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State Legislators Consider Action on Electric School Buses


Photo credit:현경_윤 Between 2018 and 2019, around 24 million students used a bus to get to school. The Environmental Protection agency has aimed to significantly reduce carbon emissions by promoting switching from diesel fuel to electric school buses. An example of this is S.506, the Clean School Bus Act, introduced by Senator Catherine Cortez [...]

State Legislators Consider Action on Electric School Buses2022-09-22T11:08:44-04:00

Food Assistance Programs: Recent Legislation


Photo credit: Food assistance programs across the country are receiving more funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to the aftershock effects of the pandemic. As part of the “Build Back Better” initiative, the USDA announced a $500 million investment in local food purchase assistance programs to improve food and agriculture [...]

Food Assistance Programs: Recent Legislation2022-09-21T13:15:23-04:00

Right-to-Work: 2022 Legislative and Ballot Update


Photo credit: In the United States, while employees may not be compelled to join a union, 23 states permit employers to enter into agreements with unions that distribute the costs of collective bargaining to all employees—whether union members or not. In the other 27 states, right-to-work laws prohibit such agreements between employers and unions [...]

Right-to-Work: 2022 Legislative and Ballot Update2022-09-21T08:59:23-04:00

Flood Resilience: 2022 Update


Photo credit: In August 2022, over 10 million Americans were on high alert for flooding after record-setting rainfall in states including Arizona, California, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas. Flooding has been described as the “number one natural peril” in the United States and, between 1988 and 2017, accounted for an estimated $199B [...]

Flood Resilience: 2022 Update2022-09-19T12:23:24-04:00

Marijuana Ballot Initiatives: 2022 Election Preview


Green cannabis leaves pattern background Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized low-level marijuana possession. In comparison, nineteen states have legalized the recreational adult use of marijuana. Marijuana ballot initiatives will appear on this year's fall ballots in various states across the country. Arkansas In August 2022, the State Board of Election [...]

Marijuana Ballot Initiatives: 2022 Election Preview2022-09-16T11:32:00-04:00

Affordable Housing Tax Credits


Photo credit: izzuan The high fluctuations within the housing market have recently encouraged buyers and renters to rethink their moving plans. Many depending on affordable housing units have experienced the trickledown effect of this fluctuation. With constricting housing options and rising housing prices, citizens are relying on legislation to support their ability to afford [...]

Affordable Housing Tax Credits2022-09-14T13:02:37-04:00

Mental Health Reform and Aid


Photo credit: Lawmakers have paid increasing attention to mental health in recent years. On October 17, 2020, S.2661 became law, requiring the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to designate the telephone number 9-8-8 as the universal national suicide prevention hotline. This change went into effect in the United States on July 16, 2022. This monumental [...]

Mental Health Reform and Aid2022-09-14T13:02:30-04:00

Grow Your Own Teacher Legislation


Photo credit: As students return to classrooms across the country, 62% of public schools have expressed concerns regarding teacher and staff vacancies, with 88% concerned about burning out teachers and staff. The number of American public school teachers has steadily decreased in recent years; the Bureau of Labor Statistics documented 567,000 fewer educators than [...]

Grow Your Own Teacher Legislation2022-09-09T11:30:58-04:00

States Address Local School Vaccine Policies


Photo credit: With school starting across the country, whether children need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 has been attracting renewed attention in state legislatures. States like California and New Jersey have begun introducing new legislation that requires students to receive the vaccination. However, some states, like Iowa, prohibit school boards from requiring immunizations against [...]

States Address Local School Vaccine Policies2022-09-09T11:31:11-04:00

States Considering School Lunch Funding Policy


Take out food Lunch box with Sandwiches and vegetables, bottle of water and school supplies copy space School lunches are a source of nutritionally balanced meals for millions of U.S. schoolchildren. While many schools require children to pay for lunches, states—with support from the federal government—have subsidized the costs of lunches for children in families [...]

States Considering School Lunch Funding Policy2022-09-09T11:31:25-04:00
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