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. 31, No. 5, May

Adversaries Always: Legislators and Reporters See Their Own as Ethical. but Neither Profession Thinks Too Highly of the Morals of the Other
Why didn't the legislature pass the budget on time?" 1. Because democracy is a messy process. We all hold our values dearly and want what's best for our constituents." 2. Because we spent too much time bickering and being stubborn instead of...
Assisted Living: A Regulation Dilemma: Improving Assisted Living Is No Easy Job, Lawmakers Have to Look at Quality, Economy and Affordability
Part care, part housing, assisted living can range from a modest boarding house to an elegant residential hotel. And in an effort to relieve hard strapped budgets, states are looking to the care component, trying to shift Medicaid money from costly...
As They See It
"The White House should accept the olive branch extended by the National Conference of State Legislatures and work with states to make the No Child Left Behind Act more flexible." --An editorial in the Miami Herald after NCSL's No ChiLd Left Behind...
Getting a Grip on VoIP: Internet Phone Service Technology Is So New and Changing So Fast, No One Knows How to Regulate It-Or Even If They Should
Some states worry they will be cut off from regulating or taxing the next generation of phone calls as more people turn to the Internet for their local and long-distance conversations. Using the Internet to make phone calls may sound futuristic,...
How to Syndicate Your Web Site: New Technology Makes It Really Simple to Let Interested Constituents Know When You Have Something New on Your Web Site. and It Only Takes Five Minutes to Get Started
A new technology that has incredible potential for legislators is taking the World Wide Web by storm. RSS technology-or Really Simple Syndication--allows you to "push" the latest information about legislative activity, campaign events or community...
Michigan Targets Online Tobacco Taxes
The Michigan Department of Treasury is demanding that 500 Michigan residents who have purchased untaxed cigarettes from Internet-based companies pay up. Under Michigan's Tobacco Product Tax Act, it is illegal to purchase cigarettes over the Internet...
Pass the Peas Please: Buying Locally Grown Produce for Use in State Park Restaurants Makes Just about Everyone Happy
Visitors at the Greenbo Lake State Resort in Kentucky get more than pizza, hotdogs and nachos when they visit the dining room in the Jesse Stuart Lodge. Instead, they find just-picked tomatoes on the salad bar and pies made fresh with homegrown berries....
Pat Wunnicke: One of a Kind Editor and Friend
Pat Wunnicke never would have allowed a cliche like "one of a kind" on the pages of the magazine she edited for two decades. But Pat, an assistant editor of State Legislatures magazine, was exactly that. A banker's daughter from Kansas who lived much...
Revolution in Evolution? the Evolution vs. Creationism Controversy Continues to Influence Public School Curriculum
Forty-five percent of Americans believe that God created human beings, close to their present day form, approximately 10,000 years ago. A third of Americans believe that Charles Darwin's theory of evolution is a well-supported scientific theory. And...
States Wrangle with Corrections Budgets: Criminal Justice Budgets Challenge States as Costs and Inmate Populations Increase
Prisons are overcrowded, understaffed and aging. Add to that the rising costs of health care for prisoners, and it's no wonder that states are spending more and more on corrections. California's 15.8 percent increase is way above average for FY...
The Meth Menace: Battling the Fast-Paced Spread of Methamphetamine May Mean Attacking It from Several Fronts
For Jim Atkins, addiction to methamphetamine was not an overnight thing. "It really snuck up on me," he says. Working as a bouncer in a rock 'n' roll bar in San Antonio, Atkins needed something that would give him an extra lift for the late-night...