NCSL in the News | May 2018

5/1/2018

May 31

New York poised to ban anyone younger than 18 from tanning salons
Newsday
Fifteen states and the District of Columbia already ban minors from indoor tanning facilities, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Plastic cutlery, plates and straws could be banned in the EU
ABC News
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 73 bills relating to the use of plastic bags in retail settings were introduced in state legislatures across the country during the 2017-2018 session.

The 3 transgender cases in courts this last week
PBS Newshour
As of July of last year, the National Council of State Legislatures, which tracks so-called “bathroom bills,” said 16 states have “considered legislation that would restrict access to multi-user restrooms, locker rooms, and other sex-segregated facilities” by sex. 

Mandatory paid sick leave takes next step toward Michigan ballot
Detroit Free Press
Since 2015, Michigan has prohibited local governments from requiring that businesses provide earned leave time and other benefits. The Time to Care petition comes two years after a similar ballot initiative did not meet the signature threshold to qualify. Should it pass this year, Michigan would be the 11th state to adopt mandatory paid sick leave, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

How blockchain could improve election transparency
Brookings Institution
The National Conference of State Legislatures describes several considerations for adopting electronic transmission of ballots, including privacy, security of the election process, security of the voter’s computer, denial of service attack, voter coercion, auditability, authentication and inconvenience for the local election official.

Max's law shields young athletes
Portland Tribune
Max's Law meets the three criteria recommended as best practice for concussion legislation per the National Conference of State Legislators.

Off To The Races: Mississippi Elections 2018
Jackson Free Press
The National Council of State Legislatures reports that Mississippi is one of 15 states with an open primary, meaning state law does not require a voter to declare or claim a party affiliation—and can choose which ballot to vote on. 

Commentary: ‘One person, one vote’ at risk if ranked-choice voting is approved
Press Herald
Maine wanted to abandon the plurality system – now used by 40 other states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures – it would have to find an alternative. In short, if you wanted to abandon plurality voting, you had to accept ranked-choice voting.

Efforts underway to get more women in State House
Concord Monitor
But it could be worse: New Hampshire ranks 15th out of the 50 states for highest percentage of women in the Legislature, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

States stumble on internet privacy
Bristol Herald Courier
Two states, Nevada this year and Minnesota in 2017, enacted laws requiring ISPs to keep customers’ information private, unless the customer gives permission to disclose the information, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks legislation.

May 30

Group submits signatures for paid sick leave in Michigan
San Francisco Chronicle
Should it pass this year, Michigan would be the 11th state to adopt mandatory paid sick leave, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

CDC urges states to regulate CBD oil after 52 people got sick off phony products sold in Utah
The Salt Lake Tribune
Nationally, 30 states have legalized some form of medical marijuana and 16 others have laws on CBD-specific medical treatment, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

US Raises Concerns About Illnesses Tied to Synthetic Pot
Memphis Daily News
Nationally, 30 states have legalized some form of medical marijuana and 16 others have laws on CBD-specific medical treatment, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Efforts underway to get more women in State House
Concord Monitor
But it could be worse: New Hampshire ranks 15th out of the 50 states for highest percentage of women in the Legislature, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Like in Kansas, many states' plans to arm teachers face roadblocks
Manhattan Mercury
And 17 states have considered bills to arm school staff since the Parkland shooting, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Plastic cutlery, plates and straws could be banned in the EU
KWBE
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 73 bills relating to the use of plastic bags in retail settings were introduced in state legislatures across the country during the 2017-2018 session.

May 29

State Cybersecurity Centers Aim to Shrink Talent Gap
Wall Street Journal
Cyber organizations in other states have been created through governor’s programs or through university initiatives, according to Pam Greenberg, a senior fellow at the National Conference of State Legislatures, a research organization.

52 people sickened by fake CBD oil in Utah
CBS News
Nationally, 30 states have legalized some form of medical marijuana and 16 others have laws on CBD-specific medical treatment, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Half of 2020 map makers will be decided this cycle
Roll Call
Corrected Quote [Updated 5/25/18 7:00 p.m.] – More than three-fifths of governors deciding new district lines in the 2020 cycle will be elected this year, a new study by the National Conference of State Legislatures found.

CDC urges states to regulate CBD oil after 52 people got sick off phony products sold in Utah
Salt Lake Tribune
Nationally, 30 states have legalized some form of medical marijuana and 16 others have laws on CBD-specific medical treatment, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Plans to arm teachers may face big roadblock
Dayton Daily News
And 17 states have considered bills to arm school staff since the Parkland shooting, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Application Deadline Approaches For Potential Medical Marijuana Manufacturers
Iowa Public Radio
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, other states that have legalized medical marijuana allow access for patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Sickle Cell Disease.

U.S. health officials sound alarm on synthetic pot as illnesses spike
WDJT
Nationally, 30 states have legalized some form of medical marijuana and 16 others have laws on CBD-specific medical treatment, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

May 25

The Midterms Could Have a Big Impact on Redistricting
New York Magazine
More than half of the state elected officials deciding new district lines in 2020 will be elected this year, a new study by the National Conference of State Legislatures found.

N.J. nuclear-power rescue signed into law
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette
The nuclear legislation comes at a time of uncertainty for the industry at large, with six plants across the country closing permanently since 2013, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, and as other states consider rescue packages.
 
N.J. nuclear-power rescue signed into law
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The nuclear legislation comes at a time of uncertainty for the industry at large, with six plants across the country closing permanently since 2013, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, and as other states consider rescue packages.
 
Will big cities adopt a four-day school week?
Fox 32 Chicago
According to the National Conference for State Legislatures, about 550 public school districts in 24 states have implemented a four-day school week – mostly in rural areas.
 

May 24

New Jersey Oks $300M annually to rescue nuclear industry
Washington Post
The nuclear legislation comes at a time of uncertainty for the industry at large, with six plants across the country shuttering permanently since 2013, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, and as other states consider rescue packages. 

NJ nuclear-power rescue signed into law
NWAOnline
The nuclear legislation comes at a time of uncertainty for the industry at large, with six plants across the country closing permanently since 2013, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, and as other states consider rescue packages. 

Fight for open internet moves to the state level
Asheboro Courier-Tribune
Governors in six states have signed executive orders requiring internet providers who sign government contracts to adhere to net neutrality principles, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Veterans Service Organization hosting annual Memorial Day service
Clarkesville Now
Eight states already require some kind of seatbelts on larger school buses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Federal board recommends seatbelts on all new school buses
WREG News Channel 3
Eight states already require some kind of seatbelts on larger school buses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

May 23

Federal board recommends seat belts on all new school buses
Las Vegas Sun
Eight states already require some kind of seat belts on larger school buses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Michigan group turns in petitions for $12 minimum wage
The Monroe News
A National Conference of State Legislatures review shows 14 states have a higher minimum wage than Michigan, with some, including California and New York, slated to enforce a $15 per hour wage in the coming years.

Attorney General scares local hemp farmer
The Tomah Journal
According to the National Council of State Legislatures, 38 states allow farmers to grow hemp.

The feds scrapped their rules for an open internet. Now the fight moves to the state level.
The News & Observer
Governors in six states have signed executive orders requiring internet providers who sign government contracts to adhere to net neutrality principles, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

In-Depth: The Intersection Between Mental Illness & Criminal Justice
New Hampshire Public Radio
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, state legislatures around the country consider policies that address the interplay between people with mental illness and the criminal justice system.  

North Carolina Lawmaker to File Net Neutrality Bill
Government Technology
Governors in six states have signed executive orders requiring Internet providers who sign government contracts to adhere to net neutrality principles, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, eight states require seat belts on large school buses.
NJ.com
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, eight states require seat belts on large school buses.

May 22

Michigan Group Turns in Petitions for $12 Minimum Wage
U.S. News & World Report
Michigan would join seven other states if either its lawmakers or its citizens vote to eliminate the tipped minimum wage. A National Conference of State Legislatures review shows 14 states have a higher minimum wage than Michigan, with some, including California and New York, slated to enforce a $15 per hour wage in the coming years. Fast-food workers have nationally pushed for the $15 goal — one all three Democratic gubernational candidates in Michigan have also embraced — but the ballot committee is not seeking it.

Since Parkland, 14 states have introduced 25 measures to arm teachers and staff. Only 1 has passed
CNN
In the three months since Parkland, 14 states have proposed 25 bills or resolutions related to arming school personnel, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Four Possible Outcomes of Digital Sales Tax ‘Case of Millennium’
Bloomberg BNA
Max Behlke, director of budget and tax for the National Conference of State Legislatures, told Bloomberg Tax that while he thinks this outcome is unlikely, it would create a wave of uncertainty that rapid seller registration would alleviate. “Every state needs to be prepared for a situation like this and follow the guidance of the Streamlined Sales Tax initiative,” Behlke said. “There needs to be call centers, states need to handle this correctly.”

Arizona 'Dreamers' struggle after losing cheaper tuition
Education Week
The National Conference of State Legislatures says 20 states offer in-state tuition to unauthorized immigrants — 16 of them through legislative action in places including California, Kansas and New York.

States Stumble on Internet Privacy
Pew Trusts
Two states, Nevada this year and Minnesota in 2017, enacted laws requiring ISPs to keep customers’ information private, unless the customer gives permission to disclose the information, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks legislation. Minnesota’s goes further, requiring ISPs to get permission before disclosing internet sites visited by online subscribers.

Group submits 373k signatures for $12 Michigan minimum wage ballot initiative
The Detroit News
The $9.25 rate is already the highest wage in the region, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

FCC considers small cell guidelines for states
Fierce Wireless
Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Mexico,  Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington are the 19 states that have enacted small cell laws so far, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

May 21

Financial raid: Some states cut off assistance for DACA students, while others rush to help
NBC News
Sixteen of those states did it through legislation, while four state public education systems have put their own policies in place, according to the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Are Seatbelts Required on School Buses?
The New York Times
Eight states — Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Texas — have passed legislation requiring that seatbelts be installed on school buses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Teachers’ group seeks to stop Oklahoma anti-tax question
The Denver Post
Oklahoma is one of 24 states with procedures for a popular referendum, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

DTE, Consumers boost renewable energy goals
The Detroit News
At least 29 states have renewable energy portfolio standards, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, including some that remain much more aggressive than Michigan’s.

Arizona 'Dreamers' struggle after losing cheaper in-state tuition
Arizona Daily Star
The National Conference of State Legislatures says 20 states offer in-state tuition to unauthorized immigrants — 16 of them through legislative action in places including California, Kansas and New York. In Hawaii, Michigan, Oklahoma and Rhode Island, the lower rate is granted through the state university systems.

Cities, others urged to file tax claims
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Arkansas also has a 6.5 percent sales tax and a 2 percent hotel tax, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Race Against Time: States Debate Autonomous Vehicle Legislation Amid Aging Population
Governing Technology
But despite the sharp rise in senior citizens anticipated in the coming years, nearly a third of the states do not have any autonomous vehicle (AV) legislation or executive orders in place, according a National Conference of State Legislatures report and research by Government Technology. 

May 18

Connecticut Lawmakers OK Amazon-Type Marketplace Sales Tax Bill
Bloomberg BNA
Max Behlke, director of budget and tax for the National Conference of State Legislatures, told Bloomberg Tax he would be “shocked” if Malloy didn’t sign the bill into law.

Do school buses need seat belts?
WTVA
In fact, federal law requires smaller school buses -- those weighing 10,000 pounds or less -- to have lap-shoulder belts, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. School buses above that weight are not mandated to provide seat belts for passengers. States or local jurisdictions, however, are free to pass stricter regulations. Seven states -- Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York and Texas -- have passed some variation of a seat belt law for larger school buses (even if funding had not been appropriated in all cases), notes the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Your state-by-state guide to sports betting in light of Supreme Court ruling
Reno Gazette Journal
It also compiled information from across the USA TODAY Network and data collected this month by Eilers & Krejcik, which contacted the National Conference of State Legislatures to determine whether lawmakers remain in session.  

NC, other legislatures warily begin security checks
The Davidson County Dispatch
At least five other states have installed metal detectors since 2014, according to an Associated Press review. Thirty-two states now have metal detectors at the entrances to their legislative buildings or statehouses, the National Conference of State Legislatures says.

Student death prompts tougher hazing penalties in Louisiana
The Eagle
If Landry's bill becomes law, Louisiana will join at least 11 other states that have made hazing a felony when it ends in death or serious injury, according to The National Conference of State Legislatures. Hazing deaths at other universities have led to criminal charges in states including Florida and Pennsylvania.

Legislature Still Has Chance to Eliminate Unnecessary Barriers to Work
Pacific Research Institute
The National Conference of State Legislatures says “the tangle of laws has become so thick that a commission in California recently admitted that the state has no way of knowing how many occupations it licenses.”

May 17

Illinois' governor wants to bring back the death penalty. Does his proposal have a chance?
PBS NewsHour
The death penalty is authorized in 31 states and at the federal level, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. It’s also an option in the military justice system, though it hasn’t been used since 1961.

Arkansas cities, others urged to file claims for back taxes from online travel companies
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas also has a 6.5 percent sales tax and a 2 percent hotel tax, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Bill restoring voting rights to felons on parole, out of jail for 5 years, passes Senate
FOX 8 News WVUE-TV
Louisiana is one of 21 states where felons lose the right to vote for their time in prison and for the duration of their parole. Thirteen other states generally have more restrictive laws than Louisiana, according to a study conducted by the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

May 16

Arkansas Entities Unsure About Gambling
Whole Hog Sports
"There were states that acted prior to this, which hoped that just this was going to happen," said Wilson, who also listed New Jersey, New York, West Virginia and Pennsylvania as states that have "legislation on the books" that enable them to "hit the ground running." 

After-School Funding Remains on Thin Ice
Education Week
State dollars make up a relatively small portion of the overall funding picture for after school, a little more than 3 percent overall, according to the Afterschool Alliance's analysis. At least half a dozen states provided some funding for after school in 2017, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, a research organization in Denver. California is the standout. It dedicates some $600 million to after-school programs, mostly focused on children in poverty. But when states face a funding squeeze, after-school programs can go by the wayside.

Teachers' group seeks to stop Oklahoma anti-tax question
The Denver Post
Oklahoma is one of 24 states with procedures for a popular referendum, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Industrial hemp allowed one year from now
Arizona Daily Sun 
The National Conference of State Legislatures reports at least 35 states have now passed law related to industrial hemp.

May 15

How Legalizing Sports Betting Will Impact State Budgets
Governing
Scores of state and local government organizations supported overturning the ban. In a statement Monday, the National Conference of State Legislatures called the case a “landmark ruling” that “provides states another tool with which they can continue to craft smart, tailored policies during a time of congressional gridlock in Washington.”

Supreme Court strikes down law banning sports betting
The Hill
The National Governors Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the Council of State Governments and the National League of Cities signed on to a joint amicus brief in favor of legalizing sports gambling. “This landmark ruling provides states another tool with which they can continue to craft smart, tailored policies during a time of congressional gridlock in Washington,” NCSL said in a statement after the court ruled.

Supreme Court decision on sports bets sets off scramble
The Hill
Anticipating the court’s ruling Monday, 17 states across the country have begun considering measures to legalize sports betting, said Ethan Wilson, policy director of commerce and financial services at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Supreme Court ends sports betting ban; Texas unaffected
MyStatesman.com
The National Conference of State Legislatures praised the court, saying the ruling affirmed each state’s right to legalize or prohibit wagering on sports without federal interference. “This landmark ruling provides states another tool with which they can continue to craft smart, tailored policies during a time of congressional gridlock in Washington,” the organization said.

Bettor Late Than Never? Speaker, Gov. Say Plan for Special Session
CT News Junkie
In a 6-3 decision Monday, the high court found that states have the authority to legalize sports gaming in the absence of federal regulation. “This landmark ruling provides states another tool with which they can continue to craft smart, tailored policies during a time of congressional gridlock in Washington,” the National Conference of State Legislatures said in a statement.

Don't let the farm bill overrule state food laws
The Hill
The National Conference of State Legislatures pointed out that the law would overrule Iowa state regulations requiring the labeling of artificial sweeteners, as well as myriad other state laws aimed at “protecting the health and safety of consumers and the viability of our precious farmland and forests.”

Lawmakers Have Left, But the Harassment Culture in Statehouses Remains
Governing
Many legislatures have realized that while their policies are strong, the overall environment needs to change, said Jon Griffin, a program principal at the National Conference of State Legislatures

Stop distracted driving
Roseville & Granite Bay Press Tribune Newspaper
Nearly every state has passed laws against texting while driving, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

May 14

Is your pharmacist under a 'gag rule' about drug prices?
CNN
In the past two years, at least 21 states have enacted laws prohibiting "gag rules" on pharmacists, according to the Prescription Drug Resource Center of the National Conference of State Legislators. The most recent legislation was passed in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia between March and May.

#MeToo In The Statehouse: At Least 16 Men Are Gone, But The Harassment Culture Isn't
HuffPost
Many legislatures have realized that while their policies are strong, the overall environment needs to change, said Jon Griffin, a program principal at the National Conference of State Legislatures. Griffin and Johnson have visited legislatures across the country this year to provide advice on how to prevent harassment. Griffin repeated a line he heard in California: “Cultures eat policies for breakfast” — meaning that culture influences behavior more than rules and regulations.

N Carolina, other legislatures warily begin security checks
WRAL.com
At least five other states have installed metal detectors since 2014, according to an Associated Press review. Thirty-two states now have metal detectors at the entrances to their legislative buildings or statehouses, the National Conference of State Legislatures says.

SC Statehouse effort to undercut bag bans failed this year. But the fight's not over.
Charleston Post Courier
In all, 10 states have stopped cities and towns from regulating bags, and a similar bill is pending in Ohio, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Farm Bill amendment threatens the rights of states
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
A diverse coalition of over 170 groups strongly opposes the amendment, including the National Conference of State Legislatures, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, National Farmers Union, Consumers Union, Natural Resources Defense Council and United Farm Workers.

NC, other legislatures warily begin security checks
Winston-Salem Journal
News And/Or Resource Cited by NCSL

'I pushed myself because of him'
Santa Fe New Mexican
The National Conference of State Legislators reports that only 2 percent of teen moms manage to complete college by the age of 30.

N Carolina, other legislatures warily begin security checks
Fairfield Citizen 
Thirty-two states now have metal detectors at the entrances to their legislative buildings or statehouses, the National Conference of State Legislatures says.

May 11

A Voting Rights Push: Allowing Felons to Cast Ballots
Wall Street Journal
NCSL information or resources cited.

Schools must weigh a crushing choice: Is a fire or a shooter the bigger threat to kids?
Indianapolis Star
Hundreds of bills related to school safety have been introduced in 41 different state legislatures since the Parkland shooting, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Milwaukee County Board panel endorses marijuana legalization question on November ballot
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana for adult recreational use, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Experts call for look at public health implications of medical marijuana
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Currently, 30 states and the District of Columbia allow comprehensive medical marijuana and cannabis programs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Connecticut legislature seeks boost for minority teachers
The Olympian
There has been a renewed effort in many states to boost minority recruitment as diversity gaps between teachers and students have grown wider in places, said Michelle Exstrom, director of the education program at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

May 10

California Will Require Solar Power for New Homes 
New York Times 
New Jersey, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., have also considered legislation to require that new buildings be solar-ready, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Is your blackjack dealer high? 
CBS News 
About 30 states already allow medical use of the drug, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Some Florida districts consider hiring lower-paid 'guardians' to keep schools safe 
Education Dive 
According to a recent analysis from the National Council of State Legislatures, roughly 200 school safety bills or resolutions have been introduced in 39 states, ranging from building security upgrades to emergency drills to arming school personnel. 

Lawmakers Draft New Rules For Handling Harassment In Montana Legislature 
MTPR 
2018 has brought an unprecedented amount of legislation around the country on the subject of sexual harassment policies for legislative members. That’s according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

May 9

More U.S. Workers Test Positive for Certain Illicit Drugs
The Wall Street Journal
NCSL resources and/or information cited.

Can this technology modernize how we vote? 
CNN Money 
Most voting machines used to cast and count votes were bought between 2002 and 2008, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan and non-governmental organization. 

Local lawmaker co-sponsoring voter identification measure 
WIVB 
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, New York is one of just 16 states nationwide which don't require voters to show any identification before they vote. 

Colorado lawmakers strike deal on transportation funding 
Summit Daily News 
But while 26 states have increased fuel taxes in the last five years, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Colorado's hasn't budged from 22-cents a gallon since 1991. 

Officials confident in election security 
Gillette News Record 
In Cheyenne last week, lawmakers, as part of the National Conference of State Legislatures, held a meeting on election security. 

May 8

Some districts in hiring pinch seek teachers overseas
Education Dive 
But in states like Colorado, school officials are limited by state laws or lacking public support for local tax increases, forcing one Colorado district to go to a four-day school week — which the National Conference of State Legislators estimates is happening in 550 cash-strapped districts.

Colorado wants to address opioid abuse, but even the advocates say the effort isn't strong enough
The Denver Post
But a handful of states, including Florida and Kentucky, limit initial prescriptions to three to five days, according to the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures, based in Denver.

Colorado lawmakers strike deal on transportation funding
The Sun Herald
But while 26 states have increased fuel taxes in the last five years, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Colorado's hasn't budged from 22-cents a gallon since 1991. Policymakers say that's due in large part to the state's strict constitutional limits on spending, which require voter approval for any tax hikes.

Texting and driving 'rampant' in Pa., but few get tickets. Here's why
Philly.com
In the United States, 16 states have hands-free laws and 10 more ban holding the phone for some drivers, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Blair Horner: The Dangers Of Indoor Tanning
WAMC 
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 16 states and the District of Columbia ban the use of indoor tanning beds and booths for people under 18.  New York is not one of them.

May 7

Public support for marijuana is growing. Will lawmakers follow?
PBS NewsHour
In recent years, more and more states are passing “comprehensive marijuana programs,” said Karmen Hanson, a cannabis policy analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures. said. The movement has “been building” steadily, she added.

Senate Resurrects Net Neutrality And Sends to House
CT News Junkie
Governors in five states — Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Montana, and Vermont — have signed executive orders regarding net neutrality, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
And legislators in 27 states have introduced 61 bills requiring internet service providers ensure various net neutrality principles. Washington and Oregon have passed laws.

House GOP leader pitches election fixes
Meadville Tribune
The others are Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, New York and Oregon, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Have questions about how N.J.'s new paid sick leave law will work? Here's what you need to know.
NJ.com
The Smart Communities Foundation Partnership is a public-private partnership, organized through the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Foundation for State Legislatures.l 

Study: Seniors defrauded out of $37B a year
Tribune Review
Thirty-nine and the District of Columbia addressed financial exploitation of the elderly in last year's legislative sessions, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Will the Cape Fear region turn around voter apathy?
Star News Online 
North Carolina, like 36 other states and the District of Columbia, offers early voting, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Alaska considers measures to switch to mail voting
Kenai Peninsula Online
Washington, Colorado and Oregon already vote entirely by mail, and California will begin holding its elections entirely by mail this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Sen. Inouye Selected to Join NCSL Smart Communities Foundation Partnership
Big Island Now
The Smart Communities Foundation Partnership is a public-private partnership, organized through the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Foundation for State Legislatures.

May 4

South Carolina passes bill to fight anti-Semitism on campus
Reuters
While Tennessee has similar legislation pending, no other state has passed a law like the one in South Carolina, according to Sunny Deye, education program director for the National Conference of State Legislatures.

How Criminals Steal $37 Billion a Year from America's Elderly
Bloomberg
States have been stepping up as well. Thirty-nine of them and the District of Columbia addressed financial exploitation of the elderly in last year’s legislative sessions, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

New Jersey workers to get paid sick leave later this year
USA Today
New Jersey joins Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington with paid sick leave laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Safety experts say Missouri would be brainless to repeal helmet law
Washington Post
The National Conference of State Legislatures says helmets saved an estimated 1,630 lives in 2013.

The next local control fight explained: Why Austin passed a citywide sick leave policy.
Texas Tribune
If you compare Austin to other places across the nation, it’s in the minority. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, only nine states and Washington D.C. require paid sick leave as of October 2017. But other big cities have enacted ordinances similar to Austin’s over the past several years, including Seattle, New York City, Jersey City and Portland, Oregon, among a few others.

Arkansas justices halt voter-ID ruling; ballot-casters must prove identities at polls this month 
Arkansas Democratic Gazette
Arkansas is one of 34 states with laws requesting or requiring voters to provide some type of identification at the voting booth, and the Natural State is one of 19 to ask for photo IDs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Candidates for governor support General Assembly term limits
Bluffton Today 
Fifteen U.S. states now have term limits on state legislators, including Louisiana, whose 12-year limit is the model for the South Carolina proposal, said Tim Storey with the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Delaware lawmakers introduce bill to allow same day voter registration
Delaware 105.9
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, same-day registration has existed in Maine, Minnesota and Wisconsin since the mid-1970s.

May 3

Candidates for Governor Support General Assembly Term Limits
U.S. News & World Report
Fifteen U.S. states now have term limits on state legislators, including Louisiana, whose 12-year limit is the model for the South Carolina proposal, said Tim Storey with the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Commentary: States Are Getting Tough on Data Security—but That Might Be a Problem 
Fortune
More than 240 bills were introduced in 42 states last year covering a range of security issues, from improving government practices to restricting public disclosure of confidential information, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Should SC lawmakers face term limits? GOP candidates for governor are all for it 
The State
Despite the higher turnover among legislators, an academic study found no noticeable drop in efficiency or effectiveness in the remaining 15 state legislatures with term limits, according to Tim Storey of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Coal Country Conflict
The Weekly Standard
This graphic shows the percentage of seats in the state Senate and state House of Delegates held by Republicans over time since 1948 (data was taken from National Council of State Legislatures and Michael Dubin).

Idaho's 'Food Truck' Voting At Micron Sparks Complaint
Boise State Public Radio
Idaho and 36 other U.S. states offer various ways to vote early, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Senator Dan Blue keynote speaker for Livingstone College commencement Saturday 
WBTV
Blue has received many awards and served on the executive committees of the Southern Legislative Conference, the State and Local Legal Center in Washington, D.C., and as a member of the Democratic National Committee. He just completed a second term as president of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

May 2

Democrats Poised to Eat Into GOP's Lead in State Legislatures
Governing
The data for the current partisan breakdown in each chamber comes from the National Conference of State Legislatures; seats that are vacant or held by third-party politicians are not included in the totals.

States Find Clever Ways To Collect Sales Taxes On Out-Of-State Transactions
Forbes
In fact, the National Conference of State Legislatures says that consumers dodged $17.2 billion in local sales taxes on goods sold over the internet in 2016.

Commentary: More important for Maine to do tax conformity well than to do it quickly
Press Herald
Among the states with earned income tax credits, Maine’s is third-smallest. Tripling it would bring Maine in line with the rest of the country and help roughly 102,000 Maine families, according to an independent, nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures analysis. 

Viewpoint: Real-time sales tax proposal must be rejected
Boston Business Journal
The bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) examined it and concluded “real-time sales tax process is not a solution.”

Proposed “red flag” law introduced with bipartisan support and the backing of law enforcement
The Colorado Independent
This kind of legislation has been introduced in about a dozen state legislatures since the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

What Happens When Wildlife Conservation and Economic Impacts Collide?
Cities Speak
Bryan K. Weir, Thomas R. McCarthy, and J. Michael Connolly of Consovoy McCarthy Park, and the Antonin Scalia Law School Supreme Court Clinic, wrote the SLLC amicus brief which was joined by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Council of State Governments, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, the United States Conference of Mayors, the International City/County Management Association, and the International Municipal Lawyers Association.

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Sexual harassment claims nothing new in Kentucky legislature
Richmond Register
Arnold’s case prompted legislative leaders to contract with the National Conference of State Legislators for a management review of the LRC.

Virginia Supreme Court Rules On Police Storage Of License Plate Reader Data
The Republican Standard
Currently, fourteen states have laws addressing how the police shall maintain license plate data, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, The Washington Post reports. Nine states have limits on the length of time the information can be retained – from three minutes in New Hampshire to three years in Arkansas. Virginia, however, does not have a law concerning the amount of time the data may be held.

Preparing for election day is year-round process with sometimes hefty price tag
Winchester Sun
Election costs vary widely from state to state. In Kentucky, the state reimburses each county at the rate of $225 per precinct, according to a new report by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Counties can also request up to 50 cents per registered voter from the state for personnel costs. Some states, like Alaska and Delaware, pay the full cost of all federal and state elections. In Tennessee and Ohio, the state pays for primary elections and statewide special elections.

RI GOP targets incumbents in Trump-won Assembly districts
The Providence Journal
“I will be in Israel for a State Legislative Leaders Study Tour that is being conducted in conjunction with the American-Israel Friendship League and the National Conference of State Legislatures,” Kennedy wrote in a letter to Mattiello.

Murphy will take action to ease your property tax pain from Trump law. Will the president stop him?
NJ.com
Several other states, including New York, Connecticut and California, have considerated legislation to provide credits against taxes that may no longer be deductible, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.