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. 2, February

'Clean Elections' Laws Pass Their First Tests
The so-called "Clean Elections" laws in Maine and Massachusetts passed their first tests this November. These laws provide full public financing to candidates who agree to forgo private funding and abide by spending limits. Two other states,...
Congressional Inconsistencies
In the perennial struggle for power, there are always trade-offs. Last year, for instance, states traded authority over the banking and brokerage industries for financial modernization. What will happen to Internet taxation remains to be seen. Several...
Domestic Violence Becomes a Workplace Issue
Domestic violence costs employers billions of dollars a year in health care, lost wages, absenteeism and nonproductivity. Management and security personnel consider the trauma associated with it a lurking, high-risk security problem. Many employees...
Government Sues Electric Utilities
Woodsy Owl used to tell television viewers to "give a hoot; don't pollute." So does the U.S. Department of Justice, but it has added far more clout to its warning than the cute little Forest Service icon could ever bring to bear. The Justice Department...
Making Sure Teens Are Ready to Drive
Turning 16 has traditionally been a significant rite of passage for teens, signaling newfound freedom in the form of a driver's license. But, worried about safety states are rapidly making life harder for teen drivers by imposing tougher restrictions...
More Than Just 'Welfare'
States are transforming welfare from cash assistance to a variety of services to strengthen poor families. In Colorado Springs, Colo., a group of grandmothers sit around a table helping each other overcome the challenges they face in raising their...
Not Your Average Teen Mom
Being a teenage mother herself has motivated a Louisiana legislator to be a champion for preventing teen pegnancy. You've seen the statistics: 49 percent of teen mothers are on welfare or public assistance within five years of the birth of a child;...
School Violence Lessons Learned
Existing laws haven't been effective in curbing youth violence. Lawmakers now are taking a different, more comprehensive tack that focuses prevention, not just deterrence. "In my opinion, you must go to the root of a problem to solve it. The root...
Telecommunications and the Tangle of Taxes
State and local tax policy mustn't get lost in the dizzying pace of change in the telecommunications industry. It is hailed as the key to economic freedom, prosperity and growth in the 21st century. It is the backbone of the digital revolution--without...
The 2000 Top 20 Forecast
It's mostly sunny throughout the nation's state legislative chambers. Expect temperatures to warm up considerably as the election season approaches. And watch out for that storm cloud developing over Washington, D.C. There is no better metaphor...