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2022 Issue Recap: Minimum Wage Increases


Photo credit: Miranda In 2022, there has been a sizable amount of legislative activity surrounding state minimum wages across the country, following a flurry of activity in 2021. Most recently, voters in the midterm elections were able to directly impact their respective state's minimum wage, with Nebraska, Nevada, and the District of Columbia all [...]

2022 Issue Recap: Minimum Wage Increases2022-11-30T23:28:38-05:00

Employee Leave Regulations


Photo credit: Various kinds of leave exist for workers, such as family leave, sick leave, parental leave, and vacation leave. In addition to these more traditional types of leave, after the Covid-19 pandemic, state lawmakers across the country took further action to introduce laws and regulations to protect individuals in the event that they [...]

Employee Leave Regulations2022-11-28T13:29:02-05:00

Telehealth Legislation: 2022 Update


Photo credit: In 2021, DMGS discussed the increased push for remote telehealth services due to the Covid-19 pandemic and new insurance policies and legislation enacted. One year later, we revisit this topic to examine how telehealth service in various states has expanded further under state and federal law. On March 15, 2022, President Biden [...]

Telehealth Legislation: 2022 Update2022-11-22T10:15:48-05:00

EV Charging Stations & Zoning Requirements


Photo credit: Electric vehicles (EVs) have grown in popularity as the United States attempts to reduce carbon emissions. From 2017 to 2021, the United States grew from 3,000 EV charging stations to 22,000 EV charging stations. President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal included a provision that invests $5 billion, creating a national network of EV [...]

EV Charging Stations & Zoning Requirements2022-11-21T16:41:44-05:00

Legislation Requiring Firearm Liability Insurance


Photo credit: S There is insurance for everything: houses, cars, healthcare costs, and pets. Some are required but some, such as pet insurance and insurance for firearms, are not universally required in many states. In 2019, council members from San Jose, California, were the first to introduce legislation to require firearm owners to own [...]

Legislation Requiring Firearm Liability Insurance2022-11-22T09:47:16-05:00

Contraceptive Access Legislation


Photo credit: In anticipation of and in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overrule Roe v. Wade in its Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization opinion, many states took immediate action to enshrine residents’ right to privacy in different ways, including measures to protect residents’ freedom to acquire and use contraceptives. California [...]

Contraceptive Access Legislation2022-11-16T13:36:27-05:00

States Bridge & Rail Infrastructure Update


Photo credit: DelVecchio - OcuDrone On August 18, 2022, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced grants of over $230 million to 11 projects in 8 states to enhance and update various critical intercity passenger rail services. The Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program (Partnership Program) funded the rail infrastructure grants, which aim [...]

States Bridge & Rail Infrastructure Update2022-11-07T14:10:32-05:00

States’ & Municipalities’ Legislative Responses to Monkeypox


Photo credit: Just as the risk of contracting COVID-19 begins to abate, U.S. states and municipalities are facing another virus. On July 23, 2022, the World Health Organization announced an outbreak of the monkeypox virus. Domestically, the monkeypox virus cases have arisen in areas of highly populated cities across the United States, like New [...]

States’ & Municipalities’ Legislative Responses to Monkeypox2022-11-01T17:42:42-04:00

Ranked-Choice Voting Update


Many elections in the United States operate under a “winner take all” system where the candidate who receives the greatest number of votes wins the election. Several states, including Maine and Alaska, conduct elections using a ranked-choice system where voters can rank the candidates in descending order based on preference. This style of voting [...]

Ranked-Choice Voting Update2022-10-26T13:30:00-04:00

Mattress Recycling Programs


Photo credit: Over 18 million mattresses are thrown away in the United States each year, and over 50,000 mattresses entering landfills daily. Additionally, almost 17 million mattresses are sold each year in the U.S. alone. To help combat this trend, several states are hoping to enact plans to address mattress recycling to reduce the [...]

Mattress Recycling Programs2022-10-24T17:17:19-04:00

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