NCSL 50-State Searchable Bill Tracking Databases

9/2/2019

NCSL Database

Find the most comprehensive and complete 50-state information in NCSL's searchable bill tracking databases. Select a topic listed below to find complete bill information. The status of bills listed in these databases is updated every week. Search by subtopics, year, status (e.g., pending, enacted, to governor, etc.) or enter keywords to identify bills.

If your issue of interest is not listed here, enter topic terms in the white search box at the upper right of any NCSL webpage for additional resources.

Active NCSL Bill Tracking Databases

9-1-1

The 9-1-1- database covers issues related to fees, service fees or surcharges; funding and appropriations; administration, plans, boards and commissions; privacy and confidentiality; enhanced 9-1-1 (e9-1-1); next generation/advanced 9-1-1; and wireless 9-1-1 (2012 to present).

Autonomous Vehicles Tracks state autonomous vehicle legislation, including issues relating to commercial use, insurance and liability, privacy and cybersecurity, infrastructure and connected vehicles, and vehicle inspection, licensing, registration and testing (2017 to present).

Ballot Measures 

Tracks statewide ballot measures created by legislative referendum, initiative, popular referendum, and through other means (1892 to present). 

Capital Punishment* Tracks significant capital punishment enactments in the states including execution methods and procedures, trial and appellate procedures, aggravating factors, intellectual disability and mental illness, repeal or reinstatement, ballot measures, resolutions and studies, and other significant enactments (enacted legislation only; 2017-present).

Campaign Finance*

Tracks state legislation related to campaign finance processes and reform in 20 categories. Bills found here deal with campaign contribution limits, disclosure requirements, independent expenditure requirements and other campaign finance-related issues (2015 to present). 

Child Support and Family Law

Contains passed, pending and failed legislation and executive orders related to custody and visitation, economic stability, enforcement, family violence collaboration, father engagement, guidelines, health care coverage, prevention, healthy family relationships, implementation, and other related issues (2012 to present)

Child Welfare*
 

Covers enacted child welfare legislation, including adoption, foster care, child protection, child welfare services and additional issues (enacted legislation only; 2012 to present).

College and Career Readiness *

Tracks state legislation pertaining to college and career readiness standards since 2011. (2011-present)

Collective Bargaining*

Current legislation on labor unions and collective bargaining is available in a searchable database (2011 to present).

Disability Employment Database *

NCSL’s Disability Employment Database provides current information on legislative efforts in the states and territories targeting disability employment issues and related disability issues. This database tracks all legislation from the 2016 legislative session, including 2015 carryover legislation, and covers various disability employment and general disability legislation (2016 to present).

Early Care and Education*

The Early Care and Education database tracks and updates early care and education legislation from the 50 states and the territories. Issues include child care and child care financing, early childhood services, prekindergarten, professional development, home visiting, infants and toddlers, and financing early education. This database is made possible by the generous support of the Alliance for Early Success (view for the 2019 session or for sessions from 2008-2018).

Education*

The NCSL Education bill tracking database tracks state education legislation on more than 50 issues. The database includes enacted legislation only (2008 to present).

Education Finance

This database provides a detailed look at state finance data, including expenditures and state and local revenue, in addition to a history of school finance litigation.

Elections*

This database contains state legislation related to the administration of elections. Topics include absentee voting, ballot access, and poll worker issues (2011 to present).

Environmental Health*

Environmental health addresses environmental factors that may adversely impact human health or the ecological balances essential to long-term human health and environmental quality. The Elegislative database covers ten topics: asthma; body art; children's environmental health; drinking water; food safety; indoor air quality (includes mold and radon); pesticides (includes mosquito control); toxics and chemicals (includes asbestos, lead and mercury); environmental tracking, surveillance & biomonitoring and waste water (2009 to present)

Energy*

The Energy database brings you up to date, real-time information on bills that have been introduced and enacted in state legislatures, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Topics include climate change, composting, energy efficiency, fossil energy, green jobs, grid and transmission, landfills, radioactive waste, recycling, renewable energy, transportation energy, utility policy, water conservation and water planning (2008 to present).

Environment* Tracks environment and natural resources legislation on topics such as air quality, climate change, disaster mitigation, environmental cleanup, land use, waste and recycling, water and wildlife (2008 to present)

Ethics and Lobbying*

See what legislative ethics and lobbying bills are making their way through the nation's state legislatures at NCSL's Center for Ethics in Government's Ethics and Lobbying Legislation Database. Bills dealing with the following topics are included: conflict of interest, contracting with government, dual employment, dual office holding, ethics commissions, ethics oversight, ethics training, financial disclosure, general ethics issues, gifts, honorarium, lobbying, nepotism, pay-to-play, representing others before government, revolving door, staff-related ethics issues, and violations and penalties (2010 to present).

Health Innovations*

This database of recently enacted laws includes information on 2015 state health transformation initiatives and related changes in state statutes. The database covers several broad and popular topic areas, including: access, Medicaid, private and commercial markets, Affordable Care Act state responses, and social determinants of health (enacted legislation only--updated weekly; 2015 to present).

Human Trafficking*

NCSL has partnered with the federal Office for Victims of Crime to develop a database of state human trafficking enactments. The database addresses laws related to sex and labor trafficking, the trafficking of children, and the intersection with child welfare agencies, survivor services, judicial protections for survivors, collaboration among state agencies and training for public and private personnel on human trafficking issues (enacted legislation only; 2015 to present)

Immigration*

Federal immigration decisions have direct and indirect effects on state and local governments in the form of their budgets; the composition of their citizenry; the utilization and quality of their services; and the general social, political, and economic character of their communities (enacted legislation only; 2008 to present). 

Injury Prevention*
 

This database, developed in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, brings you up to date information about injury prevention legislation that has been introduced in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Search legislation by state, topic, keyword, year, status or primary sponsor. Injury prevention topics include: Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, Prescription Drug Abuse: Rescue Drugs, Prescription Drugs: Other, Traumatic Brain Injury; Older Adult Falls, and Teen Dating Violence (2015 to present).

Interactive Guide to School Choice

This database provides a 50-state review of state public and private school choice policies.

Juvenile Justice*

NCSL has partnered with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to maintain a juvenile justice legislation database. Search legislation from a variety of topics, ranging from truancy to mental health and substance abuse (2008 to present).

Maternal and Child Health Find up-to-date information about enacted maternal and child health (MCH) legislation. Legislative topics include newborn screening, women's health, childhood obesity and nutrition, maternal and infant mortality, maternal and child mental health and the impacts of substance use on the MCH population (2018-present).

Military and Veteran Affairs*

The Military and Veterans Affairs database includes legislation relating to base realignment and closure (BRAC), education, employment benefits and licensing, health, insurance and death benefits, mental health, mission sustainability, readiness, Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) benefits, taxation, and spousal employment issues (2010 to present).

Minimum Wage*

Minimum wage bills from the current legislative session are available in a searchable database. Track specific issues by selecting a topic, such as proposed increases to the state minimum wage, indexing of future increases to the cost-of-living, tipped wages, subminimum wages, state authority over local minimum wages, Constitutional amendments, or other issues (2014 to present).

Occupational Licensing* NCSL, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Governor’s Association and the Council of State Governments, is working to research occupational licensing to help states identify best practices and solutions to their licensing issues, including to help decrease barriers to labor market entry and to increase the portability of licenses across state lines. This database contains legislation from all 50 states covering 34 distinct occupations. (2018)

Pensions and Retirement*

This database on pensions and retirement legislation is made possible through the generous support of the Pew Charitable Trusts. Search on topics such as contribution rates, early retirement incentives, cost-of-living adjustments, elected officials retirement programs, deferred retirement option plans, retiree health benefits, defined benefit plan changes and divestiture (2012 to present).

Preschool-Third Grade Education* NCSL’s interactive preschool-3rd grade legislative tracker captures pending and enacted bills from a wide variety of early learning policy areas, including preschool, dual language learners, governance, literacy, STEM, family engagement and more. 

Prescription Drugs*

Covers current legislation relating to prescription drugs, including four broad categories of state regulation and involvement: 1) Specialty pharmaceuticals, 2) Biologics and biosimilar substitutions, 3) Compounding pharmacies and patient safety, and 4) Pharmaceutical access and affordability (2015 to present).

Redistricting* This database contains state legislation related to redistricting. Topics include redistricting criteria, procedure, commissions, maps, prison population, redistricting task forces/study groups and bills related to legislative or congressional redistricting (2018-present). 
School Safety*

Tracks state legislation addressing issues of school safety, including, but not limited to, firearms at K12 schools, school resource officers, threat assessments, building infrastructure, and the coordination of mental health services (2017 - present).

State Pretrial Policy* NCSL has partnered with the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to track significant state pretrial policy legislation, starting in 2018. Use this database to search for bills pending in your state or other jurisdictions (2018).

Pretrial Release*

This database reports significant state pretrial release legislation enacted starting in 2012. NCSL has partnered with the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to make this information available (enacted legislation only; 2012 to present).

Scope of Practice-Health Professions*

This searchable legislative database brings you up-to-date, real-time information about scope of practice legislation that has been introduced in the 50 states and D.C. You can search legislation by state, topic, keyword, year, status or primary sponsor (2015 to present)

Sentencing and Corrections*

NCSL has partnered with the Public Safety Performance Project of the Pew Center on the States to develop this sentencing and corrections database. Search on topics such as reentry oversight, diversion programs, and treatment-based programs (enacted legislation only; 2010 to present).

Sex Offender Policies*

Sex offender policies have been high on state legislative agendas. Some enactments respond to the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) provisions of the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. Other state actions place residence and other restrictions on sex offenders (enacted legislation only; 2008 to present).

State Tax Actions
 

The State Tax Actions database contains details on recent state tax changes and allows you to search and view the changes in various categories (2015 to present).

State Tax Incentive Evaluations 

States across the country are gathering data and using evidence to systematically evaluate tax incentives. To illustrate what sort of evaluations states are conducting, NCSL, with the generous support of The Pew Charitable Trusts, created a database of state tax incentive evaluations. Evaluations published since the start of 2008 are included and more reports will be added over time.

State-Tribal*

Every year numerous bills are considered by state legislatures that can affect tribal communities. These bills address a variety of issues including the environment, education, health care, taxes/revenue and education (2010 to present).

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment* Use the interactive database on this page to find up-to-date information regarding enacted substance use disorder (SUD) treatment legislation beginning in 2019, including opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment (2019 to present).

Traffic Safety*

The Traffic Safety Database covers legislation related to: aggressive driving, automated enforcement/photo monitoring, child passenger protection, distracted driving, driver’s licensing, impaired driving, motorcycle safety, pedestrian and bike safety, school bus safety, seatbelts and occupant protection, senior driver issues, slow-medium speed vehicles, speed limits, and teen driver issues (2007 to present).

Transportation Funding and Finance*

NCSL's Transportation Funding and Finance Legislation Database tracks legislation and executive orders in many topic areas including motor fuel taxes, sales taxes, bonding, fees, public-private partnerships, vehicle-miles traveled or VMT fees, tolls and other ways to fund or finance transportation infrastructure (2013 to present). 

Unemployment*

State unemployment legislation from the current legislative session is available in a searchable database. You may search all unemployment-related bills or select specific topics, such as SUTA, employee misclassification, and taxes and solvency (2010 to present).

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Archived NCSL Bill Tracking Databases
Campaign Finance (1999-2013)* Tracked campaign finance legislation on a variety of topics, such as contribution limits, disclosure requirements, pay to play, spending limits and much more. The database covers legislation from  1999-2013.
Campaign Finance (2014)* Tracked campaign finance legislation in a variety of topics, such as contribution limits, disclosure requirements, pay to play, spending limits and much more. The database covers legislatition from 2014.
Economic Development (2013-2014)* Legislation on economic development.
Education (enacted legislation only; 2001-2007)* The Education bill tracking database tracks state education legislation on more than 50 education issues, including charter schools, school choice, and religion and teacher issues. The database contains enacted legislation only.
Election Reform(2001-2010)* This database contains state legislation related to the administration of elections that was introduced from 2001 - 2010.  Topics include voter registration, access to polling places, and candidate qualification.

Health Refrom (2011-2013)*

Health Reform (2013-2014)*

Health Reform (2014)*

The database captured state actions related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care Education and Reconciliation Act, together referred to as the Affordable Care Act or federal health reform. Topics relate to some of the major provisions in the Affordable Care Act and include Medicaid, Health Insurance Exchanges, Health Insurance Reform, Health Information Technology, Prevention and Wellness, and Providers and Workforce. A separate topic, Challenges and Alternatives, covers policies that differ from the federal provisions.

The 2014 database contains legislation filed in response to the Affordable Care Act. With the major features of the federal law in effect as of Jan. 1, 2014. The database includes measures considered in 2014 legislative sessions.

Initiative and Referendum (2014 to 2015)* This database tracks constitutional amendments, legislative alternatives to initiated measures, recall issues, and numerous other issues, across the 50 states, from 2014 onward.
Initiative and Referendum (1993-2013)* This database contains constitutional amendments, legislative alternatives to initiated measures, recall issues, and numerous other issues for all states from 1993-2013.
Scope of Practice-Health Professions (2011-2013) The Scope of Practice Legislation Tracking Database contains 2013 legislation dealing with commissions and reports, licensure and credentialing, Medicaid/health insurance plan reimbursement, practice autonomy, prescriptive authority, truth in medical education, and truth in advertising for 22 health care professions.
Transportation Access and Mobility Legislation Database (2013 to 2015)* Transportation Access and Mobility Legislation Database provides up-to-date information about legislation in the states and territories that aims to improve transportation access and mobility for people who have challenges accessing transportation options due to income, disability or age. See the Disability Employment Database for legislation starting in 2016.
State Transportation Coordination (2000-2012)* The State Transportation Coordination Database provides information about legislation, executive orders and statutes related to the coordination of human service transportation programs. The database covers six topic areas including comprehensive coordination, coordination studies and special transportation funding.
Transportation Funding (2007-2012)* This archived database tracked legislation and executive orders related to transportation funding and finance that were introduced in the states and territories from 2007 to 2012.
Workforce Innovations (enacted legislation only; 2015)* Passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in 2014 spurred a wide array of legislative activity across the states. This searchable database includes legislation enacted in state legislatures during the 2015 session. Issues covered include sector strategies, career pathways, adult education, career and job training, work based learning, pay for performance initiatives, state plan and/or governance issues and general workforce legislation.