Local governments and communities around the country are battling a number of issues that are calling for creative policy solutions. These issues range from dealing with homelessness, mental illness, and substance addiction in Boston to dealing with juvenile violence and the overabundance of firearms in Indianapolis. While Seattle struggles with the continued oversight of law [...]
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Photo credit: iStock.com/AndreyPopov Each September 4, National Newspaper Carrier Day is observed because the first “paperboy” in New York City, Barney Flaherty, was said to have been hired by the New York Sun on September 4, 1833. The job of delivering newspapers was popular amongst children, each with a paper route, throughout the 19th and [...]
As August finally comes to a close this week, Governors in the South were busy combatting the effects of Hurricane Idalia, and Alabama pitched in to help Louisiana combat the ongoing wildfires. Tennessee's special session ended in chaos, Pennsylvania state Senate convened for a rare August session, and Governor Mike DeWine of Ohio created a [...]
Photo credit: iStock.com/ChrisBoswell New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D), in office since 2018, has been active in issuing executive orders. In 2022, Murphy issued a total of 39 Executive Orders; from January to August 2023, he approved 26. Throughout 2023, Governor Murphy has focused orders on advancing areas such as clean energy, sustainability, healthcare, and [...]
Photo credit: iStock.com/Shutthiphong Chandaeng The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) recently published a report examining key policy considerations for artificial intelligence regulation and discussing AI’s future in financial services, healthcare, and education. Entitled “Approaches to Regulating Artificial Intelligence: A Primer” and developed with help from NCSL’s Task Force on Cybersecurity and Privacy Work Group, [...]
It may still be summer, but that has not stopped a flurry of legislative and executive activity across the country. Notably, Tennessee lawmakers returned to Nashville for a special session, Ohio's governor has come out against the state's marijuana legalization ballot initiative, and Delaware has enacted a ban on single use plastics and polystyrene foam [...]
Photo credit: iStock.com/SEASTOCK Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro has signed and implemented various executive orders since he took office in January 2023. These executive orders relate to diversity, equity, and inclusion, economic growth, education, establishing standard response times for applications, infrastructure, and technology. Governor Shapiro has reestablished five Governor’s Advisory Commissions, established the Pennsylvania Office of [...]
Several cities around the country are taking steps to combat rising crime rates as the summer progresses, including Boston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. Meanwhile, cities like New York and Austin are seeking to rejuvenate their downtowns, while Phoenix is taking steps to address the opioid crisis. Atlanta, GA The city’s "#StopCopCity" protestors [...]
Photo credit: iStock.com/gnagel On August 8, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee (R) proclaimed a special session, set to convene on August 21. The announcement came after the shooting at The Covenant School in Nashville in March 2023; six people, including three children, were killed in the tragedy. According to Governor Lee, the August 2023 Tennessee special [...]
Photo credit: iStock.com/Ralf Geithe In the aftermath of the pandemic and the digitalization of government services, many state government offices have experienced a surge in open records requests. Between 2018 and 2022, records requests grew by 74%. More than ever, public records access is critical in bolstering government transparency, supporting citizens’ participation in civic affairs, [...]