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. 3, March

A View from the States: State Legislatures Magazine Went to a Group of State Leaders to Get Their Perspectives on the Challenges and Opportunities 2005 Presents. Here Are Their Responses
THE BIG ISSUES SL: What are the two or three most pressing issues you are facing this year in your legislative sessions? Texas Senator Jeff Wentworth: The most important thing we have to do is revamp our public school finance situation. We've...
How Secure Is the Safety Net? the Future of the Nation's Community Health Care Centers and Public Hospitals Is Grave
The community health center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, serves a largely rural clientele with up to 9,000 patients a year. More than half are on Medicaid or uninsured. Almost a third are at or below the poverty level. In the scope of its services and...
How to Be a Media Darling: There's No Getting Away from It. Reporters and Legislators Need Each Other. Here's a Primer on Your Rights and Responsibilities When Giving an Interview
More complicated than the federal tax code and as mysterious as an old episode of the X-Files, the relationship between legislators and the media may never be fully understood. It's a classic love-hate connection where trust, respect and cynicism...
I Blog, You Blog, We All Blog: State Lawmakers Are Beginning to See the Advantages of Having a Blog to Record Their Views on Issues and Their Experiences at the Statehouse
Representative Ray Cox does not consider himself particularly computer savvy. In 2002, he had just won election to the Minnesota House by 20 votes in a very competitive race--his district leans Democrat and he's a Republican. He wanted a way to reach...
Juneau the Capital of Alaska? Whether You Know the Capital of Alaska or Not, Some Believe It's Just Too Hard to Find
Old timers may grumble that Alaska's growing population and modern conveniences have chipped away at its last frontier status, but try telling that to the state's lawmakers as they make their annual journey to the most inaccessible capital in North...
Pricing Prescription Drugs
Citizens with low incomes, including those age 18 to 64, can get discounted prescription drugs through two new programs--Rx Outreach and Together Rx Access. They are part of a growing list of special programs developed by the pharmaceutical industry...
Saving on Pharmaceuticals
A fast-growing drug pricing program for health centers, disproportionate share hospitals, and clinics for family planning, migrant health and HIV/AIDS, also can save states money when the patients are on Medicaid. To be eligible, the local facilities...
School Finances Still in Court
Education finance litigation continues to be a huge challenge for states. Sixteen are battling adequacy lawsuits, while cases in 20 other states have been decided or settled in the past five years, according to Education Week's 2005 Quality Counts...
The Medicaid Spending Morass: Medicaid Continues to Grow at Alarming Rates Causing States to Seek Solutions
Medicaid costs will strain state budgets considerably in the coming year. The top fiscal issue for the 200S sessions is rising costs for health care and Medicaid, say legislative fiscal officers. Sixteen states expect overruns in Medicaid early this...
Tribes Bet on Gaming: Indian Gaming Has Allowed a Few Tribal Governments to Strengthen Their Communities and Provide for Their People. and It Often Helps States and Local Governments as Well
Editor's note: This is the last in a series on gambling. See "Gambling on Gaming" in the January magazine and "Counting on Gambling" in the February issue. The 600-member Rincon Tribe in California opened a high-rise hotel-casino outside of San...