NCSL in the News | August 2019

8/1/2019

Aug. 30

'This Ain't Your Mother's Marijuana.' Federal Health Officials Issue National Warning on Pot
TIME
Possessing small amounts of marijuana for adult recreational use is legal in 11 states and the District of Columbia, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The list includes California, Colorado, Michigan and Maine. Federal law still treats it as a controlled substance akin to opioids.

Red-Light-Running Deaths Hit 10-Year High
The Wall Street Journal
NCSL Information Cited.

Viral video of voting machine malfunction in Mississippi governor runoff, explained
PolitiFact
Mississippi is among six states that require voting machines to have a permanent paper record, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Texas teams with Bumble to crack down on 'cyber flashing'
ABC News
Washington, Pennsylvania and New Jersey have laws against cyberstalking, which is defined by intent to harass, said Pam Greenberg, a senior fellow for the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Redistricting commission calls for 11-person group to redraw state political maps
New Castle News
Everett said that the hearing will also include testimony from the National Conference of State Legislatures, to get perspective about what kinds of redistricting reforms have been enacted in other states. 

Aug. 29

Sen. Johnny Isakson says he will resign at the end of the year, citing health problems
The Washington Post
Under Georgia law, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Kemp will make an appointment to replace Isakson pending a special election to be held concurrently with the 2020 general election.

Senator Johnny Isakson Says He’ll Resign At The End Of December
HuffPost
Per the National Conference of State Legislators, the governor gets to appoint someone to fill a Senate vacancy, with the appointee serving until the next regularly scheduled statewide general election ― which will be in 2020.

Licensing laws as barriers to work: Lawmakers mull reforms; link to my full story
Idaho Press
The number of U.S. occupations that require a license has ballooned from about one in 20 half a century ago to about one in four today, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Legislators to iron out logistics of remote 'telehealth' for rural South Dakotans
Aberdeen News
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, these questions are answered differently by state legislatures across the country. 

Count on it: Census results have major impact on state budget and services
Muskogee Phoenix
Over $880 billion are distributed to over 300 federal programs that are dispersed to states based on Census-generated figures, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Aug. 28

Senate-streaming views rose in session, panel told
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Until this year's regular session, the Arkansas Senate had been one of nine in the country that didn't provide video webcasts of sessions in the chambers, though it provided live audio, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

New FL legislation would set 30-year clean energy goal for state
Florida Phoenix
Twenty-nine states in the country have established clean energy  standards, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  
 
NJ Lawmakers Pass Measure Updating Vote-By-Mail Law
NBC 4 New York
New Jersey is one of 28 states that permit voters to get mail-in - sometimes called absentee - ballots without any excuse, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Aug. 27

Senate-streaming views rose in session, panel told
Arkansas Online
Until this year's regular session, the Arkansas Senate had been one of nine in the country that didn't provide video webcasts of sessions in the chambers, though it provided live audio, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. During the previous several years, some on the political right and left had used social media to repeatedly call for the Senate to broadcast its chamber and committee meetings via the Internet.

Tulare County historically suffers among the lowest eligible voter participation
Visalia Times Delta
The National Conference of State Legislatures says the practice is permitted in at least 17 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia.

Column: We’ve been here before; it’s time to pray with our legs
Columbus Dispatch
Talking to my colleagues in other states, I know this is the story in too many statehouses around the country. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Republicans hold both legislative chambers and the governorship in 22 states, Democrats have 14, and 13 states have divided control.

Aug. 26

Women’s Equality in Government? Look to Nevada
U.S. News & World Report
Women make up 28.9% of all state legislators nationwide, the most women elected at one time, reports the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). 
 
Arizona to offer discounted college tuition to undocumented high school graduates
The Hill
Eighteen states have provisions allowing students without legal immigration status to receive in-state tuition, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  
 
'Ready to stomp on it': Documents reveal staggering power of tech giant lobbying
Yahoo Finance
“It was heavily lobbied — the tech folks really did lean in,” Democratic Washington State Rep. Zack Hudgins, one of a group of state lawmakers focused on cybersecurity with the National Conference of State Legislators, said of his state’s privacy measure. 
 
California may join other states in OKing 17-year-old voters
Santa Monica Daily Press
The National Conference of State Legislatures says the practice is permitted in at least 17 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia. 
 
California may join other states in allowing 17-year-old voters
ABC 10
The National Conference of State Legislatures says the practice is permitted in at least 17 states.

Aug. 23

Arizona to offer discounted college tuition to undocumented high school graduates
TheHill.com
Eighteen states have provisions allowing students without legal immigration status to receive in-state tuition, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Those states include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.

Gov. Jay Inslee Ends His 2020 Presidential Bid
TIME
A few additional states have enacted legislation related to clean energy requirements since May, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
California may join other states in allowing 17-year-old voters
ABC 10
The National Conference of State Legislatures says the practice is permitted in at least 17 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia. Some states that use caucuses also allow 17-year-olds to participate, though the rules are generally set by each political party.

Rochester Hills clerk appointed to national election board
The Oakland Press
The board of advisors is a 35-member board made up of representatives from several national organizations like the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Association of Secretaries of State and more.

Aug. 22

Ransomware Attacks Are Testing Resolve of Cities Across America
The New York Times
Five states — California, Connecticut, Michigan, Texas and Wyoming — appear to have laws that refer specifically to “ransomware” or computer extortion, although other states have laws that prohibit extortion and computer crimes such as malware or computer trespass, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee drops out of the presidential race
PBS NewsHour
A few additional states have enacted legislation related to clean energy requirements since May, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

New license plates seen as money grab by some taxpayers
13WHAM-TV
According to a 2016 National Conference of State Legislatures License Plate Policy Update: Florida, Iowa and Michigan have a 10-year plate replacement cycle. Indiana has a 7-year plate replacement cycle. Montana has a 5-year plate replacement cycle, and Nevada has an 8-year cycle.

Lawmakers Call for Ethics Reform to Deal With Billionaire Resort-Owning Governor
ProPublica
Currently, no state requires public officials to use a blind trust while they serve, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Texas, Florida, and Ohio Are Among States That May Have Accidentally Decriminalized Marijuana
Teen Vogue
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 47 states have passed some kind of hemp legislation, often drawing from the Farm Bill to set the legal limit of 0.3% THC.

Aug. 21

Democrats are spending millions to take back state legislatures
PBS News Hour
The Minnesota Senate is one seat away from flipping from red to blue, while the Michigan House is four seats away, according to figures from the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
State Labs. Congress Can Learn a lot From state Legislatures
Governing
One of the most striking differences between Congress and state legislatures, says Bill Pound, who served as executive director of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) for more than 30 years, is how they use time.

When Is Shooting An Intruder Justified?
CBS Chicago
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws in at least 25 states, not including Illinois, said that there is “no duty to retreat” from an attacker in a place that they have a lawful right to be.

School bus crash demonstration shows importance of seat belts to keep kids safe
Today
Only eight states make it mandatory to have seat belts on large school buses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Utah ranked worst for women’s equality — again — with a long way to go to catch No. 49
The Salt Lake Tribune
But women made up nearly a third of the 2019 Idaho Legislature, at 31.4%, while women held 24% of the seats in Utah, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Colorado man who says he was delivering hemp charged in SD with selling marijuana
Rapid City Journal
Noem vetoed a bill in March that would have legalized industrial hemp in South Dakota, which is one of three states (plus the District of Columbia) that doesn't allow hemp cultivation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Cultivation is occurring on some Native American reservations in South Dakota, where growers have asserted tribal sovereignty and federal law. 

Aug. 20

Democrats spending millions to take back statehouses
US News and World Report
The Minnesota Senate is one seat away from flipping from red to blue, while the Michigan House is four seats away, according to figures from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Pennsylvania Democrats need nine seats to control the House and five to take the Senate. In Florida, Democrats are four seats from power in the Senate, while control of the Wisconsin Senate hangs by three. In North Carolina, Democrats could take the Senate by winning five seats, while the House would require them to flip six.

Denver council members will propose plastic bag ban
Denver Post
Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle all ban plastic bags, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
State expands Medicare savings for seniors
The Eagle Tribune
At least 13 other states have taken similar steps to expand eligibility for the Medicare savings programs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Ditch the switch? Call to go on permanent daylight saving time grows
WRCBTV
Nonetheless, so far, legislation to go on year-round daylight saving time has passed in at least seven states, including Delaware, Maine and Tennessee this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Aug. 19

'I feel lucky, for real': How legalizing hemp accidentally helped marijuana suspects
NBCNews.com
The confusion over hemp stems from the 2018 Farm Bill, passed by Congress in December, which made hemp a legal crop to be used in the production of textiles, fabrics, paper, food and health care goods made with cannabidiol, a nonintoxicating extract known as CBD. In order to distinguish hemp from marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law, Congress defined hemp as having less than 0.3 percent of THC. The Farm Bill left it to states to pass their own laws on cultivating hemp; 47 states have done so, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Most of those states adopted the 0.3 percent standard.

Donald Trump is touting voter ID laws as an issue in the 2020 election. Here's why.
USA TODAY
Thirty-five states, including New Hampshire, have some form of voter ID law in place, according to a National Conference of State Legislatures review this year. Those laws are wide-ranging: Some require a photo ID; others allow poll workers to vouch for a voter or let a voter sign an affidavit of identity if he or she doesn't come to the polls with an ID.

New Lawsuit May Scrap Georgia's Reformed Voting System Ahead of 2020 Primary
Newsweek
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, "A DRE records the individual votes and vote totals directly into computer memory and does not use a paper ballot." While other states that use DREs provide voters with a receipt confirming their vote, Georgia does not.

Ditch the switch? Call to go on permanent daylight saving time grows
NBC News
Nonetheless, so far, legislation to go on year-round daylight saving time has passed in at least seven states, including Delaware, Maine and Tennessee this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Oregon was the most recent, approving year-round daylight saving on June 17.

Aug. 15

The Pa. grand jury report on Catholic abuse inspired new laws nationwide. So why didn’t it happen in Pennsylvania?
Washington Post
That’s not to say that Republican-controlled legislatures won’t take action on child sexual abuse. Of the 21 jurisdictions that passed bills changing their statutes of limitations in 2019, nine have Republican-controlled legislatures, and eight have Democratic-controlled legislatures, according to information from Child USA and the National Conference of State Legislatures. (The rest have split legislatures or, in the case of Nebraska, nonpartisan lawmakers.)

Women are traveling far and wide for affordable IVF—here's why it's so expensive
CNBC
Only 16 states — Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas and West Virginia — require insurance companies to have some sort of coverage for families seeking infertility treatments, according to the National Conference of State Legislators. Fourteen of those states require insurance companies to actually cover infertility treatment, but California and Texas have limitations. California specifically excludes IVF from the mandate. Meanwhile, Texas law requires insurance companies to let employers know the coverage is available, but insurers are not required to provide the coverage and employers are not required to include it in their health plans.

Rep. Takayama to Co-Chair NCSL Committee
Big Island Now
Hawai‘i State Representative Gregg Takayama (D-Pearl City, Waimalu, Pacific Palisades) was appointed co-chair of a national steering committee on public-private partnerships on emergency management at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit last week in Nashville, Tenn.

As Tennessee Makes Voter Registration More Difficult, Activists Consider What’s Next
Governing
Pressed on the concerns about the legislation last week at the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures, Hargett was brief and would not get into specifics.
 
Stacey Abrams is fighting voter suppression – but how widespread is it?
The Guardian
As of 2018, 10 states – all with Republican-controlled legislatures – have strict voter ID laws in place, meaning voters without acceptable identification must vote on a provisional ballot and also take additional steps after Election Day for it to be counted, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 
 
Elections board backs online voter registration in 2020
The Brookings Register
The audit proposal comes as South Dakota is one of just seven states that don't require any kind of audit of election equipment, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Aug. 14

Managed lanes? Here's a closer look at Charlie Baker's congestion pricing alternative
Boston.com
And the data is mixed; according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, managed lanes were used across income groups and the top five car models found in the toll lanes were the Ford F-150, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Toyota Camry, and Toyota Corolla. Lexuses, they were not. Chris Dempsey, the director of the advocacy group Transportation for Massachusetts, says those findings speak to the fact that lower-income residents are the ones who stand to benefit the most from a faster trip, even if it comes at a price.

Tennessee Made It Harder to Register Voters. Activists Consider What's Next.
Stateline
Hargett, a defendant in the lawsuit as secretary of state and one of the fiercest advocates for this new law, would not comment on the lawsuit. Pressed on the concerns about the legislation last week at the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures, Hargett was brief and would not get into specifics.

Schools increasingly underfunded as state funding demand grows, study finds
Education Dive
Six in 10 parents and all adults, along with 75% of teachers, say their local schools don’t have enough funds, and state legislators surveyed by the National Conference on State Legislatures also named school funding as their top priority.
 
State expands Medicare savings for seniors
The Daily News
At least 13 other states have taken similar steps to expand eligibility for the Medicare savings programs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Oregon governor supports push for candidates to disclose tax returns to appear on ballot
WRAL
As of May, 16 states and the District of Columbia, representing 196 electoral votes, have joined the compact, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Aug. 13

Medical marijuana commission to hold first meeting
San Francisco Chronicle
NCSL Information Cited.
 
Florida’s ‘broken’ Legislature: ‘Session too quick, term limits too short and lawmakers paid too little’
Orlando Sentinel
California, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio and Massachusetts have what the National Conference of State Legislatures call “full-time” or “full-time lite” legislatures, where the job of being a legislator is a member’s year-round job.
 
Most senators get high marks for attendance
Sentinel & Enterprise
“Sen. Hinds did miss seven roll calls on June 27, 2019 because he was appointed by the Senate president to attend the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Budget and Tax Academy in Washington DC,” said Bethann Steiner, Hinds’ chief of staff.
 
WV lawmakers disagree on gun control after mass shootings
The Herald-Dispatch
The two West Virginia lawmakers are in Nashville for the summer meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Recruiting in Rural America
Inside Higher Ed
Many high schoolers in rural areas live so far away from the nearest university or community college that they have limited exposure to the college experience before finding themselves “sitting in a high-rise building in Chapel Hill,” said Ben Boggs, education program principal for the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Aug. 12

WV Lawmakers Disagree on Gun Control After Mass Shootings
U.S. News & World Report
Fleischauer and Doyle joined lawmakers from 25 states at a press conference Aug. 7 on the steps of the Tennessee statehouse in Nashville calling for red flag laws and other gun control measures. The two West Virginia lawmakers are in Nashville for the summer meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Georgian elected to national legislature position
The Albany Herald
Martha Wigton, the Georgia House Budget and Research Office director, was elected to the position of staff chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures at the 2019 Legislative Summit held recently in Nashville, Tennessee. NCSL, a bipartisan organization, serves the nation’s 7,383 legislators and more than 20,000 legislative staff.

State IT Team Receives National Achievement Award
Big Island Now
The team was presented with the Legislative Staff Achievement Award by the National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT) during a conference in Nashville, Tennessee on Aug 8.

Montana's first red flag bill voted down with little fanfare. After mass shootings, supporters and opposition here remain entrenched
Independent Record
State Rep. Barry Usher, R-Billings, said Friday he'd just returned from a meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures, where red flag laws were a main topic of discussion.

Women make gains at Capitol, but state still lags in female legislators
Tulsa World
Oklahoma is behind the national average. Nationally, women make up 29% of state legislators, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

State leaders share progress on building 'world-class' education systems
Education Dive
Gathering this week at the National Conference of State Legislature’s (NCSL) summit in Nashville, Tennessee, lawmakers from Maryland, Indiana and New Mexico shared what their states have been doing to implement recommendations in a 2016 NCSL report, which suggested relying on “silver bullet” strategies was contributing to disappointing student outcomes and causing states — and, therefore, the U.S. — to fall further behind other nations.

Top immigration official: Those arrested in Mississippi shouldn't have been in country, hired by company
Nashville Tennessean 
"That company hired people that should not — they should not have hired," Enrique Lucero, assistant field director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Thursday as part of a panel discussion on immigration and border security at the National Conference of State Legislatures' annual conference in Nashville.

Aug. 9

'We have to deal with this': Gun policy divide hangs over bipartisan gathering of state lawmakers
Washington Post
After a weekend of bloodshed, state lawmakers from around the country gathered at the Music City Center in Nashville for the Legislative Summit, hosted by the National Conference of State Legislatures. The event, the largest annual gathering of state lawmakers, typically has an upbeat, bipartisan feel. Lawmakers’ name badges identify their home states but not their political parties, encouraging camaraderie and conversation across the partisan divide.

Fleischauer, Doyle working on 'red flag' law
West Virginia MetroNews
Delegates Barbara Evans Fleischauer, D-Monongalia, and John Doyle, D-Jefferson, are taking part in the annual conference of the National Conference of States Legislatures in Nashville. The legislators are working with West Virginia groups to craft the law.

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Vos president of NCSL
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is the new president of the National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan group that serves as a resource to lawmakers across the country.

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Vos president of NCSL
Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3
Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is the new president of the National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan group that serves as a resource to lawmakers across the country. The Republican Vos assumed the role on Thursday during the group's annual meeting in Nashville. He is the first NCSL president from Wisconsin and the group's 47th overall. Vos succeeds Democratic Illinois state Sen. Toi Hutchinson.

Robin Vos becomes president of bipartisan conference of state legislatures
Reedsburg Times Press
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on Thursday became the first lawmaker from Wisconsin to lead a bipartisan conference of state legislatures. Vos, R-Rochester, the longest-serving GOP speaker in Wisconsin history, was officially named president of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) on Thursday after serving as president-elect.

Speaker Saiki Named President-Elect of NCSL
Big Island Now
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) named Hawai‘i House Speaker Scott K. Saiki its president-elect, according to a press release from the Hawai‘i House of Representatives.

Lawmakers rally, call for gun reform in statehouses
Columbia Daily Herald
More than 70 state lawmakers from across the country gathered on the steps of the Tennessee Capitol to call on political leaders to pass gun control reforms in the wake of two mass shootings. The event was held on Wednesday while thousands of lawmakers, legislative staffers and others are in Nashville this week for the annual National Conference of State Legislatures summit.

'We have to deal with this': Gun policy divide hangs over bipartisan gathering of state lawmakers
Washington Post
After a weekend of bloodshed, state lawmakers from around the country gathered at the Music City Center in Nashville for the Legislative Summit, hosted by the National Conference of State Legislatures. The event, the largest annual gathering of state lawmakers, typically has an upbeat, bipartisan feel. Lawmakers’ name badges identify their home states but not their political parties, encouraging camaraderie and conversation across the partisan divide.

Aug. 8

We have to deal with this’: Gun policy debate divides normally bipartisan gathering of state lawmakers
The Washington Post
NCSL Information Cited.

How other states handle SPORTS BETTING — CAR TALK — Green Line DERAILS
Politico
As Massachusetts mulls over plans to embrace sports gambling, a group of lawmakers and staffers from across the country huddled at the National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit in Nashville on Tuesday to discuss how best to regulate the new industry. 
 
Tennessee lawmakers talk future of health care at national conference
NewsChannel5.com
To try to find solutions to rural health care issues in Tennessee, some lawmakers are meeting with representatives from other states to share ideas at a conference in Nashville. The National Conference of State Legislatures is happening in Nashville this week.

North Dakota ends ban on Sunday morning shopping
Philadelphia Tribune
The National Conference of State Legislatures says about a dozen states have some form of Sunday sales laws, but only North Dakota required most retailers to close from midnight to noon on Sundays.
 
Lawmakers rally, call for gun reform in statehouses
Madison.com
NCSL Information Cited.

Aug. 7

New State Taxes Offset Drop In Corp. Tax, NCSL Official Says
Law 360
NCSL Information Cited. 
 
Dolly Parton’s Charisma Transcends Generations, Party Lines And Makes Gov. Lee Blush
Nashville Public Radio
Thousands of state lawmakers from all across the country are in Nashville this week, as part of the National Conference of State Legislatures' summer summit.
 
Def Con draws election officials to Las Vegas to combat hackers
Las Vegas Sun
Nevada is one of 36 states to have used e-poll books in 2018, but it lacked a formal certification process for the vendors at that time, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Gun control: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says it's too 'early' to commit to enacting red flag gun law
The Tennessean
Speaking to reporters on Monday at the National Conference of State Legislatures, Lee would not commit to supporting such a law in Tennessee, where the Republican-controlled legislature this session declined to take up the measure.

Aug. 6

Dolly Parton answered questions Monday from one of her biggest fans: Gov. Bill Lee
The Tennessean
On stage in front of thousands of state lawmakers and legislative staffers from around the country, Gov. Bill Lee on Monday made a joint appearance with one of his favorite Tennesseans: Dolly Parton. At the National Conference of State Legislatures' annual convention held at Music City Center, Lee held a question-and-answer with Parton to kick off the gathering, which lasts through Friday.

America's School Funding Struggle: How We're Robbing Our Future By Under-Investing In Our Children
Forbes
This week, U.S. lawmakers will gather for the annual National Conference of State Legislators meeting to tackle a range of issues, including school funding, which they identified as their top priority earlier this year. 
 
Despite California’s travel ban, lawmakers find ways to visit states with ‘anti-LGBTQ’ laws
Los Angeles Times
Some California officials have cut back on their travel to the states targeted by the law. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) are among the many lawmakers who are opting not to attend the annual summit of the National Conference of State Legislators, scheduled to begin this week in Nashville, Tenn.
 
Dolly Parton at the NCSL Legislative Summit at Music City Center
The Tennessean
NCSL Cited at Opening General Session.
 
Dolly Parton speaks at National Conference for State Legislature
News Channel 5
Lawmakers of all political beliefs are in Music City for the annual National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Governor, lawmakers respond to weekend mass shootings
News Channel 5
News channel 5 caught up with Governor Bill Lee at the National Conference of State Legislatures. He called the events tragic and evil.
 
Short-Term Car Rental Cos. Call For Own Tax Model
Law 360
Companies that facilitate short-term rentals of private vehicles are different from traditional car rental services and shouldn't be similarly taxed, industry representatives told a National Conference of State Legislatures panel.
 
States Should Decouple From Opportunity Zones, Panelist Says
Law 360
NCSL Information Cited.
 
NM gun laws under scrutiny after El Paso shootings
Albuquerque Journal
Similar laws have been enacted this year in more than a dozen states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Senator Alexander did a show-and-tell with the FAFSA form at the NCSL Summit. 
WSMV
Sen. Alexander looks to fix college application program
 
State Rep Roland Gutierrez Calls for Special Session to Address Gun Violence
KSAT 12 News
Gutierrez is currently in Tennessee for the three-day National Conference of State Legislators.

Aug. 5

States Battle Treasury Over Billions in Unclaimed Savings Bonds
The Wall Street Journal
That prompted 24 states to pass legislation creating processes for state governments to obtain legal title to unclaimed bonds, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 
 
Senator works to get billions of dollars in matured savings bonds into hands of owners
Washington Times
In March 2016, the National Conference of State Legislatures estimated there were $17 billion worth of such bonds. Mr. Kennedy’s office puts that figure now at $25 billion, a 47% jump in just three years.
 
At democracy forum, a conversation about relationship between executive, legislative branches
The Virginia Gazette
That’s because it is tougher to slip into political rancor when you think of your political opponent as a person, not a caricature conjured by social media trolls and partisanship, said Toi Hutchinson, a Democratic Illinois state senator and president of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Illinois marijuana growers spent about $600,000 on political giving leading to the pot legalization vote. Here’s where the money went.
Chicago Tribune
Harmon said that dinner took place when he was in California with other lawmakers for a national conference of state legislators and, in his view, it was unrelated to marijuana.
 
Should Childhood Vaccines Become Mandatory in the US?
Healthline
Few states, on the other hand, require adult vaccinations, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

Aug. 1

Ohio Legalizes Hemp, CBD
U.S. News & World Report
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, more than 40 states have passed legislation to establish industrial hemp cultivation and production programs. 
 
Can a California law requiring Trump to disclose his tax returns survive legal challenges?
Los Angeles Times
Ten bills remain active in other states to create the requirement, said Mick Bullock, spokesman for the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Trump Tax Returns Battle: California Law Now Requires Disclosure for Presidential Candidates
Governing
California lawmakers have not been alone in their effort to force presidential candidates to hand over their tax forms. Legislatures in 18 states have considered the issue in recent years, according to a recent tally by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Most -- but not all -- have been in states dominated by Democrats. Few observers, though, expect any of the efforts to lead the president to change his position. Last week, Trump sued to stop the House of Representatives from obtaining a copy of his New York state returns, made available under a bill signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this month.

When It Comes to Data Privacy, States Are Battling Big Tech
Governing
Despite enthusiasm for more privacy rules by legislators and their constituents, many states found themselves bogged down this year in both the details of high tech operations and industry complaints, said Pam Greenberg, a senior fellow for the National Conference of State Legislatures who collected information on state consumer data privacy legislation.
 
Gerrymandering in mind, parties target state legislative races
Roll Call
Still, at least two states have passed bills this year to address the redistricting process, according to Wendy Underhill, a policy analyst at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

California Requires Trump Tax Returns Under New Election Law
New York Times
Nearly a dozen similar bills are active in other states, including New York, New Jersey, Washington and Pennsylvania, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

NY bans teachers, administrators from carrying firearms in school
Newsday
Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming exempt school employees from bans on firearms in schools, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.