend is expected to continue, said Suzanne Hultin of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Much of the legislation deals with the use of nondisclosure agreements in sexual harassment settlements.

Many feel America is in real danger of losing its democracy 
NJ.com
New Jersey wouldn't be alone in going the digital route. Arizona began the trend in 2002, and by last December, 37 states and the District of Columbia had signed on, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.