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Plastics Legislation: 2022 Update

2022-07-14T09:50:57-04:00

Photo credit: iStock.com/AntonioSolano Plastic recycling is on the decrease in the United States. While plastic waste totaled over 40 million tons in 2021, only 5–6% of that was recycled, about two million tons. That is down from 8.7% of plastic waste recycled in 2018. Meanwhile, states around the country are taking steps to change policies [...]

Plastics Legislation: 2022 Update2022-07-14T09:50:57-04:00

Delta-8 Bans & Carve-Outs: Legislative Update

2022-07-13T21:39:48-04:00

Photo credit: iStock.com/Mikhail Sokolov While much attention is focused on states and the federal government’s efforts to legalize recreational marijuana, there is a new form of thus far unregulated tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) trending—delta-8. Google searches for “delta-8” reportedly grew by more than 850% in the United States between 2020 and 2021. A recent study shows that [...]

Delta-8 Bans & Carve-Outs: Legislative Update2022-07-13T21:39:48-04:00

California Reparations Task Force Issues Interim Report

2022-07-10T20:30:00-04:00

Photo credit: iStock.com/PromesaArtStudio The California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 3121 in September 2020, establishing the Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans. At the beginning of June 2022, the California Reparations Task Force issued an interim report. The Legislature charged the California Reparations Task Force with “studying the institution of slavery [...]

California Reparations Task Force Issues Interim Report2022-07-10T20:30:00-04:00

July 8th DMGS State Capital Weekly Recap

2022-07-07T14:01:47-04:00

State lawmakers in capitals around the country remained focused this week on the issues of abortion and firearms. Both topics were covered by DMGS this week in-depth and be viewed at the links below. Additionally, with the Fourth of July taking place at the beginning of the week, DMGS looked at recent state action around [...]

July 8th DMGS State Capital Weekly Recap2022-07-07T14:01:47-04:00

States’ Reactions to Supreme Court’s Dobbs Ruling: Abortion Access, Trigger Laws, & More

2022-07-07T13:57:33-04:00

Photo credit: iStock.com/zimmytws In early May, the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization showed that the conservative majority of the Supreme Court intended to invalidate the holding of Roe v. Wade that the U.S. Constitution confers an individual right to abortion. In the wake of that leak, [...]

States’ Reactions to Supreme Court’s Dobbs Ruling: Abortion Access, Trigger Laws, & More2022-07-07T13:57:33-04:00

States Passing Legislation in Response to Mass Shootings

2022-07-05T16:48:03-04:00

Photo credit: iStock.com/Josiah S The recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, have resulted in calls for action to address firearms and school safety. The U.S. Congress passed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (S. 2938), which bolstered gun safety measures through expanded background checks, restrictions on certain individuals owning firearms, and incentives [...]

States Passing Legislation in Response to Mass Shootings2022-07-05T16:48:03-04:00

Legislation Regulating Fireworks: 2022 Update

2022-07-01T17:19:28-04:00

Photo credit: iStock.com/AlekZotoff On Independence Day weekend, Americans across the country will flock to watch fireworks displays. In the lead-up to July 4th, states have considered myriad legislation regulating fireworks. Ohio Beginning July 1,2022, Ohio residents can legally discharge consumer-grade fireworks on certain holidays. Governor Mike DeWine signed the changes into law in November 2021, [...]

Legislation Regulating Fireworks: 2022 Update2022-07-01T17:19:28-04:00

July 1st DMGS State Capital Weekly Recap: Budgets, Abortion, and Firearms

2022-07-01T17:11:29-04:00

This week saw state lawmakers around the country busy on various issues, including working to pass their state's budgets as well as continued reactions to the recent Supreme Court ruling on abortion and recent mass shootings in Buffalo, NY and Uvalde, TX. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) signed Arizona's state budget for FY 2023 this [...]

July 1st DMGS State Capital Weekly Recap: Budgets, Abortion, and Firearms2022-07-01T17:11:29-04:00

What’s Included in the 2022 Federal Gun Safety Package?

2022-06-30T22:03:57-04:00

Photo credit: iStock.com/FabrikaCr On Friday, June 25, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (S. 2938), which bolstered gun safety measures through expanded background checks, restrictions on certain individuals owning firearms, and incentives for states to enact “red-flag” programs. The measure also criminalized “straw purchases” and provided funding for mental health [...]

What’s Included in the 2022 Federal Gun Safety Package?2022-06-30T22:03:57-04:00

Trending: Legislation Requiring Personal Financial Literacy Education

2022-06-27T09:13:20-04:00

Photo credit: iStock.com/Doucefleur A growing trend amongst state legislatures is passing legislation requiring personal financial literacy education in high school.  According to a 2022 Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) report, 22.7% of high school students, nearly one in four, have guaranteed access to personal finance courses this year.  In 2018, 16.4% of graduating high school [...]

Trending: Legislation Requiring Personal Financial Literacy Education2022-06-27T09:13:20-04:00
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