NCSL in the News | September 2019

9/30/2019

Sept. 30

Washington idle as ransomware ravages cities big and small
Politico
Without help from Washington, state and local governments are acting on their own. At least five states — California, Connecticut, Michigan, Texas and Wyoming — have passed laws to explicitly criminalize ransomware and computer extortion, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

A 12-year-old with epilepsy pushes Washington DC to change medical marijuana policy
ABC News
With its passage, Washington D.C. joins eight states that have put a similar law on the books -- though the number is a fraction of the 33 states -- in addition to the District of Columbia -- that allow medicinal marijuana at all, according to the National Conference of State Legislators.

New fuel taxes kick in Tuesday for Arkansas drivers
Arkansas Democrat & Gazette
Since 2013, 31 states and the District of Columbia have enacted legislation to increase -- or possibly increase -- fuel taxes, the National Conference of State Legislatures reported. But Missouri's voters in 2018 blocked a planned increase in that state's motor fuels tax.

Pennsylvania governor now supports legalizing marijuana
New York Daily News
Eleven states have approved the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, although only two state legislatures, in Vermont and Illinois, have passed bills to legalize marijuana, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Otherwise, voters in the other states legalized marijuana through referendum, an avenue that Pennsylvania law does not allow. 

Why is automatic voter registration taking so long?
Charleston Gazette Mail
In those places, automatic voter registration through DMV offices was implemented in a matter of months, with Georgia coming online first in September 2016, and Washington being the laggard, with a June 2018 implementation. That’s according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Stun gun sales growing in Mass.
The Eagle Tribune
Besides Massachusetts, stun guns are legal in 42 states including New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In most cases, owners must be at least 18 years old and not have a felony record.

North Dakota to study livestreaming legislative meetings
The News & Observer
North Dakota is one of only eight states that don't provide live webcasts of at least some committee hearings, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Sept. 27

When Teens Are in Violent Relationships, Should Principals Step In?
Education Week
Over 20 states have laws that address teen dating violence, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Wolf backs legal marijuana
York Dispatch
Eleven states have approved the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, although only two state legislatures, in Vermont and Illinois, have passed bills to legalize marijuana, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Illinois has a new 'cannabis czar'
Crain’s Chicago Business
Hutchinson has served in the Senate since January of 2009. She chairs the influential Revenue Committee. She’s also the Immediate Past President of the National Conference of State Legislatures. She became the NCSL’s President-Elect two years ago.

Colorado’s plan to avoid a water shortage needs money. Is a tax on sports betting the answer?
The Colorado Independent
Thanks to last year’s Supreme Court ruling, Colorado could become the 19th state, not including DC, where sports betting is legal, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Pa. Gov. Wolf now supports legalizing marijuana
Times Leader
Eleven states have approved the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, although only two state legislatures, in Vermont and Illinois, have passed bills to legalize marijuana, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Otherwise, voters in the other states legalized marijuana through referendum, an avenue that Pennsylvania law does not allow.

North Dakota studying pros and cons of recreational pot
NewsCenter1
Eleven states already have legalized recreational marijuana use and it’s under consideration in 15 more, said Karmen Hanson, program director of Behavior Health at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

ND Capitol brings heat over pot
KFYR TV
Karmen Hanson works for the National Conference of State Legislators, based in Colorado. “What I get a lot of questions about are the impacts on transportation, driving under the influence, the social affects that come along with it," Hanson said.

Sept. 26

Under Secretary Menezes to Give Closing Keynote Address at National Tribal Energy Summit
Department of Energy
This week, Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes will give the closing keynote address at the National Tribal Energy Summit in Washington, D.C.

Study on potential impacts of legalizing marijuana draws skepticism
Bismarck Tribune
Eleven states and three U.S. territories have legalized recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 and older, according to Karmen Hanson, program director for the National Conference of State Legislatures. Fifteen states have ballot measures in the works or are rumored to have bills legalizing recreational marijuana in upcoming legislative sessions, she said.

Gov. Whitmer doesn't like the GOP budget. Here are her options.
Detroit Free Press
The following is compiled from guides published by Michigan government agencies and the National Conference of State Legislatures, and from interviews with Timmons and other attorneys who have worked in state government.

Mount Carmel Health System raising minimum hourly wage to $15
The Columbus Dispatch
No states had a mandated hourly minimum wage of $15 or higher as of Jan. 1, according to data collected by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Contra Costa County promotes benefits of voting by mail
The Richmond Standard
The bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) noted a 2016 study from the Pew Charitable Trusts that found the costs to run elections in Colorado decreased substantially with help from all-mail voting.

Florida Republicans lead revived House drive to boost, accelerate elections security funding
KPVI 6 News
According to a 2018 analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures, 38 states now require voluntary federal testing and certification of election systems, although eight states do not require any sort of testing or certification.

Sept. 25

Activists Say New Laws To Protect Critical Infrastructure Aim To Silence Them
WAMU 88.5
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, nine states have adopted similar laws over the last few years. The laws that increases penalties for certain crimes, making trespassing on and disrupting critical infrastructure a felony.

Democratic Party of Arkansas lowering fees for hopefuls; cuts target GOP seats
Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Both major political parties in Arkansas have had filing fees for state legislative candidates that average the highest in the nation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The state is one of three, along with Delaware and Alabama, where the filing fee amounts are set by political parties, not the state.

How common are data breaches — and what can you do about them?
Tampa Bay Times
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, every U.S. state and territory has laws that require companies or government agencies to alert people to data breaches of their personal information.

Meridian to hold public hearing on hand-held phone ban for drivers
Meridian Press
Twenty states ban hand-held cellphone use while driving, including Oregon, Washington and Nevada, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Idaho law only bans texting while driving, not other types of use.

Bringing net neutrality back to Pennsylvania
The Reporter
As of May 2019, there had been net neutrality bills or resolutions introduced in 29 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Sept. 24

Summit to Spotlight Health of Ky.'s Youngest Population
SurfKY News
This year’s keynote speaker will feature Doug Farquhar, from the National Conference of State Legislatures, who will discuss children’s exposures and policy.

Grant helps UConn and tribe grow crops in high tunnels
Daily Campus
In the U.S., there are 593 federally recognized tribes. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is one of the two federally recognized tribes in the state of Connecticut, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures website.  

13 Investigates: How many students have measles vaccination at your child's school?
ABC 13 Eyewitness News
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 45 states offer some type of non-medical vaccine exemption–either a religious exemption for parents who object to required vaccines because of religious grounds or a personal exemption for objections to vaccines on personal belief or philosophical grounds.

JOHNSON: Why Louisiana Must Elect A Republican Governor In 2019
The Hayride
Every year, the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures publishes a comprehensive report on the tax policies of each jurisdiction, and Louisiana’s statistics have been jaw-dropping on John Bel’s watch. NCSL data cited.

Sept. 23

Some North Dakotans turn to Canada for prescription pills
AP
Several states have enacted laws in recent years related to prescription drug prices, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Progress on climate change is happening — everywhere but Washington
San Francisco Chronicle
NCSL Information Cited

Preparing for pot: North Dakota lawmakers to examine implications of marijuana legalization
Grand Forks Herald
The interim Judiciary Committee meeting at the state Capitol will feature presentations from leaders of two separate ballot measure campaigns, as well as a top law enforcement official, the state’s top medical marijuana regulator and an official from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Sept. 20

We Can Challenge Systemic Racism One School District At A Time
Forbes
I know it’s not always easy to get this alignment right. That was true for me as an executive at Microsoft and when I led the Gates Foundation as CEO, and at times, it’s still challenging today as I lead my own foundation. But as I discussed with elected officials from around the country a few weeks ago at the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) annual summit in Nashville, it’s especially true for policymakers and how they finance public schools in their states.
 
New Mexico Unveils Bold Plan To Offer Free College For All State Residents
The Huffington Post
Citing data by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Times reported that, as of last year, 17 states had programs offering free tuition ― mostly at 2-year colleges ― to at least some students.
  
Supporters of hands-free cellphone bill want answers for stall
Boston 25 News
Massachusetts is now the only state in New England that doesn't have a hand-held cellphone ban for all drivers, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Utah joins nearly 2 dozen US states spending on 2020 Census
Casper Star Tribune
States spending the most money are largely led by Democrats and include Illinois, New York and California, which is spending the most at $187 million, according to data provided by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
To rein in cities, Texas tries to ban their lobbying
Union Bulletin
At least 35 states plus the District of Columbia have no restrictions on using public money for lobbying, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  
He was labeled a sex offender as a teen. Now he is challenging the law that made him register as one.
NJ.com
Currently, 12 states and the District of Columbia do not require juvenile sex offenders to register, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Sept. 19

New Mexico Announces Plan for Free College for State Residents
The New York Times
As of 2018, 17 states had programs promising free college to at least some students, according to an analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Most Orange County employees will see at least a 4% pay hike Oct. 1
Orlando Sentinel
Eighteen states began 2019 with higher minimum wages, including Florida, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

'We have to do something': Michigan school district considers arming staff
The Detroit News
The vast majority of states generally prohibit firearms in K-12 schools, according to the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures, with most making some exceptions to their laws.

‘I’m very scared about our future’: Florida billionaire pitches jungle primary to fight political extremism
Politico
Florida is one of nine states with a closed primary system in which voters must register as a member of a party in order to participate, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

3 Georgia Teens Shot And Killed In Alleged Botched Robbery Attempt
Huff Post
At least 24 other states have similar versions of the law, 10 of which, including Georgia, explicitly state that an individual may “stand his or her ground.” That’s according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, a nonpartisan legislative organization.

Sept. 18

To Rein in Cities, Texas Tries to Ban Their Lobbying 
Pew Charitable Trusts
At least 35 states plus the District of Columbia have no restrictions on using public money for lobbying, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

State panel gets rolling on effort to solve highway funding shortfall
The Times Record
At least 27 states and the District of Columbia have increased gas taxes and added funding sources since 2013, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

US cattle states seek to rein in substitute meat labelling 
Financial Times
“The cattlemen are quite concerned,” said Doug Farquhar, program director for environmental health at the National Conference of State Legislatures. “If you are able to grow this stuff rather than raise cattle, you are going to turn this entire market on its head.” 
 
Alabama women mobilize for the 2020 election 
AL.com
According to the National Conference of State Legislators, women make up 15.7 percent of the state legislators in Alabama.

Sept. 17

Lawmakers want tighter rules for vaccines 
The Eagle-Tribune
At least 10 other states are considering stricter laws in response to the spike in measles cases, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Health care tangle calls for bold choices 
The Topeka Capital-Journal
Experts from the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Kansas Health Institute gave their takes, as lawmakers listened and gave their own commentary.

Georgia man shot and killed three masked teens as they attempted to rob him at his home
ABC Action News
Georgia is one of at least 10 states with self-defense laws that include language stating a person may "stand his or her ground," according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Sept. 16

Next State Legislative Session May Wrap Early for Campaigning
The Wall Street Journal
NCSL Information Cited

North Dakota’s new ethics regulations may make politics less transparent
The Jamestown Sun
The occasion was a summit put on by the National Conference of State Legislatures, an organization our state legislature belongs to (annual dues were $129,770 this year).

Mass. lawmakers want tighter rules for vaccines
The Daily News
At least 10 other states are considering stricter laws in response to the spike in measles cases, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Sept. 13

Democrats need to ensure that disabled children have equal access to health care
USA TODAY
As a result, many medical professionals turn these patients away. The National Conference of State Legislatures reports that only 20% of dentists nationwide treat Medicaid patients. It’s almost certain that even fewer treat those with special needs. Across all of health care, about 70% of doctors accept new Medicaid patients.

Kansas lawmakers looking to other states for ways to control health costs
The Topeka Capitol-Journal
Becker, who works for the nonpartisan National Conferences of State Legislatures, said Louisiana, Maine and Minnesota moved this year to block consumer co-payments higher than the full cost of a drug. 

NC's epic and brazen legislative shenanigans? They're historic.
Raleigh News & Observer
Many other states have a tougher standard for veto overrides by requiring a super-majority of the entire body, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, a nonpartisan national organization. Twenty-eight states require at least a three-fifths majority of those elected to override a veto.

Questions Iowans should ask before electric scooters zip into their towns
DesMoinesRegister.com
At least 19 states had adopted some sort of legislation aimed at e-scooter rentals as of August, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). None of them addressed liability issues, although California has a pending bill requiring operating companies to maintain general liability coverage. Only seven states addressed minimum age requirements for riders (Utah allows 8-year-olds to ride).

Sept. 12

How Some States Could Be Discouraging Electric Car Ownership With ‘Extremely Punitive’ Fees
Forbes
In the meantime, here’s a rundown of the states that currently charge electric-vehicle owners added fees according to CR’s report and additional information from the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Helium Balloons! So Festive. So Awful for the Environment.
Stateline
Such legislation was introduced in another nine states this year. Of those, five failed, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Bills are still pending in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York.

New school buses in Iowa will be required to have seat belts starting next month
Des Moines Register
Eight states have laws requiring seat belts on school buses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. They are Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Texas.
 
Only one statehouse recall effort is still standing in Colorado. It could be the last of its kind.
Colorado Independent
Wendy Underhill, who studies elections issues for the National Conference of State Legislatures, said that because a recall already has been successful in Garcia’s district, the precedent might smooth the path for the current recall effort.  But, she said, it’s still very difficult. 
 
Nashville student starts petition for 4-day school week
Fox 17 Nashville
Research from The National Conference of State Legislatures said that about 560 school districts in 25 states have four-day school weeks.
 
Certificates of Need: Why You Need to Understand the Certificates Ahead of a Transaction
JD Supra
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 38 states have a CON program or a variation thereof. 

Sept. 11

Interest in reforming Colorado’s system to recall elected officials is building — on both sides of the aisle
Colorado Sun
“Not all states permit recalls,” said Wendy Underhill, who studies recall statutes as part of her work leading the elections and redistricting program at the National Conference of State Legislatures, based in Denver. “In the states that don’t permit recalls, you might say that the next coming up election is the recall.”
 
Wisconsin clerks are looking for poll workers. If you're a political partisan, here's why they want you.
Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
Forty-eight states require a partisan makeup for their crews of poll workers to help ensure elections are fair, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
States Continue To Tackle Rising Drug Costs
Wisconsin Public Radio
Thirty-three states have passed laws pertaining to pharmacy benefit managers or PBMs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 
 
SID SALTER: Mississippi Legislature's look, leadership likely to change after elections
Meridian Star
Nationally, the demographics of America’s state legislators are far different than Mississippi’s numbers indicate, according to data available from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Advocates seek homes for research dogs, cats
The Daily News of Newburyport
At least 11 states, including Connecticut and New York, require research animals to be offered for adoption, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Republican lawmaker wants to update the rules for recalls in Colorado
9News.com KUSA
The National Conference of State Legislatures, which is based in Lowry, has researched recall laws across the nation. Currently, 20 states and Washington D.C. give voters the power to recall. Colorado has a recall system similar to Arizona, California, D.C., Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon and Wisconsin.

Wardner predicts North Dakota Legislature will eventually livestream committee meetings
The Dickinson Press
Though the Legislature livestreams its floor debates on its website, North Dakota was one of eight states that didn't have live webcasts of at least some committee hearings as of March 2018, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Laurentian Bank Securities Inc. Initiates Analyst Coverage of Liberty Defense and Technology Transfer Award
Yahoo Finance
Recently, Bill Riker and COO and US President Aman Bhardwaj were invited to present a briefing on HEXWAVE's 3D active threat detection technology at the annual training conference of the National Legislative Service and Security Association (NLSSA) summer meeting in Tallahassee, Florida . The NLSSA is a group committed to the professional development of career legislative and security professionals, including the Sergeants-at-Arms from the 50 US State Capitals. This association is integral to the mission of securing the capitals in all 50 states.

Sept. 10

Trump says state Republican parties are canceling primaries because they ‘don’t want to waste their money’
Washington Post
In South Carolina, for instance, the state pays the costs of holding a primary, while in Arizona, the state reimburses counties a certain amount per active voter, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

North Dakota lawmakers' social media use left to their best judgment despite some questionable posts
Bismarck Tribune
Eight states have adopted legislative social media usage policies, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 
 
Juvenile offenders at two upstate lockups could be held in solitary under new rules pitched by Cuomo administration, child advocates warn
New York Daily News
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, fewer than half of all states have banned solitary for juveniles. 
 
Why using Ohio BMV list to register voters misses many: far fewer young people drive
Cleveland News
Traditionally, driver’s licenses or state-issued IDs were required for online voter registration across the country - this was because a signature was on file with the state, but some states now offer online alternatives, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 
 
WOMEN, YOUNG PEOPLE MAY FACE BARRIERS TO JOINING WYO. GOVERNMENT
Oil City News
State legislators across the country had an average age of 56 compared with the average age of the general adult population in the United States of 47. That is according to the National Conference of State Legislators, using 2015 data.

Sept. 9

Call ‘cut!’ on exorbitant film subsidies
Albuquerque Journal
According to a January 2018 survey by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the following are our neighbors’ annual caps: Colorado $1.25 million, Oklahoma $4 million, Nevada $10 million. Texas and Utah annually appropriate varying amounts.
 
Arizona boards waste little time approving professional licenses under new law
Tuscon Daily
The National Conference of State Legislatures reported that where one job in 20 required an occupational license 60 years ago, the number is one in four today.
 
Inslee’s unprecedented veto deserves scrutiny
The Columbian
This is not unique; according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 44 governors have the ability to eliminate parts of a bill, though the scope of that ability varies from state to state. 
 
Editorial: Increasing Utah's female voter turnout will bring more wins to the state
Daily Herald
Utah County has seen an increase in women in city councils and as mayors. But in the 2019 Utah Legislature, there were 25 women represented in the House and Senate out of 104 total seats equating to 24%; the rate of representation is among the lowest 15 states in the country, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Kentucky mulls pay-by-mile fees to replace gas tax
WDRB
Among states bordering Kentucky, only Illinois and Ohio don't have fees on alternative-fuel vehicles, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

When paying your debt isn't really paying your debt
Moscow-Pullman Daily News
Throughout the U.S., about one in four occupations require a license, up from one in 20 about 50 years ago, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Roughly one in three adults in the U.S. has some sort of criminal record.

Sept. 6

Redistricting fights rage with future of Congress at stake
The Hill
“You’re still seeing the effects of the 2010 redistricting,” said Tim Storey, an expert on state legislative elections who heads the National Conference of State Legislatures. “Democrats are fighting an uphill battle against the maps in many places.” Both Democrats and Republicans are keenly aware of what’s at play next year. At a recent conference of state legislators, Storey said the halls were abuzz over elections that are still more than a year away. “There is tremendous amount of anticipation in terms of this election,” Storey said. Legislators “are as ready and in campaign mode as they’ve ever been this far out.”

How State Races Starting This Fall Will Shape Congress for the Next Decade 
TIME
They soon learned. In 2010, the Tea Party wave washed 681 Democrats out of legislative seats right before new battle lines could be drawn, according to data tracked by the National Conference of State Legislatures, giving the GOP the opportunity to cement its advantage in competitive congressional districts. In all, Democrats lost 958 state legislative seats during Obama’s presidency.

NJ gave out $11B in tax incentives. Was it just a waste of money? 
NJ.com
Among those testifying before lawmakers on Thursday was Jackson Brainerd, a policy specialist with the National Conference of State Legislatures, who has noted that despite enthusiasm nationwide for corporate tax incentives, many economists doubt they are an efficient use of public money. Brainerd said incentives often fail to meet their stated goals and often have a negative impact on state’s fiscal health. At the same time, he said few states perform regular evaluations of the programs, which should be part of the state’s regular budgeting process. 

BOMBSHELL TRENTON TESTIMONY Smith to Brainerd
Insider NJ
“There is no evidence the number of economic tax incentives bear any relation to the broader performance of a state’s economy,” he noted. “And there is quite a bit of evidence that tax incentives often fail to achieve their stated goals and can have a negative impact on a state’s fiscal health” said Jackson Brainerd, policy specialist for fiscal affairs for the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Group to Submit Signatures in Early Phase of Recall Effort 
U.S. News & World Report
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there have been many attempts to recall governors, but few have gone far enough to trigger recall elections. Then-Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker survived a recall election in 2012.

No charges will be filed against Girard mother who accidentally shot daughter
NBC WFMJ
The castle doctrine is defined by the National Conference of State Legislatures as saying "individuals have the right to use reasonable force, including deadly force, to protect themselves against an intruder in their home.

Sept. 5

How State Races Starting This Fall Will Shape Congress for the Next Decade
TIME
They soon learned. In 2010, the Tea Party wave washed 681 Democrats out of legislative seats right before new battle lines could be drawn, according to data tracked by the National Conference of State Legislatures, giving the GOP the opportunity to cement its advantage in competitive congressional districts.

The National Battle for Redistricting
Wall Street Journal
NCSL Information Cited

Inside the Outdoors: That kid's Outdoor Bill of Rights
NBC
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (www.ncsl.org/research/environment-and-natural-resources/state-constitutional-right-to-hunt-and-fish.aspx), one of those, Vermont, adopted the rights in 1777. The other 20 state constitutional amendments were approved by voters in recent years.)

When licensing laws become barriers to work
The Indiana Gazette
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. 

State boards waste little time approving professional licenses under new Arizona law
Phoenix Business Journal
The National Conference of State Legislatures has reported that where one job in 20 required an occupational license 60 years ago, the number is one in four today.

Patchwork of State Road Rules Inhibit Autonomous Vehicle Development and Deployment
JD Supra
Did you know that in 2018 alone, 15 states enacted legislation related to autonomous vehicles? Or that since 2012, 41 states have considered legislation related to autonomous vehicles? We are careening toward an environment where we need a database to track these laws.  Thankfully, the National Conference of State Legislatures has such a database. 

As Measles Outbreak Fades, N.Y. Sets In Motion New Rules On School Vaccinations
Kaiser Health News
Every state allows medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements, and 15 states allow exemptions for philosophical reasons, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Sept. 4

North Carolina’s GOP-Drawn Map Is Struck Down as Improper Gerrymander
The Wall Street Journal
NCSL Information Cited

State boards waste little time approving professional licenses under new law
Tucson Sentinel
The National Conference of State Legislatures reported that where one job in 20 required an occupational license 60 years ago, the number is one in four today.

Licensing laws keep some from being able to work
The Lewiston Tribune
Suzanne Hultin, program director for the Employment, Labor and Retirement program at the National Conference of State Legislatures, said that’s the “relevancy” determination.

Sept. 3

What goes up comes down as litter: Balloon releases are being banned
The Washington Post
More than a half-dozen other states have considered prohibitions in recent years, according to the National Conference on State Legislatures.

San Francisco Chronicle
Since 1999, when Massachusetts authorized a statewide bulk prescription plan, a growing number of state agencies have implemented or explored bulk purchasing, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Will Gavin Newsom’s plan lower prescription drug costs in California?
The Bismarck Tribune
As of March 2018, North Dakota was one of eight states that didn't have live webcasts of at least some committee hearings, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

When licensing laws become barriers to work
Idaho State Journal
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. 

Licensing laws keep some from being able to work
The Lewiston Journal
The number of U.S. occupations that require a license has ballooned from about 1 in 20 half a century ago to about 1 in 4 today, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Backers of ranked-choice voting eye 2020 ballot 
Gloucester Daily Times
In 2017, lawmakers in at least 14 states introduced bills on ranked-choice voting, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.