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. 26, No. 3, March

All You Ever Wanted to Know about Drunk Drivers
For lawmakers and citizens concerned with getting drunken drivers off the road--the Bureau of Justice Statistics has a report that will tell you what's working and where. The collection of statistics sheds new light on drunk driving offenders and their...
Beware Disease Carriers That Fly
It almost sounded like a child's nursery school song--the mosquitoes bit the crows, the crows got sick, the mosquitoes bit the sick birds, then bit the humans, who sprayed the pesticide. And the humans got sick, too. The West Nile encephalitis outbreak...
Garton, Moe Win Prestigious Leadership Award
An award given every two years to state legislative leaders who have worked to preserve and build public trust in the legislative institution and who can be cited for leadership, courage and ethics was presented to two Senate leaders in December. ...
Legislators Teach Real World Civics
America's legislators reach out to students in an effort to increase public knowledge of and respect for the legislative process. Massachusetts Senator Richard Moore took a day out of his busy schedule last fall to visit junior and senior high school...
New England Tackles High Drug Prices
Two New England states are trying to lower pharmaceutical costs to their citizens through recently passed laws. Massachusetts' FY 2000 budget establishes a new program for discounted bulk or "aggregate purchase" of prescription drugs. It will combine...
New Laws for the Digital Age
With the rapid growth of electronic commerce, the states need a legal framework that will provide clear, consistent rules for the new world of e-business. Two new uniform acts dealing with electronic information and transactions were recently approved...
On the Road to Cleaner Air
Today's cars pollute a lot less than they did a decade ago, but because there are so many more of them on the roads, our air is in jeopardy. EPA has a 25-year plan for cleaner cars and cleaner gasoline. Driving the car to work is probably the biggest...
Restraint Key Word in Constitutional Amendments
At a single moment in history, probably never to be repeated nor duplicated, some of the greatest minds of the time shared a common vision of a republican democracy. The result was one of the most farsighted documents ever devised--the Constitution...
Vaccinations: Public Health's 'Miracle' under Scrutiny
With rare--but real--possible side effects from certain immunizations, lawmakers face an age old public health question. Arkesea was a healthy, active 15-year-old girl living a normal life in North Minneapolis, until she got hepatitis B. Two weeks...
When Faith-Healing Fails
The Oregon legislature has drawn a fine line between punishing devout parents and ensuring necessary medical care for youngsters. Religious freedom vs. the state's role in ensuring citizens' health and well-being. It's a tough call, especially when...