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Taxation of Services Remains a Key Legislative Issue in 2019

As we’ve noted previously, states are continuing to consider legislation that would expand the sales and use tax base to personal and professional services. As of May 2019,  22 “taxation of services” bills have been introduced in 12 states: California, Connecticut, ...

States Fulfill Predictions in Enacting Marketplace Facilitator Laws

Earlier this year, we predicted that 35 states would require marketplace facilitators to collect sales tax by the end of 2019. At the beginning of 2019, 12 states required collection by marketplace facilitators. Three months after our “35 states call,” 26 states have now...

States Continue to Raise Gas Taxes While Congress Fails to Act

After Alabama became the first state to approve a gas tax increase in 2019, we asked how many states would follow its lead and raise new revenue for investments in state transportation infrastructure in 2019. So far, two additional states, Arkansas and Ohio, have raised...

Local Policy Digest: Regulating Short-Term Lodging Rentals, Drone Ordinances and Cutting Emissions in Buildings and Transportation

Short-term lodging rentals have been restricted in New Orleans and regulated in major cities across seven states. In April, MultiState’s Local Alert Service identified numerous municipal actions that would regulate or restrict short-term lodging rentals in seven states.

Chicago’s New Leadership Could Have Big Impact on the Windy City and Beyond

Voters in Chicago’s recent municipal elections have swept into power the most progressive slate of policymakers in a generation, and they could well have an indelible impact on the city’s tax and fiscal future. Six of the new City Council members are Democratic...

States Open Highways to Truck Platooning Technology

Although the rise of autonomous vehicles has garnered more of the public’s attention, assisted and automated driving technologies will likely to emerge from commercial uses, such as trucking, before autonomous vehicles are widely available for consumer use. One...

Lawmakers in 34 States Have Considered Legalizing Marijuana, But Only One State Has Enacted It This Year

State lawmakers remain interested in legalizing both recreational and medical marijuana during the 2019 state legislative sessions. To date, nearly 170 bills have been introduced in 34 states and Washington, D.C. (see map below).

Local Policy Digest: Localities Increasingly Regulating Scooters and Bikes, Plus Continued Action on Plastic Waste

MultiState's Local Policy Digest explores interesting and notable legislative developments from municipalities across the country. MultiState currently tracks more than 4,200 cities, towns, and counties. Additional information about our Local Alert Service is available...

Alabama First to Raise Gas Taxes in 2019: How Many States Will Follow?

Last week, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) signed the “Rebuild Alabama Act” (AL HB 2) into law, which will increase the state’s fuel tax by 10-cents-per-gallon. Under the new law, once the increase is phased in over three years, the state’s gas tax will become indexed to...

Utah Lawmakers Give Green Light to Autonomous Vehicles

Lawmakers in Utah are eager to join the 20 states that currently allow testing or deploying autonomous vehicles on their public roads, including the neighboring states of Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and California. Utah’s legislation (UT HB 101)  passed through both...

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