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. 36, No. 5, May

A Bird's Eye View: GIS Technology Is Giving Policymakers a New Perspective
The New Jersey Legislature, like every other state government, has faced considerable budget shortfalls over the past several years. As part of the process for dealing with the decline in revenue, officials decided to reduce state aid to municipalities....
Coastal Concerns: Gulf Coast Lawmakers Say Federal Barriers Are Slowing Recovery Years after Hurricanes Battered the Region
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Years after the devastating effects and lessons of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike n the Gulf Coast, states in the region re finding recovery from disaster can be as daunting as the disaster itself. Leaders from the coastal...
Health Care: Feds Fight, States Act: Lawmakers Were Experimenting with Ways to Rein in Costs and Expand Coverage Long before Passage of Federal Health Legislation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Insurance reform. Medicaid expansion. Mandates. For months, federal lawmakers-and ordinary Americans--have been debating a national overhaul of our health care system. Yet without media fanfare, state legislative leaders...
Internet Imposters
Maryland Delegate Chris Shank has two Facebook pages--his own and another one that a fan set up. Since he has no control over that one, it caused him some concern. "There's some inherent risk, but we'll see how it goes," Shank says. At least it was...
Keeping It Wild: Preserving Wildlife and Habitat While Allowing Development and Outdoor Recreation Is a Tough Balancing Act
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the thriller "Collateral," the characters played by Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise are driving through central Los Angeles when they have an unexpected encounter with a coyote. The animal, yellow eyes glowing, wanders into...
Local Squeeze: The Budget Pain Felt by State Lawmakers for the Past Two Years Has Made Its Way to Cities and Counties
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Cities and counties were largely spared the kind of shortfalls that decimated state budgets back in 2002 and 2003. During the current downturn, however, they are experiencing nearly as much pain as states. In part, that's...
Ready, Set, Action
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the last decade, tax incentives for film and entertainment productions have spread across the country. State officials have used the programs to lure filmmakers to their states for many reasons, including job creation and...