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Indiana Passes 10-Cents-Per-Gallon Gas Tax Increase
Very early on Saturday morning, the Indiana General Assembly passed a long-awaited transportation funding bill ( IN HB 1002) that is expected to raise an additional $6.4 billion over the next seven years to build and maintain the state's roads and bridges. The...
States Have Stalled on Potential Opioid Abuse Solution: Deterrent Formulation Drugs
Last May, we reported that some states were utilizing abuse-deterrent drug legislation to address the opioid epidemic. A year later, the opioid epidemic remains a ballooning public health crisis with upwards of 91 Americans dying from opioid overdoes each day. State...
West Virginia Becomes 29th State to Legalize Medical Marijuana
Just in time for  4/20 — Governor Jim Justice (D) has  signed legislation ( WV SB 386) into law making West Virginia the 29th state to legalize medical marijuana for certain conditions.
Heat Between Cities and States Rises as Local Preemption Continues
We've reported on the growing tension between localities and states several times in the past. States have continued their efforts to preempt local employer mandates and other ordinances at the city and county levels. Before the 2017 legislative sessions, 22 states...
California Passes 12-Cents-Per-Gallon Gas Tax Increase
California Governor Jerry Brown (D) is taking credit for getting a huge transportation funding package — $52.4 billion over ten years — through the legislature. Citing 23 years without a gas tax increase, Brown had failed to pass a major transportation funding measure...
Battle For Internet Privacy Moves From White House to Statehouses

Last week, President Donald Trump signed a Congressional Review Act resolution repealing internet privacy rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) during the end of the Obama Administration. A key component of these regulations required internet...

Auto-renewal Clauses in Consumer Contracts Under Scrutiny by State Legislatures

Subscription-based services and products, such as video-streaming, security, and prepared meals, have become a regular staple for many households. In many cases, the subscription automatically renews on a monthly or yearly basis, giving the consumer uninterrupted...

March Tax Policy Retrospective: Consumption Taxes Abound
March is the last month of the mad scramble that marks the opening of the legislative season, with several states rushing to wrap up their legislative business before adjournment and others beginning the hard work of crafting a balanced budget. What's unusual this year...
Lawmakers Want Digital Devices to Block "Obscene” Websites Including Some Social Media Platforms
There's a wave of bills cropping up across the states that prohibit retailers from selling certain internet-connected devices (e.g., laptops, tablets, and smartphones) to consumers unless the devices contain digital blocking software. This software would render “obscene...
Medicaid Expansion Debate Reignites in the States
On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump failed to convince a majority of the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives to vote in a favor of the long-awaited repeal and replacement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA, or...