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Congress Considers Impacts of Biofuel Mandates on Fuel and Food Prices

2022-08-04T10:19:29-04:00

Photo credit: iStock.com/Leonid Sorokin As the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, international commodity prices for fuel and food remain higher than ever, including in the United States.  U.S. allies in western Europe are evaluating their domestic biofuel policies as the global crisis caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine causes continued food shortages and [...]

Congress Considers Impacts of Biofuel Mandates on Fuel and Food Prices2022-08-04T10:19:29-04:00

Fentanyl Test Strips: Legislation Decriminalizing Their Use

2022-08-01T21:24:03-04:00

Photo credit: iStock.com/designer491 Fentanyl test strips are essentially a drug testing technology, initially developed for urinalysis, but can be effective at detecting fentanyl and fentanyl-analogs in samples of drugs. Lawmakers around the country are looking to decriminalize the use of fentanyl test strips to combat the rise in fentanyl-related deaths. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid [...]

Fentanyl Test Strips: Legislation Decriminalizing Their Use2022-08-01T21:24:03-04:00

Regulating Payday Loans: What Changes are on the Horizon?

2022-08-01T10:53:21-04:00

Photo credit: iStock.com/relif Payday loans, also known as cash advance loans or check advance loans, are a form of short-term borrowing where high-interest credit is extended by a lender based on one’s income. Typically, the loan’s principal is a portion of one’s next paycheck. However, each state has regulations that limit the cost of small [...]

Regulating Payday Loans: What Changes are on the Horizon?2022-08-01T10:53:21-04:00

7/29 Multi-State Capital Roundup: Shark Week Edition

2022-07-28T17:54:20-04:00

This week is shark week on the Discovery Channel and you can catch up on some shark-related legislation in one of DMGS' blog posts below. In other news, lawmakers and governors around the country remained busy this week on topics ranging from offshore wind to abortion. DMGS Blog Posts This Week https://statecapitallobbyist.com/animals/shark-week-2022-legislation-related-to-sharks/ https://statecapitallobbyist.com/firearms/states-considering-red-flag-legislation-or-erpos/ Colorado Lawmakers [...]

7/29 Multi-State Capital Roundup: Shark Week Edition2022-07-28T17:54:20-04:00

Shark Week 2022: Legislation Related to Sharks

2022-07-28T15:44:31-04:00

Photo credit: iStock.com/Beto Bormann Monday, July 24, marked the beginning of Shark Week 2022 on the Discovery Channel. For those unaware, Shark Week has occurred each year since 1988 and includes a week’s worth of shark-related programming. With much attention this week on sharks, state lawmakers have introduced myriad legislation pertaining to sharks [...]

Shark Week 2022: Legislation Related to Sharks2022-07-28T15:44:31-04:00

States Considering Red Flag Legislation, or ERPOs

2022-07-25T21:59:34-04:00

Photo credit: iStock.com/barbol88 Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs), commonly referred to as “red flag laws,” allow for temporarily restricting a particular individual’s access to guns if they present a risk to themselves or others. In June 2022, Congress passed and President Biden signed the bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which incentivizes states to pass red flag [...]

States Considering Red Flag Legislation, or ERPOs2022-07-25T21:59:34-04:00

July 22nd State Capital Weekly Recap: Texas House Report on Uvalde Released

2022-07-22T11:11:52-04:00

It may be summer but lawmakers and governors across the country were nonetheless busy this week on a myriad of issues. Notably, the special Texas State House investigative committee released their report of the Uvalde school shooting and Colorado lawmakers continue to push for more gun changes approaching the 10 year anniversary of the Aurora [...]

July 22nd State Capital Weekly Recap: Texas House Report on Uvalde Released2022-07-22T11:11:52-04:00

Which States are Proposing Bans on Flavored Tobacco?

2022-07-20T10:04:37-04:00

Photo credit: iStock.com/Moussa81 Recent years have seen a rise in the use of flavored tobacco products. According to the American Lung Association, while the smoking rate among adults has decreased from 21.6% in 2003 to 14% in 2019, almost 4.5 million youth used tobacco products in 2020. The rise in youth tobacco use can be [...]

Which States are Proposing Bans on Flavored Tobacco?2022-07-20T10:04:37-04:00

2022 Urban Agriculture Legislation

2022-07-18T16:17:16-04:00

Photo credit: iStock.com/espiegle Urban agriculture is the cultivation, processing, and distribution of agricultural products in both urban and suburban areas. Examples of urban agriculture includes community gardens, rooftop farms, hydroponic, aeroponic and aquaponics facilities, and vertical production. In 2022, state lawmakers across the U.S. are introducing legislation related to urban agriculture, including providing funding and [...]

2022 Urban Agriculture Legislation2022-07-18T16:17:16-04:00

July 15th State Capital Weekly Recap: California Allows Gun Violence Victims to Sue Gun Manufacturers

2022-07-14T16:15:48-04:00

The issues of firearms and abortion continued to dominate talks in various state capitals this week. Notably, California implemented a law allowing victims of gun violence to sue gun manufacturers and Missouri democrats want the GOP governor to call lawmakers into a special session to address legislation that would protect access to contraceptives and treatment [...]

July 15th State Capital Weekly Recap: California Allows Gun Violence Victims to Sue Gun Manufacturers2022-07-14T16:15:48-04:00
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