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Montana Leads State Action on Net Neutrality
On Monday, Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) signed an executive order requiring internet service providers (ISPs) with state contracts to adhere to “ net neutrality.” The state became the first to enact such measures in response to the Federal Communications...
2017 State Policy Review: Privacy

Technology and the rise of social media have pushed privacy concerns into the spotlight for policymakers. States have grappled with how to protect consumers' personal information and prevent it from falling into nefarious hands. Recent high-profile hacks at Uber, Verizon...

Election Recap: Ballot Measures

While Tuesday’s elections brought new policymakers, such as governors in New Jersey and Virginia, as well as party control changes in the Washington and possibly Virginia legislatures, voters also decided on specific issues via ballot measures. Although it was an...

2017 State Ballot Measures Preview: Taxes

Voters have determined state tax policy at the ballot box for years and this year will be no different, with many tax measures before voters this November. Louisiana voters approved two tax-related measures earlier this month, allowing a property tax exemption for...

2017 State Ballot Measures Preview: Health Care

While health care has been a hot topic in Congress this year, much of the heavy lifting has been done at the state level since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed in 2010. States have enacted a number of measures in an effort to rein in costs and...

Louisiana Voters Approve Tax & Transportation Amendments

Louisiana voters approved three constitutional amendments over the weekend on property taxes and transportation projects. Overall, the Louisiana Constitution has now been amended 189 times since 1974. As expected, the turnout was very low, despite primary races for...

2017 State Ballot Measures Preview: Governance
Because 2017 is an off-year for most legislative elections (other than New Jersey and Virginia), much of the focus on this election season will turn to state ballot measures. There will be 27 ballot measures before voters this fall, the lowest number of ballot measures...
States Continue to Pursue Legislation on Presidential Tax Return Disclosure

Nearly nine months into his term, President Donald Trump has still not released his tax returns, having cited an IRS audit in April as the reason for non-disclosure. Although there are no legal requirements for presidential candidates to disclose tax returns, he is the...

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...

Governors React to Obamacare Replacement
House Republicans finally revealed their health care plan, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), earlier this month to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”). Unsurprisingly, AHCA has already come under intense scrutiny on Capitol...

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