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States Expand Protections for Pregnant Workers

Workplace pregnancy accommodation bills that provide protections beyond federal law have been trending in state capitols across the country. So far this year, Colorado and Utah have enacted such legislation. In total, we have identified and tracked 34 pregnancy...

Paid Sick Leave Legislation Taking States, Municipalities by Storm

Estimates compiled by the National Partnership for Women & Families (NPWF) indicate that approximately 40 percent of private sector workers — and 80 percent of "low-wage" workers — are not provided paid sick days. The NPWF-sponsored “Support Paid Sick Days” campaign...

States Address Opioid Epidemic with Abuse Deterrent Formulation Legislation

UPDATED: An newer post on this topic is available here.

The increasing awareness of America's opioid epidemic has put many state legislatures under pressure to pass comprehensive drug reform during their 2016 legislative sessions. According the American Society of...

States Clear a Path for Direct Primary Care

A year ago, we described a way primary care physicians have banded together to tackle the perpetual rise in health care costs in the United States. Direct primary care (DPC) is a potential free market solution to help keep costs down and reverse the shortage in primary...

Right to Try Initiative Gains Momentum in the States

People with terminal illnesses across the country may soon have access to some pre-market approval medicines as a result of “Right to Try” initiatives in the states. The legislation, modeled by the Goldwater Institute in Arizona, has been gaining momentum since first...

Louisiana Lawmakers Struggle to Close Budget Gap with Two Days to Go

Thing are becoming increasingly tense in the Louisiana legislature. On March 7th, the deadline to pass new tax bills out of the House expired with the state still more than $100 million short of the amount needed to avert “catastrophic cuts” to higher education and...

Trends in Gubernatorial Priorities in 2016

Note: we’ll be updating this post as more governors deliver State of the State addresses. Check back for updates!

2016 Predictions: What Will State Legislatures Focus On this Year?

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Governors Keep an Eye on Medicaid Expansion

Under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, Congress mandated that all states expand their Medicaid programs for residents earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL). However, the the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 (NFIB v. Sebelius) that the ACA...

Cities Join States in Banning Plastic Microbeads

Governor Quinn (D) signed legislation (IL SB 2727) in 2014 making Illinois the first to ban the manufacture and sale of personal care products containing plastic microbeads, often found in facial scrubs, toothpaste, and soap. The law requires manufacturers to stop...

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