The December issue looks at the work states face to deal with the health care needs of an aging population and new approaches to teacher evaluations.
The statutory chart summarizes provisions that allow for the home manufacture of alcoholic beverages, including beer, cider, mead and wine. Twenty-three states allow home-made alcoholic beverages to be transported to tasting competitions and judgings.
States regularly rely on tax incentives as an economic development tool to spur job growth. Employers receive these credits when they create and fill new jobs, so the programs offer tangible benefits. States also expect that the return-in terms of the new employee's income taxes and renewed spending-will at least meet or exceed what the state loses in revenue directed to the credit.
New Jersey became the third state in the U.S. to authorize internet gambling in February of this year. Nevada also enacted modifications to their internet gambling law to allow for interstate compacts, among other provisions. Currently, Georgia and Illinois offer the sale of lottery tickets over the internet. Review the 2013 state legislation here.
Thirty states have statutory provisions that allow licensed establishments such as restaurants, bars, and liquor stores to be held liable for selling or serving alcohol to individuals who cause injuries or death as a result of their intoxication. Statutes in Louisiana, Nevada and South Dakota exempt licensed establishments from liability.
NCSL collects information on the state role in interstate commerce including the regulation of alcohol, economic development, gambling and lotteries, job creation and trade.
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