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. 22, No. 8, September

Democrats on the Comeback Trail?
Will the 1996 elections be a replay of 1994 in reverse? That's what some political pundits are predicting. The fortunes of state legislative candidates in 1996 may be inextricably tied to the top of the ticket in this presidential election year. Voter...
Early Voting: Convenient, But.?
Look at the TV pictures of eager voters, patiently waiting in line after walking six miles in the rain to the polling place. One thing you can be sure of: They're not in the United States. If there's any inconvenience at all, many Americans just don't...
Let the Voters Decide
All the Western states, and a smattering of others, allow their citizens to propose legislation without help from elected lawmakers. As many as 300 such measures were in circulation this year. As the election season gears up, initiatives on everything...
The Unpredictable Court
The Supreme Court term that ended in July featured a strong ruling on behalf of "state sovereign immunity," marking the third time in five years the justices have strengthened the states' powers at the expense of Congress. The Court also clarified...
Ways to Skin the Property Tax Cat
Michigan's dramatic property tax reduction in 1994 sparked predictions that other states -- particularly those with high property taxes -- would follow suit with major reforms of their own. After all, Michigan lawmakers proved that you could roll...