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State Legislative Chambers Vulnerable to Democratic Wave Election | 06-15-2018

In a normal wave election - which is typical of the first midterm election of a new president - the party out of power picks up six to eight state legislative chambers. A normal wave in November could give Democrats control of both chambers in Arizona...

Half of States Have Considered Internet Privacy Bills in 2017-18 | 06-08-2018

At least 27 states have considered but only two, Oregon and Virginia, have passed legislation dealing with internet privacy in the current session, according to information compiled from the National Conference of State Legislatures and LexisNexis State...

Many States Have Considered Sports Betting Bills in 2018 | 06-01-2018

Nineteen states have considered legislation related to sports betting in 2018, according to information compiled from the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Legal Sports Report and LexisNexis State Net . One state, West Virginia, has passed...

More States Considering ACA Medicaid Expansion | 05-18-2018

Thirty-two states have expanded Medicaid in accordance with the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act but letting states decide whether or not to implement the Medicaid expansion provided for by the federal law. A budget proposal...

Reinsurance Programs Catching On in States | 05-11-2018

Since 2016 at least 19 states have introduced and 9 have enacted legislation creating a state reinsurance program and/or authorizing the state to apply for a State Innovation Waiver under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act to obtain federal funding...

More Than Half of States Allow Marijuana Use | 05-04-2018

Twenty-nine states have passed laws broadly legalizing the use of marijuana. Twenty of those states allow the use of the drug for medical purposes, such as pain relief or the control of nausea. Nine states have legalized recreational use of marijuana...

Most States Not Doing Enough to End Opioid Crisis | 04-20-2018

Only 13 states are currently taking five or all six of the key actions needed to end the opioid crisis, according to a report from the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization that seeks to eliminate preventable deaths. The six actions are: educating...

States Beginning to Focus on AI | 04-13-2018

At least 11 states have introduced or proposed bills or resolutions referring to “artificial intelligence” this year, according to LexisNexis State Net’s legislative tracking system . Five of those measures have been enacted, including...

Sports Wagering Getting Play in States This Year | 04-05-2018

Fourteen states have introduced over 40 bills dealing with sports betting this year, according to LexisNexis State Net’s legislative tracking system . Four states - Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and West Virginia - account for more than half of the...

Many States Considering Bans on Pharmacy ‘Gag Clauses’ | 03-30-2018

As of March 22, at least 27 states had introduced bills this year prohibiting pharmaceutical benefit manager (PBM) or health insurer contracts that prevent pharmacists from informing customers about alternatives to medications they’ve been prescribed...

Half of States Use Commissions for Redistricting | 03-16-2018

Commissions, rather than legislatures, have primary responsibility for drawing state legislative and/or congressional districts in 13 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In another 12 states, commissions either assist legislators...

Michigan Residents Most At Risk of Cyberattack | 03-09-2018

Michigan residents are the most susceptible to cybercrime, according to analysis of data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Insurance Information Institute by Website Builder Expert. The website development adviser estimated there would...

Over Half of States Seeking to Maintain ‘Net Neutrality’ | 03-02-2018

At least 29 states have introduced legislation this year aimed at reinstating the requirement that internet service providers treat all content the same in terms of price and accessibility, which was eliminated last year with the Federal Communications...

‘Dreamers’ Concentrated Mainly in Western States | 02-16-2018

As of March 2017, California and Texas had the largest populations of individuals participating in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, together accounting for about 40 percent of the nearly 800,000 “Dreamers” nationwide...

Blockchain Bills Under Consideration in 14 states | 02-09-2018

At least 18 bills dealing with blockchain or distributed ledger technology have been introduced in 11 states so far this year, according to LexisNexis State Net’s legislative tracking system. Another five blockchain-related measures that were introduced...

Large Number of Potential Female Candidates for Statewide Office in 2018 | 02-02-2018

Over 165 women in 39 states will likely run for statewide political office this year, more than twice the number that actually filed to run in 2016, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute...

States Seek to Impose Medicaid Work Requirements | 01-19-2018

This month Kentucky became the first state to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients. Federal health officials granted permission for that action a day after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued guidance making it easier for...

State Charitable Giving Programs Model for SALT Cap Workaround | 01-12-2018

In response to the $10,000 cap on the federal deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) included in the federal tax overhaul, lawmakers in high-tax states like California are considering allowing taxpayers to make charitable contributions to state funds...

States With Most to Lose by Elimination of SALT Deduction | 12-15-2017

Taxpayers in nine high-income, high-tax states claimed more than 60 percent of the state and local tax (SALT) deductions on federal tax returns nationwide in 2014, according to the Tax Foundation. Seven of those states, which include California, where...

Most States Taking Action on Cybersecurity | 12-08-2017

As of Oct. 30 at least 43 states had introduced over 240 bills and resolutions related to cybersecurity this year, according to analysis of LexisNexis State Net data by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Twenty-seven of those states have enacted...

CHIP Money Running Out in States | 12-01-2017

At least 11 states will exhaust their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funds before the end of the year, if Congress fails to extend federal funding for the program, according to a survey of state Medicaid officials by the Kaiser Family...

Pension Problems Worsen in Most States | 11-17-2017

As of 2016, the last year for which complete data is available, states had only 71.1 percent of the assets they needed to cover future pension payments to retirees, down from 74.5 percent in 2015. New Jersey was in the worst shape, with a pension funding...

States Preparing for Legal Sports Betting | 11-10-2017

Thirteen states have introduced and three have passed legislation this year dealing with the legalization of sports betting, currently prohibited in all but a handful of states by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) passed by Congress...

Sexual Harassment Prevalent Problem in Statehouses | 11-03-2017

Incidents of sexual harassment or sexual assault involving female state lawmakers, legislative staff or lobbyists have been reported recently in at least 16 states. The legislatures in all of those states have training programs or policies in place to...

Major Disasters Plague Many States | 10-20-2017

As of October 17, there have been 15 weather- or climate-related disaster events this year that have caused over $1 billion in damage in a single state or group of states, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s...

Equifax Breach Spurs State Legislation | 10-13-2017

At least five states have introduced legislation this year, or prefiled bills for next year, that appear to have been spurred by the recent data breach at Equifax, according to Lexis Nexis State Net’s legislative tracking system. Most of the measures...

Correlation Between Gun Deaths And Gun Ownership In States | 10-06-2017

States with higher rates of gun ownership generally have higher gun death rates than those with lower gun ownership rates, according to an analysis of 2013 data from the peer-reviewed journal Injury Prevention and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention...

Seven States Have Minimum Staffing Requirements For Dialysis Centers | 09-29-2017

Seven states have set minimum staffing levels for dialysis clinics through administrative regulations, according to analysis by the Service Employees International Union. California also considered an SEIU-backed bill ( SB 349 ) this year that, if passed...

States With Most NAFTA Trade Exposure | 09-15-2017

In 2016 North Dakota sent a larger proportion of its exports (82 percent) to Canada, and New Mexico sent a bigger share of its exports (43 percent) to Mexico, than any other states, according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by Fitch Ratings. Sixty...

Autonomous Vehicle Enactments Accelerating In States | 09-08-2017

Nevada became the first state to authorize the operation of autonomous vehicles on its roads in 2011. A few states, including California, Florida and Nevada, enacted laws dealing with such vehicles over the next few years, with the exception of 2014,...

Majority Of States Have Adopted “Skills Equity” Policies | 09-01-2017

Thirty-one states have adopted policies aimed at expanding access to middle-skill jobs, those that require education and training beyond high school but not a college degree and which comprise the biggest share of the labor market, according to the National...

Texas’ Infrastructure Best In Nation In 2017 | 08-18-2017

Texas has the best infrastructure in the country, according to CNBC’s 2017 “America’s Top States for Business” rankings . With only 1.7 percent of its bridges deemed “structurally deficient” but a 25.6 minute average...

More States Now Protect Against ‘Balance Billing’ | 08-11-2017

As of January of this year, 21 states had enacted legislation or regulations providing at least some direct consumer protection from balance billing, the practice among out-of-network healthcare providers of billing patients when the patients’ insurance...

The Four Types of State Health Care Benefits Exchanges | 08-04-2017

With a GOP plan to fully or partly repeal the Affordable Care Act now dead, Congressional attention has turned to how or if to bolster the individual insurance marketplace. In many states such marketplaces are struggling with both rising premiums and...

Medicaid Key To ACA Reform Failure | 07-21-2017

Since the passing of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, 31 states and the District of Columbia have used the law to offer health coverage to millions of previously uninsured residents through expansion of their joint federal-state Medicaid programs. Proposals...

States Address Insurance Requirements For TNC Drivers | 07-14-2017

Eleven states have enacted legislation in 2017 dealing with insurance requirements for drivers of transportation network companies, or TNCs, like Uber and Lyft, according to LexisNexis State Net’s Legislative Tracking System . Two states also failed...

Cybersecurity Big Concern In States | 07-07-2017

As of mid-June at least 41 states had introduced over 240 bills and resolutions related to cybersecurity this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Sixteen of those states have enacted legislation, and two have adopted resolutions...

States Seek To Curb Rising Drug Prices | 06-30-2017

At least five states have enacted laws this year aimed at curbing the rise of prescription drug prices, including through increasing transparency of drug pricing by manufacturers. Drug price bills are also still pending in more than a dozen states, including...

Vermont Nation’s ‘Greenest’ State | 06-16-2017

Vermont is the “greenest” state in the country, and Wyoming is the least “green,” according to analysis by the personal finance website WalletHub. WalletHub’s analysts compared all 50 states on the basis of 20 measures of...

Policing Reform Laws More Prevalent ‘Than Blue Lives Matter’ Laws | 06-09-2017

Since 2014, 30 states have enacted laws addressing police violence, including those limiting the use of force, and requiring de-escalation and anti-bias training for officers, according to Campaign Zero, a policing reform effort initiated by activists...

Dozen States Enact Private-Sector Pension Plan Measures | 06-02-2017

Since 2012, 32 states have introduced legislation to establish retirement plans for workers in the private sector or study the feasibility of providing such plans, according to the Pension Rights Center, AARP and Georgetown University’s Center for...

California Spends Most On Medicaid | 05-19-2017

Almost $82 billion was spent on Medicaid in California in FY 2016 - $52.6 billion (64.1 percent) by the federal government and $29.4 billion (35.9 percent) by the state - according to January 2017 estimates from the Urban Institute, based on data from...

Drivers In South Use Cell Phones Most | 05-12-2017

Drivers in southern states used their cell phones more than those in the rest of the country between April 2016 and March 2017, according to data collected on the 2.7 million car trips taken and 230 million miles driven by users of online insurance marketplace...

Loose Geographic Pattern To White, Middle-Aged Male Suicides | 05-04-2017

Of the 42 states for which reliable data is available, New Mexico had the highest rate of suicides in 2015 among white men between the ages of 45 and 54, at 67.9 deaths per 100,000 residents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s...

Partisan Divide On ‘Sanctuary’ Legislation | 04-28-2017

Legislation prohibiting or otherwise opposing local government adoption of policies restricting cooperation with federal immigration authorities has been introduced in at least 22 mostly Republican-controlled state legislatures this session. Three of...

Some States Pulling Plug On Electric Car Incentives | 04-14-2017

States have been offering tax credits and other financial incentives for the purchase of electric and hybrid vehicles since the 1990s. But at least seven states have recently repealed or exhausted the funding of their programs, or allowed the programs...

Republicans Control Nearly Half Of State Governments | 04-07-2017

Republicans control both chambers of the legislature and the governor’s office in 24 states, while Democrats hold that level of control over the government in just seven. Control of the legislative and executive branch is split between the two parties...

Opioid Overdose Rates Up and Rising in States | 03-31-2017

Between 2014 and 2015 death rates due to opioid overdose rose by over 25 percent - more than twice the national average (11 percent) - in five states and the District of Columbia. The five states with the highest opioid death rates in 2015 were West Virginia...

Dams With ‘High Hazard Potential’ Scattered Across U.S. | 03-17-2017

As of 2015, 1,235 of North Carolina’s dams were classified as “high hazard potential” by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the highest number in the nation. Texas had 1,212 dams with that same hazard potential, meaning that a...

Over Half Of States With Initiative Process Governed By GOP | 03-10-2017

Twenty-four states have a process allowing citizens to propose and submit statutes and/or constitutional amendments for approval by the electorate or legislature, according to the Initiative & Referendum Institute. Republicans control the legislature...