NCSL in the News | October 2018

10/1/2018

Oct. 31

Senate District 20 Race Racking Up Millions: ‘Toughest Race In The State’
CBS Denver
The National Conference of State Legislatures says the party of the president loses around 400 state legislative seats on average in midterm elections.

These charts show how future control of Congress could be decided by this year's statehouse elections
CNBC
In past midterms, the party of the president has lost around 400 state legislative seats on average, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Maryland voters to decide whether to adopt Election Day registration
Washington Post
If the initiative passes, Maryland would join 16 states and the District in making registration available on Election Day, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Alabama photo voter ID law part of increasing trend in U.S.
Montgomery Advertiser
According to data maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures, 17 states will ask for some form of photo ID in the 2018 midterm elections.

Oct. 30

The State We’re In: Sexual Harassment Laws
NPR 1A Talkshow
Featured: Suzanne Hultin Program director, employment, labor and retirement program, National Conference of State Legislatures 

The Midterms Aren’t Just About Trump. They’re About the Future of the GOP
Bloomberg
At least one-eighth of candidates elected next month will be in office when the process starts, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

You Can Make Some Quick Cash on Election Day By Being a Poll Worker. Here's How Much It Pays
TIME Money
As the National Conference of State Legislatures pointed out a few years ago, the stipend often isn’t enough for people to justify the long shift, multitude of tasks and need to take time off from their day jobs.

They Massage Horses, Don’t They?
PEW Charitable Trusts
"State legislatures have come to recognize that licensing may be negatively impacting their workforce and consumers” [says] Albert Downs, employment policy specialist NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURES.

Senate District 20 Race Racking Up Millions: 'Toughest Race In The State
CBS Denver
Republicans are up against tough odds this year. The National Conference of State Legislatures says the party of the president loses around 400 state legislative seats on average in midterm elections. 

Tea party hangover could force power shift in governors’ mansions
The Virginian-Pilot
Twenty-nine of the governors on this year’s ballot will have vetoes over redistricting maps in 2021, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Risk-Limiting Audits Can Support an Election’s Legitimacy
StateTech Magazine
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 30 states and the District of Columbia already require post-election audits of varying methods.

As federal policy lags, state legislative pipeline is more important for CIOs
CIO Dive
Across the states there were 92 pending laws relating to cybersecurity, 29 relating to privacy practices of internet service providers, 78 for security breach legislation and 31 relating to net neutrality, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures database.

Oct. 29

This is where Democrats and Republicans are battling for control of state legislatures
PBS NewsHour
Right now, Republicans control the entire legislature — both House and Senate chambers — in 31 states (including Nebraska, which is unicameral), according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. And nationwide, Republicans control 66 of the country’s 99 state-level legislatures. Democrats lag far behind; the party controls 31 legislative chambers, and control both the Senate and the House in just 14 states.

This map shows where statehouse battleground campaigns are playing out
CNBC
In past midterms, the party of the president has lost around 400 state legislative seats on average, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Georgia’s strict laws lead to large purge of voters
Atlanta Journal Constitution
The commission’s criticism came as many states were busy revising laws that regulate voter registration – “the gateway to voting,” as Dylan Lynch of the National Conference of State Legislatures put it.

Why your local haunted corn maze is infuriating the neighbors
Santa Fe New Mexican
The biggest growth industry in the rural U.S. is outdoor entertainment, which includes agritourism, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Election security major theme in secretary of state race
Greensburg Daily News
“We do a great job here in the state of Indiana keeping our elections secure,” Lawson said. She noted that the National Conference of State Legislatures recently held a conference in Indiana and said it wouldn’t have done so if Indiana wasn’t a leader in election security.

New Mexico voters to decide on need for ethics commission
The State
The number of states with ethics commissions has steadily increased in recent years, leaving New Mexico as one of six without one, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Oct. 25

Tim Storey on Redistricting
C-SPAN
National Conference of State Legislatures' Tim Storey talked about how the 2018 midterm elections could affect redistricting in the next decade. 
 
Empirical SCOTUS: State fault lines that might lead to big cases before the Supreme Court
SCOTUSblog
Data on Voter ID laws are available on the National Conference of State Legislatures website.

California most at-risk state for political hacking, study finds
Washington Times
Across the country, eight states have also passed cyber-related bills this year to protect voting systems, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

When Early Voting Starts In Each State For The 2018 Midterms Hinges On A Few Factors
Bustle
As the National Conference of State Legislatures described, typically, early voting means that a state allows residents to vote in-person for a period of time prior to Election Day. 

Midterms: Democrats poised to win governorships in election that will affect redistricting, presidential campaign
CBS 8 San Diego
"History, data and political tea leaves all indicate that this will be a recovery year for Democrats in the states," wrote Tim Storey and Wendy Underhill of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Michigan's Proposal 3: How it would make registering to vote easier
WZZM 13
A number of states have moved to ban straight-ticket voting in recent years. But some have continued to allow it, including Alabama, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Utah, South Carolina and Kentucky, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Oct. 24

Does no registration make voting easiest in North Dakota?
PolitiFact
The National Conference of State Legislatures breaks down voter ID laws into categories of strict and non-strict, without a ranking.

Donald Trump says Democrats want to give cars to undocumented immigrants. Nope
PolitiFact
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, they are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Vermont and Washington, along with the District of Columbia.

People Are Googling ‘When is Election Day’ — It Is November 6
Roll Call
Ensure your vote is counted by verifying your voter registration status with your state’s board of elections. Consult the National Conference of State Legislatures to determine whether you’ll need an ID to vote.

Walker takes a more aggressive tone in ad accusing Evers of wanting 'special treatment for illegals'
Madison.com
Twenty states offer in-state tuition for unauthorized immigrant students, according to data compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

 As Alabama Goes to the Polls, Worries Emerge That Some Are Denied Voting Rights
WBHM
Alabama is one of 17 states with some sort of photo ID law in effect this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Oct. 23

Low voter turnout is no accident, according to a ranking of the ease of voting in all 50 states
Washington Post
NCSL Information Cited. 

Midterms: Poorest states have Republican legislatures, and richest have Democratic ones
CBS 8 San Diego
Though income drives the rankings from poorest (West Virginia) to richest (Maryland), the list also includes population, unemployment and poverty rates. To unlock the political secret in these data points, cross-reference them with figures available from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) showing which party controls state legislatures. 

How the Georgia governor’s race could reshape the voting rights debate
The Washington Post
NCSL Information Cited.

Early voting: When it starts in your state
CBS News
For a detailed look at how early voting happens in your state, head over to the National Conference of State Legislatures' guide to state laws governing early voting.

Tapping Into Telehealth
U.S. News & World Report
The National Conference of State Legislatures has state-by-state information on telehealth services in your area.

Handful of amendments on ballot
Valdosta Daily Times
Marsy’s Law, as it’s known, is also on the ballot in five other states this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Newcomer challenging Alvarado for seat
Winchester Sun
He [Sen. Ralph Alvarado] is a member of the executive committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

State representative to hold hearing on medical marijuana
WJTV
The hearing will include two experts, Karmen Hanson and Heather Morton.  Hanson, the Program Director of Health at the National Conference of State Legislatures, will provide a deep dive presentation of cannabis for medicinal purposes and how other states are approaching the matter.  Morton, a Program Specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures, will give an overview of financial services in the industry.

Oct. 22

Financial And Business Opportunities In The Emerging Telemedicine Field
Forbes
In 2016, The National Conference of State Legislatures reported that 32 states had private insurance coverage requirements for telehealth, and Washington, D.C., also requires that private insurers cover telehealth services.

Which state legislatures might go blue this fall
Washington Post
"Well over 90 percent of incumbents will win in November,” said Tim Storey, director of state services for the National Conference of State Legislatures, in a recent talk."

Poorest states have Republican legislatures, and richest have Democratic legislatures
USA Today
To unlock the political secret in these data points, cross-reference them with figures available from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) showing which party controls state legislatures. 

Your comprehensive guide to early voting in Nevada
Las Vegas Sun
Nevada is one of 37 states and Washington, D.C., to offer early voting, according to the National Conference for State Legislatures. 

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
State's high court keeps wage-raise measure on ballot
Twenty-nine states and Washington, D.C., have minimum wages above the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Maryland asks Supreme Court to uphold its generic drug anti-gouging law
Washington Examiner
As of July, there have been bills filed in 16 states, but Maryland is the only state to have passed a law, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

9 midterms races with Electoral College implications
WRAL
Voters this fall will install 30 governors and more than 800 legislators that will be responsible for redrawing voting districts in three years -- which will have a major impact in each and every state in the country, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Oct. 19

Meanwhile, in the states...
Politico
This year, the National Conference of State Legislatures tallies more than 40, ranging from property tax exemptions to major revisions of income tax codes — and some have national implications.

Record number of East Bay jail inmates to vote in 2018 midterm election
San Francisco Chronicle
Thirteen states require people convicted of felonies to wait a period of time after being sentenced, or they must receive a governor’s pardon, before their rights are restored, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. On the other end of the spectrum, felons never lose their right to vote in Maine and Vermont, even while imprisoned. California falls in the middle.

Capitol harassment: Iowa lawmakers admit they lag on curbing sexual misconduct. They're not alone
Des Moines Register
But the House's policy, despite emphasizing "zero tolerance," does not conform to standards set by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

In shift, states step in on affordable housing
Bristol Herald Courier
NCSL Information Cited.

Can You Vote Early In Connecticut? No, But You Can Register On Election Day
Hartford Courant
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 37 states offer early voting to all voters, without requiring a reason.

Does all-mail voting increase voter turnout during elections?
FOX 4 News
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 22 states have provisions allowing some elections to be done by all-mail voting. Three entire states — Colorado, Washington and Oregon — provide all-mail voting.
 
The $100 Million Man: How Cuomo’s campaign war chest became one of the nation’s largest
WGRZ
Twenty-two states have an outright ban on campaign contributions from corporations, and New York has the highest contribution limit for governor of any state in the nation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Oct. 18

Improving Drug Price Transparency: From Removing Pharmacy Gag Clauses To Reforming The Rebate System
Forbes
At the state level, the most common transparency issue addressed by state lawmakers has been "pharmacy gag clauses," According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, since 2016, 22 states have enacted legislating prohibiting PBM "gag clauses."

People in this state are at the highest risk for identity theft
CNBC
Though all 50 states and the District of Columbia allow consumers to place a security freeze on their credit reports, only 33 permit parents, legal guardians and other representatives of minors to place a freeze on children's credit reports, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

In Shift, States Step In On Affordable Housing
HuffPost
“We’re really seeing things heat up this year,” said Meghan McCann, senior policy specialist for the National Conference of State Legislatures.

States Step Up Election Cybersecurity as Federal Efforts Stall
Bloomberg 
Eight states have passed cyber-related bills in 2018 to protect voting systems, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures.’

Canada just legalized recreational marijuana. Here’s what you need to know
KRTV Great Falls News
Nine states in the United States and the District of Columbia now allow recreational marijuana use. Medical marijuana is legal in some form in 30 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Canada legalizes recreational marijuana
WREG Channel 3 Memphis
Nine states in the United States and the District of Columbia now allow recreational marijuana use. Medical marijuana is legal in some form in 30 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Oct. 17

As Colorado prepares to vote, a look at why redistricting matters
9 News
Redistricting is important to ensure that every Coloradan’s voice has equal weight in the state and with Congress in Washington D.C. “The way you do that is you divide up the geography of Colorado into equal population districts, so everyone has the same amount of power in regard to their represented electors,” said Wendy Underhill, the Director of the National Conference of State Legislature’s elections and redistricting team.

Once Seen as a Local Issue, Affordable Housing Is Becoming a State Focus 
Governing
“We’re really seeing things heat up this year,” said Meghan McCann, senior policy specialist for the National Conference of State Legislatures.

You'll be asked whether to amend the Indiana Constitution at the polls. Here's what it means.
Indianpolis Star
NCSL Information Cited.

Board to hear first 'compassionate parole' case; man sentenced for molesting boys at Custer facility 
Rapid City Journal
South Dakota passed its compassionate-parole bill this year, putting it among at least 45 states with a medical parole law, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures

New laws could save you money at the pharmacy 
FOX Carolina
State lawmakers around the country took notice.  According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, about half the country put laws into place banning those gag clauses.

Oct. 16

In Shift, States Step in on Affordable Housing
Pew Trusts
“We’re really seeing things heat up this year,” said Meghan McCann, senior policy specialist for the National Conference of State Legislatures.

GM's Driverless Vehicles Require a 'Degree of Harmonization' With Governments, Innovation Chief Says 
FORTUNE
While the number of states cooperating with auto manufacturers developing self-driving vehicles has increased in recent years, only 29 states have enacted legislation related to self driving cars thus far, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Three States Get Ready to Vote on Abortion
Roll Call
In 2014, three states weighed in at the ballot box, while two did so in 2012, according to the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures. No abortion language was on the ballot in 2016.

How one state is using incentives instead of penalties to boost child support payments 
Deseret News
Some states do consider daycare; the calculation varies by state, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Oct. 10

The Health 202: Reversing Roe wouldn't criminalize abortion everywhere
The Washington Post
“Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized the drug for recreational purposes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. More than half the states (31) – plus the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico – have legalized it for medical purposes.”

How to Register to Vote in 2018—Before the Voter Registration Deadline
Fortune
Voter registration can be done online in 37 states and the District of Columbia, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Instead of trying to find your state’s specific site, Vote.org provides a single form for all citizens to begin their online voter registration—and it only takes two minutes.

Denver police can scan your license plate on Federal Boulevard with a permanent new camera
The Denver Post
State law says that agencies can only freely access images from the “passive surveillance” systems for a year after their creation. After that, they can access the archives to obtain evidence; the images must be destroyed after three years, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Want election results? On West Coast, patience is required
The Journal Times
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures , 37 states and the District of Columbia offer some type of early voting, and 27 states and D.C. offer "no-excuse" absentee voting.

Yavapai County bans cell phone use while driving
Williams News
Arizona and Montana are the only states that don’t have a ban on texting while driving, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Oct. 9

A Month Before Election Day, Democrats Poised for Legislative Gains
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 Enacted 116 Immigration Laws in 2018
Governing
States are continuing to take significant action on immigration as President Donald Trump makes it his signature issue at the federal level, according to a new report by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
 
“Typically, more federal action means less at the state level,” says Ann Morse, director of NCSL’s immigrant policy project. But, she says, that hasn't been the case.

Georgia’s Motor-Voter Drive Boosts Eligible Balloters Who Lean Democratic
The Wall Street Journal
Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have motor-voter-type laws similar to Georgia’s driver’s-license change, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

State of Wayfair: State, Trade Group Officials Have a Chat
Bloomberg BNA
The discussion took place Oct. 4 in St. Louis at an informal gathering of tax stakeholders organized by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Beto O'Rourke says marijuana is legal in most states
PolitiFact
In a deep dive on marijuana legislation across the country, the National Conference of State Legislatures reaches the same count.

Marijuana referendums: What Wisconsin voters need to know about November ballot issues
Milwaukee Sentinel Journal
In considering medical marijuana regulation, states must address how to regulate such recommendations as well as the dispensing of marijuana and registration of patients, according to a June 2018 report by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

It's Been 25 Years Since The Federal Gas Tax Went Up
KUNC
"In the last five years, we've seen many states, more than half of them actually, enact legislation to increase funding for transportation," says Kevin Pula, senior transportation policy specialist for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

Michigan Proposal Aims To Expand Voting Methods, Options
WKAR
About three dozen states and the District of Columbia allow their residents to cast ballots during a designated period before Election Day, without needing an excuse or justification, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Oct. 5

State of Wayfair: State, Trade Group Officials Have a Chat
Bloomberg BNA
But the current Congress has no appetite to try and cut back on states’ authority to require remote sellers to collect sales tax, Neal Osten, director of the NCSL’s Washington office, said. “From Congress’ point of view, this is a settled matter,” Osten said. “The courts have ruled, and Congress is not going to act.”

To pass a federal bill, states that have been struggling to gain authority to tax remote sales would need to be convinced to walk away from the fight just after winning it, Utah Sen. Curt Bramble (R), a former NCSL president, said. That would be a “very tough sell,” he said. But Bramble also suggested that the list of 20 tax simplifications could be used as a starting point in the search for common ground between groups concerned about the implications of the South Dakota v. Wayfair ruling and those who are eager for the states to begin implementing it.

“We need to know what are the simplifications that you can’t live without,” he told DelBianco. “And we need to know what would be deal breakers for those on the other side of this.” The discussion is set to resume at the November meeting of NCSL’s Task Force on State and Local Taxation.

History Maker: At 19, Kalan Haywood Will Be The Youngest State Legislator In Wisconsin
Vibe
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, it’s likely that Haywood, who served on the Milwaukee Youth Council at 14, will be the youngest lawmaker in the United States, which is quite major. His topics of interest within this role include voting rights and how the people within his city are living. “Adding the requirement of registering to vote is very important,” Hayward said, “especially in my district where we get a very low [voter] turnout compared to a total population."

Moonlighting criticism in Colorado secretary of state race raises new questions about an old practice
The Colorado Independent
A Feburary 2008 brief from the Denver-based National Conference of State Legislatures on the issue of dual employment notes that Colorado not only allows elected officials to do private-sector work on the side but also places no restrictions on such work.

2018 midterm election: What to know before voting in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware
The Philadelphia Inquirer
NCSL Information Cited.

Women Candidates In Connecticut Find Solidarity In Private Facebook Group Created To Let Them Share Stories, Receive Support
Hartford Courant
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, about 1,843 women currently serve in the 50 state legislatures.

FROM THE WHEELHOUSE: Lack of childcare affects us all
Newport News Times
In 2016, 26 states passed laws addressing access to and quality of care, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Yavapai County adopts texting ban while proponents push for state uniformity
AZ Family
Arizona and Montana are the only states that don't have laws addressing cell phone use while driving, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Oct. 4

State may have more dispensaries than it needs
Journal Record
Karmen Hanson oversees health policy for the National Conference of State Legislatures, a nonpartisan organization that offers analysis and training for state officials. She said that there are several kinds of limits that don’t look like Arkansas’.
“Some states will set a hard number, but most on the medical side don’t,” she said.

What elderly inmates — like Bill Cosby — have to look forward to in prison
MarketWatch
At least 17 states offer medical parole or geriatric parole, which allow prisons to release inmates because of poor health or advanced age (respectively), according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. But they are rarely used, Amanda Essex, senior policy specialist in the criminal justice program at NCSL, wrote.

New medical-pot rulings favor users
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Thirty-one states; Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; and Guam now allow medical marijuana, while 15 others have approved low-THC-level products for medical reasons in certain cases, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Nine states and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational pot.

Analysis: Will the Democrats wake up before 2020?
Dickinson Press
Today, Republicans control 31 state legislatures and enjoy full control - legislature and governor's mansion - in 25 states (to just eight for the Democrats), according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

SPORTS BETTING LETTERS TO HOUSE COMMITTEE REVEAL ADDITIONAL PERSPECTIVES
Play U.S.A.
The other letter, from the National Conference of State Legislatures, concurred with this second bit, and said that allowing states to decide would increase voter engagement and determinism. Executive Director William Pound also laid perhaps the harshest criticism of PASPA to date, saying that the defunct law “exemplified the failings of a one-size-fits-all federal solution to complex questions of policy, regulation and law enforcement.”

Post-Election Audits In Kansas Begin with 2019 Elections
HPPR
The National Conference of State Legislatures says Kansas is among 30 states that conduct traditional post-election audits which compares the paper record to the results produced in a fixed-percentage of voting precincts.

Oct. 3

What states pay minimum wage higher than federal government's $7.25 an hour
USA Today
Next year, minimum wages in 20 states and Washington, D.C., will increase, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

New Rulings on Medical Marijuana Use Go Against Employers
U.S. News & World Report
Thirty-one states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam now allow medical marijuana, while 15 others have approved low-THC-level products for medical reasons in certain cases, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Analysis: Will the Democrats wake up before 2020?
Jamestown Sun
Today, Republicans control 31 state legislatures and enjoy full control - legislature and governor's mansion - in 25 states (to just eight for the Democrats), according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Trump won 30 states in 2016 to Clinton's 20. Overall, there are more red states than blue states, and those small red states send as many senators to Washington as the more populous blue states.

Push for gun-storage laws continues as King County approves ordinance and voters weigh in on I-1639
The Seattle Times
And 11 states have laws that either require or encourage the use of trigger-lock devices, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Nevada voters will decide on automatic voter registration next month
Las Vegas Sun
Automatic voter registration has been approved by 13 other states and D.C., according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

State Corporate Income Taxes Sliding Toward Extinction
Law 360
NCSL Information Cited. 

Eleven more states begin requiring online sales tax collection
Bond Buyer
NCSL Information Cited.

3 Arkansas congressmen oppose measure to boost state's minimum wage
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas has a higher minimum wage than any of its surrounding states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Here's How To Find Your Polling Place For The 2018 Midterms, Because It's Pretty Important
Elite Daily
Some states require you to have a ID (some even mandate that it's a photo ID) in order to vote, while others simply ask that you sign a document that validates your identity, according to USA.gov. Head over to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) website to check the specific voter ID laws where you live and learn what your state requires you to have in order to vote. 

Oct. 2

Justice Department Sues California Over Net Neutrality Law
NPR
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Oregon, Vermont and Washington have enacted their own net neutrality laws and governors in six states have signed executive orders affirming some degree of net neutrality. Thirty other states are debating net neutrality measures of their own.

Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Net Neutrality Law, Provoking Fight With Feds
Education Week
Lawmakers in 30 states have introduced over 72 pieces of legislation requiring internet service providers to ensure various net neutrality principles, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Facebook under global glare
Politico
“The National Association of Counties, the National Conference of State Legislatures, those are organizations I want to listen to.” [Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii)]

Push for gun-storage laws continues as King County approves ordinance and voters weigh in on I-1639
The Seattle Times
At least 16 states impose some kind of criminal liability on a firearms owner if a gun is improperly stored and a child carries or uses it, according to a 2016 report by the Boston University School of Public Health. And 11 states have laws that either require or encourage the use of trigger-lock devices, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Studies: Voter ID tied to lower turnout in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Law Journal
Currently, 34 states have voter-ID laws, with Georgia, Indiana, Kansas and Wisconsin being some of the strictest, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Tip to grow old in your home, renovate accordingly
The Oakland Press
Nearly 90 percent of people over 65 want to stay in their homes as long as possible, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures with AARP Public Policy Institute.

Plan to downsize Pa. state legislature hits roadblock
The Sharon Herald
State lawmakers are also paid better than any of their peers, except those in California where lawmakers are paid $107,241 a year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

19-year-old Kalan Haywood set to become Wisconsin’s youngest lawmaker
The Grio
“I am not aware of any legislators younger than 20 at the moment, so it is likely that if a 19-year-old was just elected that he would be the youngest state legislator out there,” said John Mahoney, policy specialist at the NCSL’s Center for Legislative Strengthening.

Post-Election Audits In Kansas Begin With 2019 Elections
KMUW
The National Conference of State Legislatures says Kansas is among 30 states that conduct traditional post-election audits which compares the paper record to the results produced in a fixed-percentage of voting precincts.

Oct. 1

Should police use of force be regulated? The answer isn't simple, and that's a problem
CNN
If the bill becomes law, it wouldn't be the first. Between 2014 and 2017, at least 16 states enacted legislation addressing the use of force by officers, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Rethinking DC's ballot initiative process
Washington Post
A National Conference of State Legislatures task force advised states without ballot initiatives against making the switch. Only a handful of states allow ballot initiatives in primaries, and states are moving away from the practice in favor of only general-election ballot initiatives. Most other reforms are reining in rather than loosening ballot initiative requirements — for example, preventing abuse from out-of-state interests or making sure petition gathering is done by local volunteers rather than paid staff.

Digging Deeper: Governor Candidates' Education Plans Politically Effective, Practically Difficult
WLRN
"You'll see a number of states have started to customize their standards a bit more," said Michelle Exstrom, education program director at the National Conference of State Legislatures. "You aren't seeing any states completely moving in a totally different direction."

At 19, Kalan Haywood will be the youngest lawmaker in Wisconsin — and likely the nation
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"I am not aware of any legislators younger than 20 at the moment, so it is likely that if a 19-year-old was just elected that he would be the youngest state legislator out there," said John Mahoney, policy specialist at the NCSL's Center for Legislative Strengthening.

Voter ID linked to lower turnout in Wisconsin, other states; students, people of color, elderly most
Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3
Currently 34 states have voter ID laws in place, with Georgia, Indiana, Kansas and Wisconsin being some of the strictest, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.