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Voters in 5 States Will Vote on Marijuana Legalization This November

Last week, DMGS looked at different ballot measures across the country, including two states with marijuana-related measures.  With more states looking at legalizing adult-use recreational marijuana or medical marijuana, some are doing so via legislation enacted by lawmakers, and others via ballot measures.  Thirty-three states have legalized medical marijuana, and 11 have legalized recreational adult-use marijuana.  At the federal level, the U.S. House of Representatives had also planned to vote […]

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State Action on Mandatory Flu Vaccines

by: Ryan J. Stevens As COVID death tolls in the United States continues to rise and the economic impacts of the uncontained pandemic continue to harm schools, businesses, and households, many states are considering requiring flu vaccinations this fall.  Which states may require flu vaccines this fall? Massachusetts The Massachusetts Department of Public Health recommends an annual influenza vaccine for anyone older than six months.  In August, the Commonwealth announced […]

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Legislation Affecting Gig Economy Workers

by: Ryan J. Stevens A gig economy is an economic activity that involves the use of temporary or freelance workers to perform jobs, typically in the service sector.  The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in 2017 that the United States was home to 55 million gig workers, accounting for 34% of the country’s workforce.  The BLS projected this percentage to increase to 43% by 2020.  A 2000 […]

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2020 Special Legislative Sessions

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What is a “Special Session”?  Unlike a regular legislative session, special sessions occur to deal with specific issues or topics.  Usually, the scope of the special session is limited to these specific issues.  Each state has its own rules and laws for the processes on special sessions, including how to call for them.  In 14 states, only the governor can call for a special session. Meanwhile either a state’s governor […]

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