State Legislatures

This magazine covers policy and politics through articles on trends, legislative in the United States, best practices, the legislative process and institution and leadership and federal initiatives that affect the states.

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 4, April

Clinton Reform: Good Medicine or Bad?
Although legislators disagree about the details of the federal plans for reforming health care, they all believe that some restructuring is necessary. Editor's Note: State Legislatures asked 10 lawmakers familiar with health-care reform their opinions...
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Congressional Prescriptives
While the public was waiting for the White House to unveil its health plan, several congressional members were hard at work on their own. President Clinton isn't the only one with a health-care plan. There are four major congressional proposals that...
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Drunk Driving: Still a Killer
The lethal combination of alcohol and wheels continues to kill 48 people every day in this country. Getting drunk drivers off the road is one of the highest priorities of state lawmakers: more than a hundred drunk driving laws are enacted each year....
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Federal Budget Deficit: Short-Term News Is Good
The Congressional Budget Office recently released new federal budget deficit projections for the rest of the 1990s, and the short-term news is good. An improving economy, lower interest rates, the 1993 federal income and gasoline tax increases, and reduced...
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Federal Foray into State Water Rights?
The federal government has been intimately involved with state water quality programs since Congress passed the Clean Water Act amendments in 1972. Although they may not have liked it, states have enacted legislation to comply with federal pollution...
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How Would Legislators Do It?
Our 10 lawmakers know how they would craft a health-care reform plan. They say that Congress should acknowledge the states' successes and should not constrain them with an untried federal solution. What, if state legislators were constructing it, would...
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MDs Give "Needs Improvement" Grade to U.S., Canadian and German Health Systems
Doctors in the United States, West Germany and Canada believe their health systems all need fundamental reform, according to a survey in the New England Journal of Medicine. The survey indicates that no country has found the panacea for providing affordable,...
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Policing the Information Highway
The Clinton administration wants to be sure everyone will have access to the information superhighway. The states want to have some say in its regulation. Vice President Gore and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown traveled around the country this...
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Shaping Schools for the World of Work
"Among the industrial nations we have one of the worst systems for getting people from school to work," says Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich. Some would call it no system at all. But there are high schools that are actively trying to mesh school and...
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Today's Legislators: Who They Are and Why They Run?
A survey of 900 state lawmakers uncovers a new breed of legislator in the Capitols of 16 states. The average state legislator is 49.44 years old, married, has 2.4 children, is well educated, and, judging from the high average income level, is successful...
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