Duane Morris Government Strategies

A Full-Service Lobbying Firm, with a National Network of Professionals, Navigating Clients through the Legislative Process, in Every State Capital

State Action on Restoring Felons’ Voting Rights

In the middle of the 2020 General Election, millions of voters have already cast ballots by mail, and millions more are making plans to vote in person on Election Day.  However, not all Americans are eligible to cast a ballot.  According to the ACLU, states have disenfranchised 5.85 million Americans with felony convictions, or misdemeanor convictions in some states. Some states, like Iowa and Kentucky, permanently disenfranchise all people with […]

Continue Reading →

States Enabling Pharmacies to Combat COVID-19

Earlier this year, DMGS looked at a breakdown of COVID-19 tests, including expanded access to licensed pharmacists.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar issued a statement in early April, noting that authorizing pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests allows for easier access to testing. According to a National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) survey, 86% of respondents believe pharmacists should be allowed […]

Continue Reading →

Louisiana Special Sessions

Refresh: What is a Special Session? Unlike a regular legislative session, legislatures hold special sessions to deal with specific issues or topics, limiting the session’s scope to these issues.  Each state has its own rules and laws for special session procedures, including how they are initiated.  In 14 states, only the Governor can call for a special session.  Meanwhile, either a state’s Governor or legislature can call a special session […]

Continue Reading →

States Considering a Millionaires’ Tax

by: Ryan J. Stevens and John C. Zang New Jersey recently joined California, New York, and Washington, D.C., in implementing “millionaires’ taxes.”  “Millionaires’ Tax” is a general term used to describe tax provisions specifically designed to collect revenue from households earning greater than $1,000,000 in taxable income each year.  Proponents view increased marginal tax rates upon the highest income levels as a critical way to fund essential services, such as […]

Continue Reading →