Missouri Legislative Library

New Arrivals

March 2011

 

AGED

1.
DePaulis, Ashley. “Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.” NCSL Legisbrief, March 2011, Vol. 19, No. 13, 2 p. (Healthy People 2020, a set of community health goals from the US Department of Health and Human Services, identifies Alzheimer’s and dementia as a growing concern.) VF : Aged – Long-Term Care

CAMPAIGNS & ELECTIONS


2. “NH GOP seeks to curb college voters.” StateNet Capitol Journal, March 7, 2011, Vol. 19, No. 8, p. 10-12. (Republican legislators in New Hampshire have introduced bills that would eliminate Election Day voter registration and allow students to vote in their college town only if they or their parents are permanent residents of the community.)

3. Underhill, Wendy. “Photo voter ID.” NCSL Legisbrief, March 2011, Vol. 19, No. 18, 2 p. (Only nine states presently request a photo ID when a person wishes to vote, but that number is expected to rise this year.) VF : Election Procedure

CHILDREN, YOUTH & FAMILIES

4. Miller, Emmalee M. “Are you my mother? Missouri denies custodial rights to same-sex parent.” Missouri Law Review, Fall 2010, Vol. 75, No. 4, p. 1377-1408. (Miller argues that Missouri should recognize both same-sex parents as a child’s “real parents.” An intended parent should get the same legal rights as the biological parent.)

COURTS

5.
Kjose, Amy. Tort reform boot camp : the state legislator’s guide. Washington, D.C. : American Legislative Exchange Council, 2011, 44 p. (This is a look at civil justice policies. Topics include liability apportionment, class action, trespasser responsibility, expert evidence and jury reform.) VF : Tort Reform

6.
Ramsey, Mike. “High court, high cost.” Illinois Issues, March 2011, Vol. 37, No. 3, p. 17-19. (There is talk about changing the way high-court judges are selected in Illinois. The cost of election campaigns has escalated in recent years.)

CRIME & CRIMINAL JUSTICE

7.
Crime state rankings 2011 : crime across America. Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, 2011, 535 p. (FBI crime data from 2009 is charted and ranked by incidence. There are also sections on finances, corrections and personnel.) Ref HV6787.C75

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Katel, Peter. “Downsizing prisons : Should nonviolent inmates be incarcerated?” CQ Researcher, March 11, 2011, Vol. 21, No. 10, p. 217-240.(The U.S. has the largest prison population in the world. Among those quoted in this issue on incarceration policy are two Missourians. Chief Justice William Ray Price, Jr., says we imprison too many nonviolent offenders. Rep. Stanley Cox of Sedalia says that prisons are full of repeat offenders, people who “just never took the breaks they were offered.”)

9.
Maerz, Tanya M. “Death of the challenge to lethal injection? Missouri’s protocol deemed constitutional yet again.” Missouri Law Review, Fall 2010, Vol. 75, No. 4, p. 1323-1347. (The procedure followed by Missouri and Kentucky, among other states, has safeguards designed to ensure that prisoners are not subjected to undue harm. The last court challenge to lethal injection in Missouri was in 2007, Taylor v. Crawford.)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

10.
Ehisen, Rich. “Movie madness : reviews mixed for Hollywood tax credits.” StateNet Capitol Journal, March 7, 2011, Vol. 19, No. 8, p. 1-5. (While Michigan, New Mexico, Georgia and other states consider drastic cuts to film tax-credit programs, other states appear poised to expand theirs.)
 
11.
Mattera, Philip, et al. Show us the subsidies : an evaluation of state government online disclosure of economic development subsidies. Washington, D.C. : Good Jobs First, December 2010, 40 p. (The authors find that the accountability movement has made strong advances but subsidies are not yet as transparent as other categories of state finances. Missouri is one of only four states that provide recipient reporting for all the key programs as identified by Good Jobs First. It earns a “C” for its efforts.) VF : Economic Development
 
EDUCATION

12.
Shen, Yilan, and Alexander Berger. Charter School Finance. Denver : National Conference of State Legislatures, February 2011, 6 p. (Charter schools are funded based on enrollment numbers but the per-pupil dollar amounts vary significantly within and across states.) VF : Charter Schools

13. Walters, Jonathan. “Tough love for teachers.” Governing, March 2011, Vol. 24, No. 6, p. 40-43. (The issue of teacher tenure has become politically charged. A Peer Assistance Review program is proving an effective way to identify and attempt to improve underperforming teachers. Toledo, Ohio’s, PAR is a non-confrontational, inexpensive way to have top teachers mentor new teachers, while working with the principal to weed out weak performers.)
 
EMPLOYERS & EMPLOYEES

14.
Martin, Dane C. “The employees’ decade : recent developments under the MHRA and the employers’ potential rebound.” Missouri Law Review, Fall 2010, Vol. 75, No. 4, p. 1349-1376. (The Missouri Human Rights Act has discrepancies that have expanded protections afforded to employees. This law summary discusses changes and interpretations of MHRA over the last decade.)

ENERGY

15.
Andersen, Glen. “Capturing CO2 : Advances in technology could make ‘clean coal’ a reality, but can we afford it?” State Legislatures, March 2011, Vol. 37, No. 3, p. 24-27. (The first active carbon-capture project in the U.S. is Mountaineer Power Plant at New Haven, W.Va. This pilot project will provide experience with the process, although more R&D will be needed to determine if it’s economically competitive. Mountaineer has completed its first phase and is raising money for the next.)

16.
Grunwald, Michael. “Why no nukes? The real cost of nuclear power.” Time, March 28, 2011, Vol. 177, No. 12, p. 39-41. (The economic and safety problems associated with nuclear energy are not unrelated.)

17.
Hawthorne, Michael. “The ethanol debate.” Illinois Issues, March 2011, Vol. 37, No. 3, p. 30-32. (One-third of the U.S. corn crop is used to make ethanol. Implications of the use of ethanol are discussed.)
 
18.
Hobson, Margaret Kriz. “Japan crisis cools U.S. nuclear push.” CQ Weekly, March 21, 2011, Vol. 69, No. 12, p. 616-619. (In the days since the earthquake and tsunami impacted Japan’s nuclear power plants, surveys are finding Americans increasingly fearful of nuclear accidents. That unease, coupled with the high cost of new reactors, could weaken chances of a nuclear renaissance in this country.)

FINANCE & REVENUE

19.
“A solution in search of a problem.” State Policy Reports, January 2011, Vol. 29, No. 1, p. 2-7. (The debt and pension challenges states face are manageable over the long term.  A 50-state chart ranks these two challenges as a percentage of personal income, GDP and revenues, with Missouri doing well across the board.)

20.
Widener, Chris. “Ohio rewires tax code in attempt to spark advanced energy development.” CSG Stateline Midwest, February 2011, Vol. 20, No. 2, p. 9. (Widener, an Ohio state senator, sponsored SB 232, which temporarily alters his state’s tax code for alternative energy projects.)
 
HEALTH, WELFARE & SOCIAL SERVICES

21. Annual statistical supplement to the Social Security Bulletin, 2010. Washington, D.C. : Social Security Administration, February 2011, 557 p. (Chiefly tabular data about programs directed by the Social Security Administration, the publication also includes a discussion of highlights and trends and the legislative history of these programs.)

22. Bielaszka-DuVernay, Christina. “Vermont’s blueprint for medical homes, community health teams, and better health at lower cost.” Health Affairs, March 2011, Vol. 30, No. 3, p. 383-386. (The Vermont Blueprint for Health was started in 2006. A program of medical homes supported by community health teams, it aims to transform delivery of health services. All citizens will be able to participate without having to make co-payments, obtain prior authorization or meet eligibility criteria.) 

23. Buntin, Melinda Beeuwkes, et al. “The benefits of health information technology : a review of the recent literature shows predominantly positive results.” Health Affairs, March 2011, Vol. 30, No. 3, p. 464-471. (Health information technology can help providers and payers test innovative care delivery and payment strategies.)

24. Health care state rankings 2011 : health care across America. Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, 2011, 541 p. (Missouri slipped 6 notches in this annual ranking, to No. 40. Categories are births and reproductive health, deaths, facilities, finance, disease incidence, providers and physical fitness.) Ref RA407.3 M67

25. Hendrikson, Hollie. “Injury prevention.” NCSL Legisbrief, March 2011, Vol. 19, No. 15, 2 p. (A map shows each state’s death rates from injuries for the years 2000-2006. The report summarizes recent state action to help prevent injuries and violence.) VF : Health Services

26. King, Martha P. “One year later : federal health care reform.” State Legislatures, March 2011, Vol. 37, No. 3, p. 32-33. (Every state has done something to move ahead on the new federal requirements and each has accepted federal planning dollars. Uncertainty about the new law and opposition toward it continue.)

27. Reinhard, Susan C., et al. “How the Affordable Care Act can help move states toward a high-performing system of long-term services and supports.” Health Affairs, March 2011, Vol. 30, No. 3, p. 447-453. (Options available to states can help create a care system for those with disabilities, recognizing the role of family caregivers.)

28. Rodwin, Marc A. “New standards for medical review organizations : holding and health plans accountable for their decisions.” Health Affairs, March 2011, Vol. 30, No. 3, p. 519-524. (Standards in the Affordable Care Act can help hold review organizations and health plans accountable, while facilitating the evaluation of coverage, emerging therapies and technologies.)

29. Tormey, Kate. “Medicaid makeover.” CSG Stateline Midwest, February 2011, Vol. 20, No. 2, p. 1+.(Medicaid is the second-largest expenditure for states and costs will increase by 25 percent in 2012 with the loss of enhanced matching funds. Illinois just passed “landmark” reforms to its public-health programs.)

IMMIGRATION

30.
Greenblatt, Alan. “Seeking solutions : Can Utah’s approach to immigration offer a way forward for other states?” State Legislatures, March 2011, Vol. 37, No. 3, p. 12-15. (The Utah legislature is working on a bill that would impose penalties on illegal immigrants and their employers and also allow new immigrants into the state if they meet specific workforce needs. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, calls it a “carrot and stick approach.”)

INSURANCE

31.
Buettgens, Matthew, et al. “Health reform across the states : Increased insurance coverage and federal spending on the exchanges and Medicaid.” Timely Analysis of Immediate Health Policy Issues, Urban Institute, March 2011, 25 p. (This analysis estimates important effects at the state level resulting from the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Uninsurance rates should decrease, the Medicaid expansion will mainly affect adult nonparents, new federal subsidy dollars will vary greatly by state. 50-state charts.) VF : Health Insurance

26. King, Martha P. “One year later : federal health care reform.” State Legislatures, March 2011, Vol. 37, No. 3, p. 32-33. (Every state has done something to move ahead on the new federal requirements and each has accepted federal planning dollars. Uncertainty about the new law and opposition toward it continue.)

32.
Malhotra, Ritu, and Sean M. Brandle. “Three strategies for controlling pharmacy benefit costs.” Government Finance Review, February 2011, Vol. 27, No. 1, p. 63-66. (Public-sector health plan sponsors can control pharmacy costs through the use of pharmacy benefits managers. Effective auditing techniques are essential and access to clinical programs can save money and lives.)

33. Miller, Debra. “States face Medicaid match loss after Recovery Act expires.” CSG Capitol Research, March 2011, 9 p. (The change in Medicaid funding as of July 1, 2011, the continuing recession, the increase in enrollment since 2009 and state revenue problems complicate states’ budgets. 50-state charts.) VF : Medicaid
 
28. Rodwin, Marc A. “New standards for medical review organizations : holding and health plans accountable for their decisions.” Health Affairs, March 2011, Vol. 30, No. 3, p. 519-524. (Standards in the Affordable Care Act can help hold review organizations and health plans accountable, while facilitating the evaluation of coverage, emerging therapies and technologies.)

PENSIONS & RETIREMENT

34.
Cannon, Lou. “The public pension time bomb : Pension obligations shortchanging states’ future prosperity.” StateNet Capitol Journal, March 21, 2011, Vol. 19, No. 9, p. 1-4. (Cannon says state and local governments are shortchanging present public services in order to meet future pension obligations.)

35.
Clark, Robert L., and Joshua M. Franzel. “Adopting automatic enrollment in the public sector : a case study.” Government Finance Review, February 2011, Vol. 27, No. 1, p. 42-48. (This is a look at South Dakota’s Supplemental Retirement Plan, which automatically enrolls new hires in the defined contribution plan.)

36.
Facts on state and local government pensions. Joint fact sheet issued by NCSL and other agencies, February 2011, 2 p. (State and local governments have substantial assets to weather the economic crisis and they continue to strengthen funding for the very long term.) VF : Public Employee Retirement Systems

37.
Miller, Girard. “Strategies to consider as OPEB costs escalate.” Government Finance Review, February 2011, Vol. 27, No. 1, p 28-35. (Since the 2004 issuance of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s Statement No. 45 on other postemployment benefits, or OPEB, state and local governments have done little to address their retiree medical liabilities and cost structures. Employers that provide generous early-retirement medical benefits need to act soon to mitigate costs.)

38. Picur, Ronald D., and Lance J. Weiss. “Addressing media misconceptions about public-sector pensions and bankruptcy.” Government Finance Review, February 2011, Vol. 27, No. 1, p. 19-27. (The authors rebut recent reporting on public employee pensions. A 50-state chart shows changes states made to their pension plans from 2000 to 2010.)
 
39.
Smith, Gregory W. “Adjusting public pension benefits in Colorado : a fiduciary process.” Government Finance Review, February 2011, Vol. 27, No. 1, p. 36-40. (The Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association responded to the 2007-2009 financial crisis by ultimately reducing the fixed, statutory cost-of-living adjustment that is applicable to existing retirees. The process that brought about the result is explained.)
           
40.
Snell, Leigh. “Setting the record straight about public pensions.” Government Finance Review, February 2011, Vol. 27, No. 1, p. 8-16. (Public pension funds are not in crisis and state and local governments are not in danger of filing for bankruptcy as a result of pension obligations.)

41. “VT takes civil approach to pension problems.” StateNet Capitol Journal, March 21, 2011, Vol. `9, No. 9, p. 8-9. (Public employees in Vermont have agreed to pay cuts, layoffs and increases in pension contributions and retirement age.)

REDISTRICTING

42.
Jost, Kenneth. “Redistricting debates : Will new reforms limit gerrymandering?” CQ Researcher, Feb. 25, 2011, Vol. 21, No. 8, p. 169-192. (Redistricting authority lies chiefly with state legislatures, where Republicans currently have an edge. Eight states use commissions to draw legislative and congressional districts; another five use them just for congressional seats. California and Florida will be operating under new rules that limit gerrymandering.)

43.
Levitt, Justin. A citizen’s guide to redistricting. New York : Brennan Center for Justice, 2010, 127 p. (The guide answers questions about apportionment, including why it matters, who does the work, how and where the lines should be drawn. Suggestions for reform are offered.) VF : Apportionment – Legislative

REFERENCE

21.
Annual statistical supplement to the Social Security Bulletin, 2010. Washington, D.C. : Social Security Administration, February 2011, 557 p. (Chiefly tabular data about programs directed by the Social Security Administration, the publication also includes a discussion of highlights and trends and the legislative history of these programs.)

44.
Phares, Donald. Missouri’s economic and governmental status across states and over time : a comparison guide. Public Policy Research Center, St. Louis, February 2011, 77 p. (Phares has gathered data on a range of issues – population, revenue, taxes, expenditures, tuition, etc. – to give some idea how Missouri compares to other states, to the national average and to previous years. Years covered range from 1967 to 2008. The state consistently ranks in the bottom half, nationally.) VF : Missouri – Statistics

STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT
           
45.
Andrews, Angela. “Personal staff in state legislatures.” NCSL Legisbrief, March 2011, Vol. 19, No. 17, 2 p. (Personal staff are employed by one or both chambers in 38 state legislatures.) VF : Legislative Staff

46.
Kerns, Peggy, and Megan Comlossy. “Ethics commissions : gathering momentum or under fire?” NCSL Legisbrief, March 2011, Vol. 19, No. 14, 2 p. (Ethics commissions, found in all but nine states, vary greatly in structure, power and jurisdiction.) VF : Ethics, Code of

47.
Policy framework to strengthen state government planning, budgeting and accountability. Washington, D.C. : The Pew Charitable Trusts, March 2010, 34 p. (Performance-driven tracking and measurements systems are designed to give a clear view of how government programs are working and what their results are. This document includes examples of promising practices, suggested language for legislation or executive orders, along with potential alternatives.) VF : State Government Improvement

19.
“A solution in search of a problem.” State Policy Reports, January 2011, Vol. 29, No. 1, p. 2-7. (The debt and pension challenges states face are manageable over the long term. A 50-state chart ranks these two challenges as a percentage of personal income, GDP and revenues, with Missouri doing well across the board.)

STATE-FEDERAL RELATIONS

48.
Clemmitt, Marcia. “National debt : Are higher taxes needed to reduce the debt?” CQ Researcher, March 18, 2011, Vol. 21, No. 11, p. 241-264. (Economists think a combination of tax increases and spending cuts will rein in the budget.)

49.
Hobson, Margaret Kriz. “Deep in the heart of defiance : Texas’ governor ignores the EPA’s greenhouse gas standards, saying states’ rights trump federal regulations.” CQ Weekly, March 7, 2011, Vol. 69, No. 10, p. 515-516. (Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is emerging as the most prominent state figure in the fight against federal government regulatory efforts.)

TRANSPORTATION

50.
Rall, Jaime. “Public-private partnerships for transportation.” NCSL Legisbrief, March 2011, Vol. 19, No. 16, 2 p. (Public-private partnerships, or P3s, offer states some options in achieving transportation improvements.)VF : Transportation

51.
Reed, James B., and Jaime Rall. “Running out of gas.” State Legislatures, March 2011, Vol. 37, No. 3, p. 28-31. (The average annual cost of maintaining the roads/bridges/transit infrastructure is $277 billion but transportation revenues across the board only amount to $219 billion. The federal gasoline tax rate has steadily lost purchasing power since 1993. )
           
52.
Savage, Melissa A., and Anne Teigen. “Traffic safety and public health : state legislative action 2010.” NCSL Transportation Series, December 2010, No. 35, 55 p. (Issues covered are occupant protection, distracted, aggressive and impaired driving, licensing, speed limits, helmet usage, red-light cameras and photo radar, school bus safety, and pedestrian and bicyclist safety. 50-state charts.)