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Local Policy Digest
MultiState's Local Policy Digest explores the top legislative developments from municipalities across the U.S.
Local Policy Digest

MultiState's Local Policy Digest explores the top legislative developments from municipalities across the U.S.The Texas special session ends without extending state preemption over local cell phone laws. The Texas Legislature finished its special session last week having...

States Charge Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Owners for Share of Road Costs

States are still struggling to scrounge up the money to fully fund transportation infrastructure investment, which is why 22 states have raised state fuel taxes since 2012. But most transportation policy experts and state lawmakers say that relying on gas tax revenues to...

Municipal Lobbying Adds Compliance Challenges
As we've previously written, lobbyists who work on the local level face a number of challenges. One of these challenges is the often quirky reporting requirements associated with municipal lobbying. A new ordinance in San Jose, California, changes the city's reporting...
Demographic Data A Rarity in Lobbyist Registrations
When I joined MultiState in 2015, I was shocked by how little information state and local governments typically require for lobbyist registration. As a professional new to the field, I thought the sign-up forms would be akin to the federal government’s top-secret...
Local Policy Digest
MultiState's Local Policy Digest explores the top legislative developments from municipalities across the U.S.
Justice's Switch Gives GOP Complete Control of 26 States
News broke this afternoon that West Virginia Governor Jim Justice will announce at a rally tonight his intention to switch party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. The rare party switch for the newly elected governor, in a state where the GOP dominates the...
Oregon Passes First-in-Nation Statewide "Predictive Scheduling" Law
Oregon will likely became the first state in the nation to enact a “ predictive scheduling” law (also referred to as "restrictive scheduling" or "fair scheduling"), following the passage of similar local ordinances in San Francisco (2014), Emeryville, California (2016),...
States Clear Path for Truck Platooning: First Step to Fully Autonomous Vehicles
The debate over autonomous vehicles (AVs) is no longer about if, but when they'll become ubiquitous. But before AVs take over city streets, the first real-world application of a low-level autonomous technology is already developing in the commercial sector of...
Local Policy Digest
MultiState's Local Policy Digest explores the top legislative developments from municipalities across the U.S.