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2018 Election Review: Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measures

Marijuana legalization proponents had a big night as voters approved legalization efforts for recreational use in Michigan and medical use in Missouri and Utah. After Tuesday, ten states and Washington, D.C. have legalized the use of recreational marijuana and 32 states...

2018 Election Review: Employment & Labor Ballot Measures

Voters in three states weighed in on employment-related ballot measures on Tuesday. Measures in Arkansas and Missouri to raise the minimum wage both passed overwhelmingly. Voters approved Issue 5 in Arkansas, which will raise the minimum wage to $11 per hour in 2021 and...

States Continue to Push for State-Mandated Auto-Enroll Retirement Programs

More than 30 million U.S. workers report that they do not have access to an employer-based retirement plan, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts report. In an attempt to narrow this coverage gap, states have begun exploring ways to offer private-sector workers,...

Voters Make Oklahoma 30th State to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Yesterday, voters in Oklahoma approved a ballot measure (State Question 788) to legalize medical marijuana in the state. Oklahoma will become the 30th state to legalize medical marijuana, while nine states as well as Washington, D.C., have legalized the recreational use...

Workers in 18 States Saw Higher Minimum Wages in January. Which States Will Raise Minimum Wages Even Higher?

The last federal minimum wage increase — to $7.25 per hour, from $6.55 per hour — occurred on July 24, 2009. In the years since Congress last increased the minimum wage, state and local leaders across the country have introduced countless minimum wage proposals,...

State Legislatures Address Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment allegations have dominated headlines over the past several months, and politicians have not been exempt from scrutiny as women have come forward and voiced their stories of harassment at state capitols. As states convened their legislative sessions in...

Vermont Governor First to Sign Recreational Marijuana Law
This afternoon, Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R) became the first governor in the country to sign recreational marijuana legalization into law. Vermont is now the first state to pass recreational marijuana legalization via the legislative process, and the ninth state...
MultiState's 2017 State Policy Review & 2018 Preview
This is an updated compilation of six separate posts the MultiState team has published over the past month reviewing the top state issues of 2017 and previewing what's ahead in 2018.

Budgets

At the start of 2017, MultiState found that 31 states were facing budget...
2017 State Policy Review: Employment & Labor

Legislators across the country focused on a variety of employment issues in 2017, from more traditional issues like paid leave and right-to-work laws to emerging issues like predictive scheduling and salary history bans. In places where legislation was introduced, it was...

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