Photo credit: iStock.com/Adrian Vidal As we noted earlier, artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming our world, with a growing impact on industries ranging from healthcare to finance, transportation, and entertainment. Advancements in AI technology have accelerated at an unprecedented pace, driven by breakthroughs in machine learning, natural language processing, and computer vision. AI systems can [...]
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As September comes to an end, lawmakers and governors around the country took action on a myriad of issues. Alabama appears set to get a new Statehouse, while California's governor signed a law requiring gender-neutral bathrooms in K-12 schools and Oklahoma's governor announced the creation of a task force to study and make recommendations on [...]
Around the country, lawmakers and state executives are taking action on a myriad of items impacting their respective states. Florida began laying the groundwork for the 2024 legislative session, North Carolina lawmakers finally agreed on a budget, Pennsylvania’s governor is embracing ways to navigate generative AI, and Texas lawmakers will return to Austin for [...]
Photo credit: iStock.com/abdoudz In 2022, DMGS reviewed automatic voter registration (AVR), which allows eligible individuals to become automatically registered to vote when interacting with certain government agencies, such as the state agency overseeing motor vehicles. While most people are familiar with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, the “Motor Voter Act”, that allowed individuals [...]
This week was certainly a busy one for lawmakers and governors around the United States. Georgia's governor has suspended the state's gas tax again, Arkansas reinstated a ban on COVID vaccine mandates, California lawmakers approved allowing their staff to unionize, and Florida's Speaker announced a special committee to look at hurricane relief and resilience. Learn [...]
Lawmakers around the country were busy this week as summer comes to an end. Virginia finally settled on a budget following a special session, Michigan lawmakers announced legislation to implement new gun restrictions, and Wyoming is considering taxing EVs. Other issues covered this week include artificial intelligence, cannabis, and Hawaii's recovery from the Maui wildfires. [...]
Photo credit: iStock.com/Michael Derrer Fuchs State legislatures are working to increase rail safety by improving current regulations and creating new policies to promote safer railroad practices. Such initiatives coincide with federal legislation introduced after hazardous derailments in early 2023. Specifically, state governments are implementing national standards for crew sizes, detection services, and train lengths, through [...]
Photo credit: iStock.com/Who_I_am In adopting advanced technology in driver licensing, several states have created digital driver’s licenses or mobile IDs. In 2016, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D) signed HB 481 into law, allowing individuals to have a digital driver’s license as an alternative to a physical one. Since then, additional states have followed [...]
Governors and state legislatures across the country remained busy this week, addressing various issues such as e-bikes, school vouchers, electric vehicles, and more. Notably, Texas enacted property tax cuts into law, Pennsylvania's budget stalemate continues, and New Jersey is suing the federal government over New York's congestion pricing plan. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) [...]
Photo credit: iStock.com/Kunakorn Rassadornyindee Suicide, an urgent public health issue, is the 11th leading cause of death in the country according to Pew Trusts. Screening tools for suicide risk can assist with reducing these deaths by connecting people to treatment. States may establish and guarantee access to crisis services, including 24-hour local crisis centers, [...]