Capitol Ideas

Capitol Ideas is a periodic listing of story ideas and background information from new NCSL research. For more information, contact NCSL's Press Team.

States Tackle Telemarketers

Years after Congress and state legislatures created do-not-call lists to restrict telemarketing, consumer complaints to the FTC continue to rise. Advances in technology have created new opportunities for telemarketers, prompting states to consider legislation banning unsolicited text messages and robocalls. More

Reporters Can Register for Legislative Summit

Credentialed reporters are invited to the nation’s premier legislative meeting:  NCSL’s annual Legislative Summit, this year in Chicago, Ill., Aug. 6 – 9, 2012. Credentialed members of the media can register to attend and hear what solutions and ideas policymakers are considering to address some of the most pressing issues facing states. More

Mortgage Servicers Agree to $25 Billion Settlement

In the national mortgage settlement, the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers must allocate $25 billion to the federal government, 49 participating states, and individual borrowers. NCSL breaks down how much each state will receive  and where the funds will be allocated.  More

States Widen Scope of Synthetic Drug Bans

To keep ahead of all the new formulations of banned synthetic drugs, lawmakers focused legislation in 2011 and 2012 on two classes of substances:  synthetic cannabinoids (a.k.a. "Spice" or "K2") and substituted cathinones (a.k.a. "Bath Salts"). At least 43 states have already banned one or both of these substances. More