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...

More States Consider Taxing Personal and Professional Services as 2019 Legislative Sessions Advance

This post has been updated (March 15, 2019).

In recent years, states have increasingly considered taxing services by expanding the sales and use tax base —  and 2019 is no different. So far this year, taxation of services bills have been introduced in nine states:...

Advocates Push Workers’ Rights Proposals for Independent Contractors

Lawmakers have begun to focus on independent contractors recently because of the increase in temporary “gig economy” jobs such as driving for Uber or Lyft, or performing work via TaskRabbit. Last week, the National Employment Law Project (NELP), a progressive labor...

How States are Responding to Federal Tax Reform in 2019

Since the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in December 2017, state legislators have been debating exactly how new federal tax provisions will impact their state and how they should respond to these major changes in the federal tax code.

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