NCSL in the News | January 2018

1/2/2018

Jan. 31

Maryland Senate Votes to End Parental Rights of Rapists
U.S. News & World Report
About 45 states and the District of Columbia limit parental rights of rapists, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. About 30 allow or require the complete termination of rights. The other states and the District of Columbia deny or restrict some aspect, such as custody or visitation.

Parents of slain pregnant teacher push for bill named for her and her unborn child
Washington Post
If the proposed legislation passes, the state would join at least 23 others where fetal homicide laws apply to the earliest stages of gestation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Where the movement for work-for-welfare is heading 
Huntington Herald Dispatch
At least 15 states drug test for that program, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Kansas bill would limit lobbying by former state officials 
The Garden City Telegram
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 41 states have some sort of regulation on lobbying after state service. Of those states, 26 ban lobbying for a year.

House training bill to require sexual harassment training 
The Hendricks County Flyer
Rep. Holli Sullivan, R-Evansville, said the National Conference of State Legislators is working on a sexual harassment training program for lawmakers.

Luick running for third term in ND Senate
Wahpeton Daily News
Recently appointed to two National Conference of State Legislatures committees, Luick discussed the importance of balancing district and state responsibilities.

Readers React: Should Utah ban cellphone use while driving?
Standard-Examiner
If the bill passes and becomes law, Utah would become the 15th state to ban hand-held cellphone use while driving, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Jan. 30

Will Pa., states become the new net neutrality battleground? | Monday Morning Coffee
Penn Live
"Net neutrality is going to be a big issue for states in 2018. We expect more and more bills to be filed," Danielle Dean, a policy director for the National Conference of State Legislatures, told Stateline. "The issue will be contentious, and there will be heated conversations about what role states should take."

Guns in schools? Options explored in Kentucky after shooting
WXOW – News 19
At least 11 states have passed laws allowing security officers to carry guns on K-12 school grounds, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Kansas bill would limit lobbying by former state officials
Topeka Capital Journal
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 41 states have some sort of regulation on lobbying after state service. Of those states, 26 ban lobbying for a year.

Pa. is surrounded by states that have raised the minimum wage, but it's still $7.25 here
York Daily Record
Pennsylvania's minimum wage continues to be $7.25 per hour -- the federally-mandated minimum. But, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, all states neighboring Pennsylvania have opted to set a higher minimum.

State may crack down on cheating retailers
The Daily Courier
But such fines pale in comparison to the estimated $350 million that Ed Greenberg, spokesman for the state Department of Revenue, says the National Conference of State Legislatures estimates Arizona loses every year to this kind of cheating. That’s close to one dollar out of every eight the state collects now.

Cannabis Has A Long Ways To Go Before Making It Into ESG ETFs
Investor’s Business Daily
Including the recent legalization in California, the U.S. now counts eight states and the District of Columbia that allow the use of marijuana for adult recreational purposes, according to National Conference of State Legislatures.

1.5 million felons in Florida were stripped of their right to vote. That may soon change
WGNO
What happens to a person convicted of a felony varies from state to state, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures: In Maine and Vermont, felons never lose the right to vote; In 14 states and Washington, D.C., they lose their rights only while incarcerated; In 22 states, they lose their rights until they complete the terms of their sentence, such as parole.

NJ farm workers may not be eligible for $15 minimum wage
WHYY
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, as many as 34 states exempt employees in that sector from their minimum wage laws.

Jan. 29

Analysis: Clash of ideology on health care regulation
San Francisco Chronicle
It was once a federal requirement that all states use such a system, aiming to create a statewide plan for a health system and cut costs by reducing duplication. But the federal government repealed its mandate in 1987, and since then 14 states have repealed their laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Bill seeks to impose tougher penalties for tax scammers
Arizona Daily Sun
But that pales in comparison to the estimated $350 million that Ed Greenberg, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Revenue, says the National Conference of State Legislatures estimates Arizona loses every year to this kind of cheating.

Clash of ideology on health care regulation
Kansas City Star
But the federal government repealed its mandate in 1987, and since then 14 states have repealed their laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures .

Political Insider: Ethics reform advocates pin hopes on Constitution Revision Commission
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
If the six-year lobbying ban becomes law it would be the strongest revolving door law in the nation. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, no state currently has more than a two-year ban on former lawmakers becoming legislative lobbyists.

Where the work-for-welfare movement is heading
Peoria Journal Star
At least 15 states drug test for that program, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin honored as California Tech Champion
Ventura County Star
She also has become an invaluable resource and tech expert for her fellow Assembly members and other state legislators across the country as the chair of the National Conference of State Legislators’ Cybersecurity Task Force, the association said.

Colorado lawmakers seek to expand program that puts an end to “lunch shaming”
The Colorado Independent
There are 17 enacted or pending bills in state legislatures dealing with the issue of making school lunches more affordable, and often specifically addressing lunch shaming, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Press Release: Statement of Senate Majority Leader Gazelka regarding respect in the workplace
Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has already provided Senate staff with research and resources, including best practices from other states and workplaces, which will be used to develop comprehensive recommendations. 

Same-day registration gets push with Galvin backing
Sentinel & Enterprise
Fifteen states and Washington, D.C. offer same-day voter registration, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Population clause in Ohio GOP redistricting plan could enable more gerrymandering - Out of Line: Impact 2017 and Beyond
Cleveland.Com
West Virginia is one of 11 states where the populations vary by more than two people from district to district, according to research published by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Millions of felons can't vote; that might be about to change
NBC2 News
Some 14 states disenfranchise felons while in prison, and another 22 disenfranchise during post-release periods like probation and parole as well, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Kentucky shooting fuels debate on allowing guns in schools
WCPO
At least 11 states have passed laws allowing security officers to carry guns on K-12 school grounds, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures

5 ways election interference will probably get worse in 2018 — and beyond
89.3 KPCC
As of March 2017, 32 states had jurisdictions that used e-poll books, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Jan. 26

Health, Environment Advocates Bullish on Meat Taxes
Bloomberg BNA
Max Behlke, director of budget and tax for the National Conference of State Legislatures, said he is unaware of any credible campaign to impose an excise tax on meat in any state in the country.

Indiana takes small step toward legalizing medical marijuana as House votes to study issue
Indianapolis Star
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 29 states have public medical marijuana programs.

Indiana House backs mandated training on sexual harassment
The Herald-Times
Any training is likely to be done by video. Last week, Bosma and Senate leader David Long of Fort Wayne wrote a joint letter to the National Conference of State Legislatures, inquiring about video that is under production.

Voters could decide on raise
Brookings Register
At least two states – Alabama and Massachusetts – link lawmakers’ salaries to household earnings. Most states leave salaries up to the Legislature, while some use outside compensation commissions to directly set pay or give recommendations, said John Mahoney, a policy associate at the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Idaho House panel reintroduces anti-Sharia law bill
Sacramento Bee
There are 11 states —Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Louisiana, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and Washington —that prohibit the use of foreign law in their state courts as of 2017, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Experts: Proceed with caution under tax overhaul
Sentinel & Enterprise
After testimony from Heffernan and Revenue Commissioner Christopher Harding, Max Behlke from the National Conference of State Legislatures, Noah Berger of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, and Eileen McAnneny of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Kaufman said he was struck that all four presentations called for the committee to "act slow and take no action.

Legislation in Olympia targets sexual harassment in the workplace
The Daily World
The National Conference of State Legislatures couldn’t say how many states have legislation addressing sexual harassment because “policies can range from nondisclosure agreements to sexual-harassment training and are hard to track down.” 

Rep. Davis Introduces Bill to Ban Cash Bail
Afro American
Davis cited a study sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures that said 75 percent of those detained are for non-violent offenses such as traffic violations, property crimes, simple drug possession, or other some minor offense and many will be found innocent, have their charges dropped, or do community service and receive probation.

Flu: The Cost To You & Your Employer
WFMY News 2
How your boss responds may depend on where you live. Seven states plus Washington, D.C., require paid sick leave, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. No federal laws mandate employer-paid sick leave, according to the NCSL.

Jan. 25

Explainer: More US states eye donations to evade Trump tax changes
Reuters
Bills in Illinois, Nebraska, Virginia and Washington are similar to the California measure, which would allow residents to donate to a new state public-purpose “excellence fund” and receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit in return, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Panel Advised Against Hasty Response to US Tax Overhaul
U.S. News & World Report
States looking for quick "workarounds" to the federal law are likely to encounter political or even constitutional obstacles, said Max Behlke, budget and tax director for the National Conference of State Legislatures.

First Read's Morning Clips: If at first you don't succeed, change the laws
NBC News
Senate cost the state $11 million. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 36 other states use the methods outlined in Clouse's bill.

Illinois Senator Donne Trotter Retires
The Chicago Citizen
Senator Toi Hutchinson (D- Chicago Heights): “It is not easy to sum up a career in public service in just a few words. But my knowledge of the budget and revenue process was sharpened in a way that could have only happened with a teacher like Donne Trotter. From his impact on the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators to our statehouse, he challenged us to be better. And that means we as legislators are better for his service.”

Legislation in Olympia targets sexual harassment in the workplace
Seattle Times
The National Conference of State Legislatures couldn’t say how many states have legislation addressing sexual harassment because “policies can range from nondisclosure agreements to sexual-harassment training and are hard to track down.” 

Marion County Election Board to replace precincts with half as many vote centers
Indianapolis Star
According to the National Conference of State Legislators, there are a variety of positive and negative aspects to vote centers: Positively, citizens can vote near home, work or school or anywhere there is a vote center. With fewer locations to staff, election day expenses are reduced and, because of convenience, turnout may increase.

States and Cities Keep the Battle for Net Neutrality Alive
WIRED
After Congress overturned a set of broadband privacy protections last year, lawmakers in 22 states proposed their own privacy rules, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Catherine Rampell: GOP tax law is trouble-filled
Winston-Salem Journal
"How in the world are you going to estimate the revenue here, under these circumstances?" said Max Behlke, director of budget and tax for the National Conference of State Legislatures. "If you think you've got $800 million more that allows you to reduce taxes, and you're off by $400 million, that's kind of a problem."

A couple settled into Room 217 at Best Western. They didn't know they were being poisoned.
Charlette Observer
But most states have no such requirements. North Carolina is one of just 13 states with laws that require hotels to install carbon monoxide detectors, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Day of reckoning awaits state, local taxpayers who ignore online sales tax issue
Jackson Clarion Ledger
The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates that nationally, uncollected sales and use taxes from remote sales total a staggering $26 billion.

Maryland lawmakers' salaries will remain level
Frederick News Post
The National Conference of State Legislatures defines the Maryland General Assembly as a “hybrid legislature,” meaning it is neither full time nor part time and that legislators may need to earn an outside income.

House to vote on cutting 52 seats
Sharon Herald
When the 50 state senators are added, the Pennsylvania General Assembly, with 253 lawmakers, is the largest full-time legislature in the country. Only New Hampshire has more lawmakers, with 424. They are part-time and are paid $200, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Industrial hemp would be legitimate under legislation
The Hendricks County Flyer
Industrial hemp is estimated to be used in more than 25,000 products, including textiles and furniture, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Early voting pays dividend in Cohasset
Wicked Local Cohasset
Thirty-seven states allow for some form of early voting prior to a General Election, according to the National Conference of State Legislators, although guidelines vary state-to-state.

Panel advises against hasty response to US tax overhaul
The Recorder
States looking for quick “workarounds” to the federal law are likely to encounter political or even constitutional obstacles, said Max Behlke, budget and tax director for the National Conference of State Legislatures.

17 companies apply for medical pot licenses in Jefferson County
Pine Bluff The Commercial
Arkansas voters approved the legalization of medical marijuana in 2016, making the state one of 29 in the U.S. with medical-cannabis programs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Would Phil Murphy ask shoppers to pay more to protect the environment?
Asbury Park Press
California is the only state to have prohibited plastic bags in most instances, although all Hawaii counties have their own individual bans, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Experts: Proceed with caution as trillions shift under new tax
Lowell Sun
After testimony from Heffernan and Revenue Commissioner Christopher Harding, Max Behlke from the National Conference of State Legislatures, Noah Berger of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, and Eileen McAnneny of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Kaufman said he was struck that all four presentations called for the committee to "act slow and take no action.

Florida bill would require HPV vaccination for public school students
First Coast News
Senate Bill 1558 would require the HPV shot for all school children. Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington D.C. have similar mandates for the HPV vaccine, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Corporate Money and State Politics
Lynchberg News
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 22 states prohibit corporate donations of any kind, while 22 more states impose limits.

Phil Murphy orders expansion of medical marijuana in New Jersey
NorthJersey.Com
New Jersey is among the 29 states that allow marijuana to be prescribed for medical conditions such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma and multiple sclerosis, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

KENTUCKY HEALTH OFFICIAL INVITED TO SHARE INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES ADDRESSING OPIOID EPIDEMIC AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURES
Berea Online
Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard, Acting Commissioner at the Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), will represent the state during a national Opioid Policy session this weekend. Organized by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), The Opioid Policy Fellows roundtable will discuss opioid addiction and overdose issues. The session runs January 26-28 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Montana Mandates 'Net Neutrality' For State Contracts
MTPR
Attorneys from more than 20 states and the District of Columbia have sued to block the repeal. State legislatures in New York, California and elsewhere have introduced bills promoting net neutrality, but Bullock is the first governor to taken action, according to the National Conference on State Legislatures.

Florida proposed law would require students to vaccinate against HPV
Local 8 Now
If passed, the bill would be called the “Women’s Cancer Prevention Act” and take effect on July 1. Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington D.C. have similar mandates for the HPV vaccine, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

State Sen. Ron Sorvaag to seek re-election to ND Legislature
WDAY 6 
Sorvaag previously served on the International Legislative Committee, CSG Economic Development and NCSL Budgets and Revenue.

Jan. 24

As flu season gets worse, the costs are climbing
How your boss responds may depend on where you live. Seven states plus Washington, D.C., require paid sick leave, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. No federal laws mandate employer-paid sick leave, according to the NCSL.
 
Panel advised against hasty response to US tax overhaul
States looking for quick "workarounds" to the federal law are likely to encounter political or even constitutional obstacles, said Max Behlke, budget and tax director for the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Panel advised against hasty response to US tax overhaul
Massachusetts lawmakers are being urged to avoid hasty or knee-jerk reactions to the new federal tax reform law.
 
Day of reckoning awaits the state and local taxpayers
The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates that nationally, uncollected sales and use taxes from remote sales total a staggering $26 billion.
 
Proposal to shrink Legislature moves forward
The state's General Assembly is the second-largest in the nation, after New Hampshire's, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Its members are the second highest-paid, at $86,479 per year with $179 per diem payments, after California, where legislators make about $104,000 per year and get an additional $183 per day while in session, according to online politics tracker Ballotpedia. 
 
Alabama House votes to end special US Senate elections
The bill does not address other offices in the state. Clouse said the bill aimed to save the state the costs of a special election, saying last year’s contest for U.S. Senate cost the state $11 million. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 36 other states use the methods outlined in Clouse's bill.

Jan. 23

Montana Mandates 'Net Neutrality' for State Contracts
U.S. News & World Report
Attorneys from more than 20 states and the District of Columbia have sued to block the repeal. State legislatures in New York, California and elsewhere have introduced bills promoting net neutrality, but Bullock is the first governor to taken action, according to the National Conference on State Legislatures.

Sexual harassment training required for staff, but not lawmakers. Proposal would change that.
Indianapolis Star
On Monday, he and his counterpart in the Senate, David Long, released a letter they sent last week to the National Conference of State Legislatures, which they said is producing an anti-harassment training video for legislatures across the country.

'Anemic' State Funding Growth
Inside Higher Ed
And reporting last year from the National Conference of State Legislatures found that for the first time since the Great Recession, a significant number of states were facing budget shortfalls.

Anti-Trans Bathroom Debate: How a Local Religious-Right Faction Launched a National Movement
Rolling Stone
The National Conference of State Legislatures counted nine states that considered bathroom bills in 2015; in 2016 that number jumped to 19.

Tennessee, Georgia taking steps to address sexual harassment
Chattanooga Times Free Press
The state House passed a strict harassment policy in March of 2015 and the National Conference of State Legislatures later published the policy on its website as an example for other states to follow, the Decatur Daily reported.

American women are overcoming male 'beliefs'
The Montgomery Herald
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures women hold only 24.9 percent of the seats in our state legislatures.

Bay State bump stock ban could face lawsuit
The Daily News of Newburyport
At least 15 states are also considering bans, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. California already prohibited the sale of bump-fire stocks.

Does industrial hemp hold promise for Hoosiers?
Terre Haute Tribune Star
Industrial hemp is estimated to be used in more than 25,000 products, including textiles and furniture, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Catherine Rampell: New tax plan will force states to scramble
Winona Daily News
“How in the world are you going to estimate the revenue here, under these circumstances?” said Max Behlke, director of budget and tax for the National Conference of State Legislatures. “If you think you’ve got $800 million more that allows you to reduce taxes, and you’re off by $400 million, that’s kind of a problem.”

Merrill: Voting rights are under attack
Greenwich Time
Some 37 states allow early voting either by no-excuse absentee ballots or in person, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Illinois Issues: A Call for Transparency
Peoria Public Radio
California and New York, for example, require candidates to list assets and income sources and amounts, and they and a dozen other states mandate that clients be named unless otherwise legally privileged, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

2 Tennessee Republicans introduce medical marijuana bill
WMC Action News 5
The National Conference of State Legislatures says 29 states have medical marijuana programs, which vary in form.

Jan. 22

New Mexico Considers Switch to Redistricting Commission
U.S. News & World Report
Thirteen states have commissions with primary responsibility for planning state legislative districts, while 10 other states rely on commissions to advise legislators or make decisions when legislators cannot agree, according to the National Conference of State Legislators.

Tennessee, Georgia taking steps to address sexual harassment
Chattanooga Times Free Press
The state House passed a strict harassment policy in March of 2015 and the National Conference of State Legislatures later published the policy on its website as an example for other states to follow, the Decatur Daily reported.

State Senate marks abortion laws for repeal
Gloucester Daily Times
Twenty-two states require abortion facilities to meet surgical center standards, the National Conference of State Legislatures reported soon after the U.S. Supreme Court's 2016 decision striking down a Texas law deemed too burdensome for women seeking an abortion.

Industrial hemp would be legitimate under legislation
Greensburg Daily News
Industrial hemp is estimated to be used in more than 25,000 products, including textiles and furniture, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The GOP tax law doesn't hurt just blue states
The Denver Post
How in the world are you going to estimate the revenue here, under these circumstances?” said Max Behlke, director of budget and tax for the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Hundreds march in Cheyenne to show solidarity during Trump administration
Wyoming Tribune
Wyoming’s state Legislature ranks last in the nation for female representation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In 2016, only 11 percent of elected representatives were women.

One legislator, two jobs
The Hutchinson News
They vary from state to state, “ranging from permissive to prohibitive,” says the website for the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Jan. 19

The GOP tax law doesn't just hurt blue states. It hurts everyone.
Washington Post
“How in the world are you going to estimate the revenue here, under these circumstances?” said Max Behlke, director of budget and tax for the National Conference of State Legislatures. “If you think you’ve got $800 million more that allows you to reduce taxes, and you’re off by $400 million, that’s kind of a problem.” Especially, he adds, since nearly every state is bound by a balanced-budget requirement.

Illinois Seeking "Right to Sunscreen"
Alton Daily News
Seven states have right-to-sunscreen laws on their books. The National Conference of State Legislatures said that in 2017, seven more were looking at them.

Ethics, Conduct, Sexual Harassment Training Held For Legislature
SDPB Radio
Brian Weberg is with the National Conference of State Legislatures. He gave part of the training on recognizing sexual harassment when it occurs. State Senator Deb Peters helped organize the ethics and sexual harassment training. She says the most important takeaway from the training was if a person is uncomfortable by your actions, you’ve done something wrong.

God in Schools? West Virginia Might Be Next As More States Embrace the Bible
Newsweek
Bills that might not "pass constitutional muster" are able to become law to begin with because lawmakers aren't tasked with determing the constitutionality of legislation, said Daniel Thatcher, education program director for the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Radioactive Cancer-Causing Gas Discovered in Elementary School in Kansas City And Parents Weren't Told
Newsweek
The rules are much more strictly enforced within homes—there are 29 states with radon regulation programs mandating that hazards are disclosed upon the sale of a home, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Maine forms autonomous vehicle advisory committee
StateScoop
While 33 states introduced legislation regarding autonomous vehicles in 2017, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Maine is among those without any laws on the books related to how the technology should be managed at the state level.

Training held at Capitol
Brookings Register
The afternoon ethics, professionalism and sexual harassment training from the National Conference of State Legislatures addressed topics including state and federal law and the South Dakota Legislature’s joint rules.

Legislature holds sexual harassment training
Rapid City Journal
The afternoon ethics, professionalism and sexual harassment training from the National Conference of State Legislatures addressed topics including state and federal law and the South Dakota Legislature's joint rules.

Iowans deserve to know price of health services
The Gazette
At least 28 states have some form of a medical price transparency mandate for providers, including all six states bordering Iowa, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Lincoln senator aims to let Nebraska voters decide on medical cannabis
Beatrice Daily Sun
Forty-six states — including Sessions’ home state of Alabama — have legalized some form of medical marijuana in recent years, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Get your kids vaccinated, and urge lawmakers to eliminate philosophical exemption to immunization
Lancaster Online
Pennsylvania is one of just 19 states that allow philosophical exemptions, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Stauffer reported.

2 Tennessee Republicans introduce medical marijuana bill
WSMV Nashville
The National Conference of State Legislatures says 29 states have medical marijuana programs, which vary in form.

New York to look at legalizing recreational marijuana
K5 News
New York is one of 29 states to allow marijuana use for medical purposes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Alaska has the most legislative staff in the country
KTVA 
However, by last year’s legislative session, that number was 453. Those numbers come from the National Conference of State Legislators and Alaska Legislator’s human resources manager.

Gold & Silver PAC January 2018 e-Newsletter
CoinWeek
The National Conference on State Legislatures (NCSL) is recommending that legislature wait for the outcome of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., et. al., scheduled to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in April.

Senate Republicans defeat DACA in-state tuition bill in committee
Richmond.Com
Twenty states currently offer in-state tuition rates for undocumented immigrant students, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Jan. 18

New York to look at legalizing recreational marijuana
New York is one of 29 states to allow marijuana use for medical purposes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
A Call For Transparency
While perhaps far-reaching by Illinois standards, similar disclosure is standard practice at the federal level and in other states.  California and New York, for example, require candidates to list assets and income sources and amounts, and they and a dozen other states mandate that clients be named unless otherwise legally privileged, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
South Dakota lawmakers expected to attend professional development training in Pierre 
Senator Deb Peters said legislative staff and the department of legislative audit are required to attend, and South Dakota legislators, interns, pages, and lobbyists are all encouraged to attend. A few members of the National Conference of State Legislators will go to South Dakota to lead the class. "I think it's important to always continue the conversation," Sen. Peters said. "Obviously, we have let that conversation not be as vocal as far as maintaining this on the forefront of people's minds, maintaining the focus of protecting people, and making sure everybody feels safe in the workplace."
 
Haslam welcomes top court's move to revisit internet sales-tax collection issue
He noted that Tennessee and also the National Conference of State Legislatures "have all said this tax is due and should be paid. It's just a question of how we collect it." 
 
A Democrat won a reliably GOP seat in Wisconsin, causing angst among some Republicans. Not ...
Moreover, Republicans control both the state legislatures and the governors' mansions in 25 states, compared with total Democratic control in seven states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In the other 17 states, power is divided between Republicans and Democrats.
 
Bitcoin Transactions Taxable Under First-of-Kind Vermont Bill
Vermont was the first state to pass blockchain legislation in 2015, according to Heather Morton, program principal in fiscal affairs for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
 
Howard: State Legislature's harassment policy is better, but not good enough
The freshly revised House policy meets many of the recommended elements shared by the National Conference of State Legislatures - a vital, bipartisan resource for lawmakers - such as providing specific examples of inappropriate behaviors and potential disciplinary actions, as well as involving an independent investigator.
 
Henrico students serving as Senate Pages
In 2015, the Virginia General Assembly was recognized with the Kevin B. Harrington Award for Excellence in Democracy Education, presented by the National Conference of State Legislatures to the individual or organization that best informs students and the general public of the value and strength of our form of government.
 
We Road-Test Two Claims About Measure 101, the Only Item on Oregon's January Ballot
"Because self-insured plans are not purchased from an insurance carrier licensed by the state, they are exempt from state requirements and subject only to federal regulation," explains a brief from the National Council of State Legislatures.
 
US state of New Jersey outlaws drunk droning
So far 40 states have enacted laws regarding drones, and threes have adopted resolutions, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Jan. 17

Individual Insight: States Begin Studying the Impact of Federal Tax Reform
Bloomberg BNA
The elimination and modification of deductions such as the personal exemption, mortgage interest deduction, and casualty loss deduction are likely to be revenue raisers for the states. On the other hand, changes to the standard deduction and the new pass-through entity deduction are likely to be revenue reducers, according to an article published by the National Conference of State Legislatures discussing the state impact of federal tax reform.

Wave of lawsuits filed to block net-neutrality repeal
ABC News
State lawmakers have also introduced bills in Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Washington, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks state bills.

Electric bikes can help immigrant workers. But in New York, they're banned.
NBC News
While the federal government regulates the manufacturing and first sale of electric bikes, states decide the laws governing how they can operate, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Md. sexual harassment commission 'ridiculous'
Baltimore Sun
The National Conference of State Legislatures conducted a survey of its members in October, culminating in a basic list of anti-harassment policy components and online links to other states’ anti-harassment policies.

New York to look at legalizing recreational marijuana
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
New York is one of 29 states to allow marijuana use for medical purposes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Frank Kreith, Boulder engineer, fled Nazi Holocaust to live out accomplished, celebrated life
Boulder Daily Camera
"One of his big books was on fluid mechanics," said former colleague Dwight Connor, former director of energy, science and natural resources for the National Conference of State Legislatures. "In his house, in their bedroom, he had a desk, and it was at that desk he wrote the book."

Democrats, unions push for statewide $15 minimum wage
Cecil Whig
The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, but 29 states and D.C. have established higher hourly wage standards, according to the National Conference on State Legislatures.

Transportation Agencies Anticipate a Future with Connected, Autonomous Vehicles
R & D Magazine
We all see the technology and know the migration to automation is coming – 41 states have either introduced or enacted autonomous vehicle legislation since 2012, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

New law means drinking and droning don't mix in New Jersey
KFOR
Seventeen states passed drone-related legislation in 2017, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Sen. Lee of West Fargo to run for re-election
WDAY
Lee, a retired real estate broker, has been active in the National Conference of State Legislatures, serving as chair of the Health Care Committee.

Jan. 16

Drunk droning now illegal in New Jersey
Reuters
At least 38 states are considering restrictions on drone flying this legislative year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The Trump administration has sided with the 'little guy'
The Hill
Over the last decade, the National Conference of State Legislators has found that small business owners pay between eight and 18 percent more than large firms for the same health policy. Why, you might ask? Because small business owners are forced to buy their insurance plans through the individual market, where there are few options. This is unlike large companies who buy insurance in a more competitive market with better-quality plans that cost less.

Term limits in Maryland will never happen
Baltimore Post-Examiner
Fifteen states have term limits for legislators, mostly eight years for each chamber. The National Council of State Legislators has a useful primer on the topic.

State legislative season underway with food bills on the table
Food Safety News
At least 30 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, are already open for new legislative business. Most others will join the legislative season by next month.

Vaccination gap between Lancaster County, rest of Pennsylvania continues to grow
Lancaster Online
Pennsylvania is one of just 19 states that allow philosophical exemptions, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Voter registration drive held at Cook County Jail
Fox 32 Chicago
Laws regarding felons and voting rights vary from state to state. Some states, like Maine and Vermont, never take voting rights away from felons, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

After nine years of no change, is the federal minimum wage irrelevant?
WFBO
At the beginning of this year, 18 states saw their minimum wage go up. Eight states automatically increased their rates based on the cost of living and ten states increased their rates under previously approved legislation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Jan. 15

Word's reaching legislators: Lodging owners want more
The Capital Journal
Sen. Larry Tidemann, R-Brookings, is appropriations co-chairman. Tidemann said South Dakota was “in a unique position” because Sen. Deb Peters, R-Hartford, is chairwoman for the National Conference of State Legislature.

Blue-State Tax Games Could Make the Rich Even Richer
Bloomberg
“I would be surprised if two or three states don’t enact some kind of legislation geared at a workaround,” said Max Behlke, director of budget and tax in the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Washington office. “You have the opposition party saying, ‘We’re going to challenge federal government to protect our taxpayers.’ That drumbeat will go through November.”

North Carolina, land of the fee
News & Observer
Arturo Perez, a fiscal analyst at the National Conference of State Legislatures, said, “Over the last 10 years or so we’ve seen fee increases occur at the state level where in the past it would have been a tax increase.”

Left vs. Right: State pols set to battle over voter rights, guns and unions
NBC News
Hundreds of bills related to the topic were introduced in all 50 states last year, and each has enacted at least one piece of legislation addressing the crisis in some way since 2016, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

WV DHHR: 4 of nearly 900 TANF applicants test positive for drugs
Charleston Gazette-Mail
A representative of the National Conference of State Legislatures told West Virginia lawmakers in 2015 that such programs in other states resulted in few positive tests.

Bidders to grow pot in Arkansas add in perks; educational gifts, charities in plans
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas voters approved the legalization of medical pot in 2016, making the Natural State one of 29 in the U.S. with comprehensive medical-cannabis programs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Oregon lawmakers, lobbyists get sexual harassment training
The Columbian
Oregon’s policy on sexual harassment is highlighted by the National Conference of State Legislatures as an example of a strong one, along with those of Alabama, Hawaii, Colorado and Maryland.

Pennsylvania takes lead on hemp development
Scottsbluff Star Herald
After the 2014 farm bill, the federal government has permitted growing hemp for research, and farmers can cultivate industrial hemp for commercial purposes in at least 20 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Richards served community, state well
Bowling Green Daily News
He previously served on the executive committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures; was on the governing board of the Council of State Governments; and was a member of the National Conference of State House Speakers.

Voter registration drive held at Cook County Jail
Fox 32 Chicago
Some states, like Maine and Vermont, never take voting rights away from felons, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Jan. 12

Wal-Mart raises its lowest wage to $11 an hour, crediting tax cuts and facing competition for workers
Los Angeles Times
Eighteen states raised their minimum wage this year, though only three states and Washington, D.C., have minimums of at least $11, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The women-in-power revolution: In state legislatures, #TimesUp, guys
Washington Post
“What is noteworthy is that, nationally, the percentage of legislators who are women has at last reached 25,” said Katie Fischer Ziegler, a program manager at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

Annapolis' #metoo moment
Baltimore Sun
The National Conference of State Legislatures lists Maryland’s as one of five model policies.

Wal-Mart raises its lowest wage to $11 an hour, crediting tax cuts and facing competition for workers
Los Angeles Times
Eighteen states raised their minimum wage this year, though only three states and Washington, D.C., have minimums of at least $11, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The mystery of NM's Amazon tax take
Albuquerque Journal
The issue of third party sales might be settled if the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear a case stemming from South Dakota’s efforts to tax online sales, said Max Behlke, with the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Oregon lawmakers, lobbyists get sexual harassment training
The San Luis Obispo Tribune
Oregon's policy on sexual harassment is highlighted by the National Conference of State Legislatures as an example of a strong one, along with those of Alabama, Hawaii, Colorado and Maryland.

Legislative Roundup: Legislators learning that lodging owners want more
Watertown Public Opinion
Tidemann said South Dakota was “in a unique position” because Sen. Deb Peters, R-Hartford, is chairwoman for the National Conference of State Legislature.

Galvin sets Sept. 4 for state primary election
Lowell Sun
Massachusetts had been the only state without a primary election date, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  

Legislative roundup: State travel rates, Tapio's political posturing & more
Daily Republic
Sen. Larry Tidemann, R-Brookings, is appropriations co-chairman. Tidemann said South Dakota was "in a unique position" because Sen. Deb Peters, R-Hartford, is chairwoman for the National Conference of State Legislature.

These 18 states are raising the minimum wage in 2018
WXIA-TV
Here’s a breakdown of the 18 states with higher minimum wages in 2018, using information from the National Conference of State Legislatures. These states join the 19 states in 2017 that raised their minimum wages.

PFASs seen as biggest emerging chemical issue for US states
Chemical Watch
"Well, I didn’t see that happening," said Doug Farquhar, programme director for environmental health at the National Conference of State Legislatures. "We saw a pretty active year in 2017 and 2018 is also likely to be an active year."

Massachusetts, Rhode Island Change Primary Dates To Avoid Conflict With High Holidays
Jewish Week
New York, New Hampshire and Delaware are holding statewide primary elections on Sept. 11, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Jan. 11

In Voter Purging Case, Supreme Court Appears Divided
Governing
“You’ve got this push and pull,” says Wendy Underhill, a program director for the National Conference of State Legislatures, a national bipartisan organization that filed a brief supporting Ohio.

New Year, Old Threats
HuffPost
Is it any wonder that the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the National Governors Association, and the National Conference of Insurance Legislators, along with more than 1,000 state government, business, labor, consumer, and health care provider groups, have expressed concerns about AHPs? 

Watch our CES 2018 autonomous car panel: Getting From Here to There
CNET
To discuss the legislative side of things, we'll have a chat with Ben Husch from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Carroll legislators supportive of Gov. Hogan's call for term limits
Carroll County Times
Fifteen states impose term limits on legislators, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Montana can stop Capitol harassment
Montana Standard
The National Conference of State Legislatures surveyed states in October, reviewed state policies and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines.

Galvin sets Sept. 4 primary election date, seeks early voting period
Sentinel & Enterprise
Texas, which will hold its primary on March 6, has the earliest primary elections date this year. Forty-four states will have held their primaries by the end of August, NCSL said. 

These 18 states are raising the minimum wage in 2018
WKYC-TV
Here’s a breakdown of the 18 states with higher minimum wages in 2018, using information from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Should those reporting opioid overdoses get legal immunity?
WSTP 10 News
More than 40 states and the District of Columbia have passed Good Samaritan laws providing some level of immunity to those who report drug overdoses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

'Ballot Box Bullies': Maine GOP Governor Demands Voter ID Law
Rewire
Although 34 states require or request some form of photo identification to be presented at the polls, only seven states have strict photo ID laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

UCA CELEBRATES KING LEGACY WITH PRAYER BREAKFAST
UCA News
A retired teacher, Elliott has been and continues to be a leader in organizations such as the Southern Region Education Board, National Conference of State Legislatures, the Southern Region Education Board, the Women’s Legislative Lobby and the State Innovation Exchange (SiX), a progressive group of legislators from all 50 states dedicated to restoring a sense of political equilibrium to statehouses around the country. 

Why doesn't Massachusetts hold its state primaries earlier?
Boston.Com
While somewhat earlier than usual for Massachusetts voters, it’s still the third-latest state primary date in the country, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Jan. 10

Christie signs bill to prohibit breastfeeding discrimination
6abc.com
New Jersey and 48 other states, along with Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands, already have laws allowing women to breastfeed in public and private locations, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Hogan proposes term limits for General Assembly, live-streaming of floor deliberations
Baltimore Sun
Fifteen states impose term limits on legislators, according to the National Conference on State Legislatures. Six other states have imposed such limits, but the policies have been thrown out by courts or repealed. 

Leonard: Sessions needs to 'back off' on marijuana
The Detroit News
Forty-six states have some form of medical marijuana law, and eight allow for recreational use of the drug, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Missing teen found; three charged with custodial interference 
Bowling Green Daily News
One in seven young people between 10 and 18 years old will run away with 75 percent of runaways being female, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Louisiana governor to Trump: Don't prosecute medical pot
The Spokesman-Review
Forty-six states have legalized some form of medical marijuana, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Gov. John Bel Edwards asks Trump not to prosecute medical marijuana
The Advocate
Forty-six states have legalized some form of medical marijuana, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

State primary election set for Sept. 4
South Coast Today
Texas, which will hold its primary on March 6, has the earliest primary elections date this year. Forty-four states will have held their primaries by the end of August, NCSL said.

Jan. 9

Frigid temps spark controversy in Baltimore schools
Politico Pro
Proposals pending in Tennessee and Washington state would compel schools to offer the products at no cost regardless of their low-income population, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, while a proposal pending in New York targets schools serving many low-income students.

New Hampshire Bills Target Vehicles That Don't Guzzle Enough Fuel
Planetizen
If either of the two bills pass into law, New Hampshire will find itself in a growing list of states that charge similar fees for hybrids and/or electric vehicles, from $50 in Wyoming and $64 in Virginia to $200 in West Virginia and Georgia, according to a data provided by Kevin Pula, Transportation Policy Specialist fo the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Christie signs bill to prohibit breastfeeding discrimination
San Francisco Chronicle
New Jersey and 48 other states, along with Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands, already have laws allowing women to breastfeed in public and private locations, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

People who were adopted in Missouri can get access to birth records
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
In at least nine states — Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island (for those 25 and older) and Oregon — adult adoptees have complete access to those records, according to Nina Williams-Mbengue, a program director at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Congress in the driver's seat on self-driving cars
Washington Examiner
Already, 21 states have passed bills related to autonomous vehicles, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

State Rep. Jody Richards Announces He Will Not Seek Another Term
LEX18 Lexington KY News
He previously served on the Executive Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures; was on the governing board of the Council of State Governments; and was a member of the National Conference of State House Speakers.

The only seven states in the country that require employers to offer sick time
WQAD
There are no federal laws that force employers to provide paid sick leave to employees, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.   

Jan. 8

Blue-state officials plot response to GOP tax law
The Hill
But Max Behlke of the National Conference of State Legislatures said it could be challenging for states and localities to cut taxes that are used to fund programs like education, since constituents wouldn’t want to see spending on schools reduced. “Most states don’t have a lot to cut” on the spending side, Behlke said.

Medical marijuana seen at risk following move by Sessions
Los Angeles Times
Forty-six states — including Sessions' home state of Alabama — have legalized some form of medical marijuana in recent years, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

State fiscal '19 budget focus as hearings start
Arkansas Online
Since the end of the recession, states have experienced a slow and steady rebound in tax revenue, according to a report released Friday by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Free tampons for girls, an end to 'meal shaming' — and more in new state laws affecting schools
Washington Post
While national attention was focused in 2017 on the first year of the Trump administration, state legislatures around the country were busy, passing more than 21,000 new laws, according to the National Conference on State Legislatures. Some of those affect public schools, as does actions taken by some state boards of education.

Bill seeks to stop drone use to spy on people, harass cows
Lincoln Journal Star
If the measure passes, Nebraska would join 40 other states with laws regulating drones, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Possible lifting of GRT exemptions worries Guam chamber
Marianas Variety
“Based on best practices by the National Conference of State Legislatures, policymakers should review tax expenditure reports, which include exemptions, deductions, credits, exclusions, or other deviations from the normal tax structure in order to determine whether tax expenditures should be continued, modified, or eliminated,” OPA said.

After tax cuts for the wealthy, it's time to raise NC's minimum wage
News & Observer
Federal minimum wage: $7.25 N.C. minimum wage: $7.25 States with a higher minimum wage: 29 Year of last increase in the federal minimum wage: 2009 What would it be if adjusted to inflation since then: $8.47 Some other states’ hourly minimum wages: Ohio $8.30; New Jersey $8.60; Florida $8.25; Arizona $10.50; California $11; Washington $11.50 Source: National Conference of State Legislatures

Medical Marijuana Seen at Risk Following Move by Sessions
Newsmax
Forty-six states — including Sessions' home state of Alabama — have legalized some form of medical marijuana in recent years, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Eight of those states also allow recreational marijuana.

What's On Tap At The Washington Capitol This Session?
OPB News
Washington is one of 23 states that allow guns in the capitol building, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

OKLAHOMA VIEWPOINTS: Not in it for the money
Stillwater News Press
Oklahoma law prohibits legislators from collecting two government incomes, according to the NCSL.

Jan. 4

It just got more difficult for your boss to access your Facebook account
MarketWatch
The law makes Vermont the 26th state to establish a right to privacy on social media for employees, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Meanwhile, in 15 states and the District of Columbia, similar laws exist to protect students, and Wisconsin even has a statute that applies to tenants and landlords.

Lawmakers push right-to-work for 2020 ballot
Akron Beacon Journal
The nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures says nine states have right-to-work amendments in their constitutions. Ohio could be No. 10 in 2020.

Medical marijuana shops provide insights
Columbus CEO
Ohio, which passed its law in 2016, is one of 29 states to permit the medical use of marijuana, according to the National Council on State Legislatures. 

Senator questions Compensation Commission
Dover Post
The NCSL says low legislative pay is a problem. The annual salary of a legislator in 2017 was 10 percent lower than it was in 1970, adjusted for inflation. Pay is important, says the NCSL, to attract qualified candidates.

State legislators shouldn't be in it only for the money
Enid News & Eagle
Oklahoma law prohibits legislators from collecting two government incomes, according to the NCSL.

Del. Ken Plum: Virginians Can Be the Winners!
Reston Now
Wyoming’s law provides for a coin toss to pick the majority party. Indiana, Montana and South Dakota break a tie by selecting the party of a top official like the governor, the NCSL report said.

Galvin mulls date for 2018 state primary
Lowell Sun 
Only Louisiana is scheduled to hold a primary election later than Massachusetts in 2018, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the earliest is Texas, which will hold its primary on March 6. Forty-four states will have held their primaries by the end of August, NCSL said. 

Schools seek volunteer reading coaches
Taft Midway Driller
In fact, 88 percent of students who failed to earn a high school diploma were struggling readers in third grade. (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2014).

Jefferson and Lehigh want to be at forefront of hemp, pot's strait-laced sibling
Philly.Com
Following the 2014 Farm Bill, the federal government has permitted growing hemp for research, and farmers can cultivate industrial hemp for commercial purposes in at least 20 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The 7 Most Important Sales Tax Compliance Considerations for Retailers
Accounting Web
Refer to the National Conference of State Legislators’ (NCSL) chart, covering state-by-state escheatment statutes and unclaimed property legislation, for more details. 

Loophole That Allows Fentanyl Deliveries Remains A Major Issue
TheFix.Com
Still, Wolff said he is “optimistic that Congress will act soon,” since the bill has the support of organizations including the National Council of State Legislators, Fraternal Order of Police and the American Medical Association.

Jan. 3

In auto industry home, Michigan tries to accommodate bikes
The Seattle Times
Nine more tell drivers to pass at an unspecified safe distance, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Several new delegates form caucus to reduce corporate money in Virginia politics
Roanoke Times           
Twenty-two states prohibit corporate donations, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The average age of Minnesota legislators is getting older — but that may be about to change
MinnPost
While the average Minnesotan is 47, the average Minnesota legislator is 57, according to a study by the National Conference of State Legislatures on the demographics of legislators in all 50 states that used data from 2015.

California and Texas clear hurdles Marijuana milestones
Youngstown Vindicator
Seventeen others, including Texas, allow only low-THC medical cannabis, according to research from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The average age of Minnesota legislators is getting older — but that may be about to change
Akron Beacon Journal
The nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures says nine states have right-to-work amendments in their constitutions. Ohio could be No. 10 in 2020.

Sec. of State Galvin facing conflicts for picking state primary date
Greenfield Recorder
Massachusetts is the only state without a primary election date, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Hundreds of new laws to take effect in 2018
The Southern Illinoisan
While efforts to approve such scholarship programs are difficult, nearly 20 states have them, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Snubbing FCC, States Are Writing Their Own Net Neutrality Laws
Fast Company
In all, 22 states have introduced some legislation responding to the rollback of ISP privacy regulations, according to a compilation by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Many colleges don't track suicide rates, even as campus carry policies spread
ThinkProgress
More than 23 states let colleges and universities make decisions about concealed guns on campus and 16 have banned guns altogether, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Jan. 2

States May Weigh Alternatives if Congress Kills Health Mandate
CQ
Another 18 states have statutory or state constitutional language that effectively bars the state government from implementing or enforcing an insurance mandate, according to the National Conference on State Legislatures. 

Podcast: States face challenges under Trump’s tax law
The Hill
Featured: National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

New Nevada law aims to tackle opioid epidemic
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Nevada is among 17 states that have enacted legislation limiting the number of days of an initial opioid prescription or capping prescription strength, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Hundreds of new Ill. laws to take effect in 2018
Bloomington Pantagraph
While efforts to approve such scholarship programs are difficult, nearly 20 states have them, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

New Maryland medical marijuana shops provide insights for Ohio
The Columbus Dispatch
Ohio, which passed its law in 2016, is one of 29 states to permit the medical use of marijuana, according to the National Council on State Legislatures.

Lehigh University wants to be at forefront of hemp, pot's straight-laced sibling
Allentown Morning Call
Farmers can grow industrial hemp for commercial purposes in at least 20 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Oklahoma panel slashes legislative pay
The News Tribune
Oklahoma law prohibits legislators from collecting two government incomes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Louisiana information technology under review, as state saves millions from consolidating efforts
The Advocate
Rep. Barry Ivey (R – LA)... He's on the National Conference of State Legislatures' task force on cybersecurity.

New year, new laws: A look at Louisiana's new rules set to take effect for 2018
The Advocate
Several other states have passed similar laws, including Illinois, Virginia, Alaska, Arkansas and Texas, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Which States Have Paid Family Leave? New York Rang In 2018 With Big Changes
Bustle
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, New York is the fourth state to pass and implement paid family leave.

Bills Would Raise Fees For NH's Electric And Hybrid Car Owners
New Hampshire Public Radio
Eleven states from California to Georgia currently impose fees of between $50 and $200 on EVs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.