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National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

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January 2007: "The National Conference of State Legislatures was founded in 1975 with the conviction that legislative service is one of democracy's worthiest pursuits. NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. NCSL is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of state governments before Congress and federal agencies."

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March 2011: 'He said the privilege, which is included in the United States Constitution and in many state constitutions, was designed to protect lawmakers from civil matters that would interfere with their legislative duties. “The legislative privilege should not become a get-out-of-jail-free card or escape-from-ever-being-put-in-jail card for state legislators,” he said during a presentation on the issue during the National Conference of State Legislators Summit last year.'


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Organization Head/Leader (past or present) John Adams Hurson Person Jan 1, 2007

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Jul 11, 2011 Obama Administration Rolls Out Standards for Health Insurance Marketplaces

QUOTE: The regulations issued Monday, which provide a fair amount of latitude to states, were welcomed by consumer groups, patient advocates and some business lobbyists. But they may not satisfy liberals who argue that the exchanges should tightly regulate insurance and contract with selected health plans that offer the best deals. And they may not satisfy conservatives...

New York Times
Mar 11, 2011 A Legal Privilege That Some Lawmakers See Broadly

QUOTE: (Steven F. Huefner) said the privilege, which is included in the United States Constitution and in many state constitutions, was designed to protect lawmakers from civil matters that would interfere with their legislative duties. “The legislative privilege should not become a get-out-of-jail-free card or escape-from-ever-being-put-in-jail card for state legislators."

New York Times
Apr 23, 2010 U.S.’s Toughest Immigration Law Is Signed in Arizona

QUOTE: Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona signed the toughest illegal immigration bill in the country into law on Friday, aimed at identifying, prosecuting and deporting illegal immigrants. The governor’s move unleashed immediate protests and reignited the divisive battle over immigration reform nationally. Even before she signed the bill at a 4:30 p.m. news conference here, President Obama strongly criticized it.

New York Times
Jul 29, 2009 Smoking bans, taxes burn cigar makers

QUOTE: The rise in smoking bans across the country and a unprecedented hike in taxes on tobacco are proving to be crippling [for cigar makers].

Jul 18, 2009 Drivers and Legislators Dismiss Cellphone Risks (Driven to Distraction Part 2 of 3)

QUOTE: [Americans] increasingly use phones, navigation devices and even laptops to turn their cars into mobile offices, chat rooms and entertainment centers, making roads more dangerous. A disconnect between perception and reality worsens the problem. New studies show that drivers overestimate their own ability to safely multitask, even as they worry about the dangers of others doing it.

New York Times
Aug 19, 2008 Drug Makers' Push Leads to Cancer Vaccines' Rise

QUOTE: In two years, cervical cancer has gone from obscure killer confined mostly to poor nations to the West’s disease of the moment... The lightning-fast transition from newly minted vaccine to must-have injection in the United States and Europe represents a triumph of what the manufacturers call education and their critics call marketing.

New York Times
Jun 09, 2008 States Take New Tack on Illegal Immigration

QUOTE: Sheriff Wendell Hall of Santa Rosa County, who led the effort, said the arrests were for violations of state identity theft laws. But he also seemed proud to have found a way around rules allowing only the federal government to enforce immigration laws. In his office, the sheriff displayed a framed editorial cartoon that showed Daniel Boone admiring his arrest of at least 27 illegal workers.

New York Times
Dec 28, 2007 Business on the Border: Arizona gets tough on employers to solve its immigration problem.

QUOTE: The employer sanctions law imposes tough penalties on businesses that knowingly employ undocumented immigrants. First offenders may have their business licenses suspended for up to 10 days and must sign an affidavit promising not to hire undocumented workers in the future. Fail to comply, and companies could lose their licenses to operate altogether. What's more, the law requires all of Arizona's 150,000 companies to run new hires through a free online federal database that checks immigration status.

Oct 15, 2007 States' Immigrant Policies Diverge: In Differences, Some See Obstacles For a National Law

QUOTE: As the Bush administration and Congress sit gridlocked on an immigration overhaul, states are jumping into the debate as never before. In the process, they are creating a national patchwork of incongruous immigration laws that some observers fear will make it far more difficult to enact any comprehensive, federally mandated bill down the line.

Washington Post
Oct 14, 2007 Rules to Collect Care Costs Are Coming Under Attack

QUOTE: Such regulations, known as offset rules, are under attack around the country, with lawyers arguing that they are punitive, violate the First Amendment by limiting the rights of some people to sue, and create a chilling effect, as lawyers are less willing to take cases when they know state or city officials will try to cut into any potential payments.

New York Times
Sep 18, 2007 Should teachers be allowed to pack a gun? The case of an Oregon teacher fighting for the right to take a gun to school for protection from her ex-husband.

QUOTE: In Michigan last week, 16 state lawmakers sponsored legislation allowing teachers, administrators, and other school employees to carry concealed weapons on school property. Ohio has a similar bill pending.South Carolina, Alabama, and Virginia are among several other states that have considered lifting school campus gun bans this year...

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 17, 2007 New Haven opts to validate its illegal residents: The Connecticut city begins issuing ID cards July 24 to undocumented immigrants, a first in the US.

QUOTE: At a time when a rising number of states and cities are cracking down on illegal immigrants, New Haven, Conn., is reaching out to them with a unique perk: an ID card .... But New Haven's move has also prompted protests.

Christian Science Monitor
May 22, 2007 Doctors, Legislators Resist Drugmakers' Prying Eyes

QUOTE: Many doctors object to drugmakers' common practice of contracting with data-mining companies to track exactly which medicines physicians prescribe and in what quantities -- information marketers and salespeople use to fine-tune their efforts.

Washington Post
Apr 16, 2007 The Divided States of America: States and municipalities are responding in wildly different ways to undocumented workers

QUOTE: more than 80 immigration-related laws were enacted in 32 states in 2006; most of those measures were attempts to crack down on illegal immigrants. Wyoming, for example, enacted a law in 2005 that changed the state's definition of "employee" to mean someone an employer believes to be a citizen or permanent resident at the date of hire.

Apr 05, 2007 As US foreclosures mount, states step in: New laws aim to prevent fraud, and states are creating task forces and designating funds to deal with the issue.

QUOTE: Soaring foreclosure rates are sending states scrambling...Their goal: to protect homeowners from a new crop of scam artists who claim they will "rescue" borrowers. At the same time, some states are forming funds that could provide affordable fixed-rate mortgages to those on the precipice of losing their homes.

Christian Science Monitor
Dec 31, 2006 States Take Lead on Ethics Rules for Lawmakers

QUOTE: Several states, responding to the federal scandals as well as their own statehouse imbroglios, have already adopted more sweeping gift and travel bans, broader measures to end the central role of lobbyists or government contractors in financing campaigns and new public campaign financing intended to reduce lawmakers’ dependence on big donors.

New York Times
Jul 12, 2006 In Colorado, a Deal On Immigration Bills: GOP Angered as Issue Won't Go to Voters

QUOTE: Colorado Gov. Bill Owens (R) cut a deal with Democratic leaders on a package of bills to deny some state services to illegal immigrants and to punish employers who hire them...they wanted to avoid a divisive ballot proposal.

Washington Post
Jul 10, 2006 States try to block illegal workers

QUOTE: At least 30 states have passed laws or taken other steps this year to crack down on illegal immigrants, often making it harder for undocumented workers to find jobs or receive public services.

Jun 15, 2006 Developments bar sex offenders

QUOTE: Private housing developers are joining a surging number of communities that are telling convicted sex offenders who need a place to live: "Not in my backyard."...Banning sex offenders from private property does not violate the Fair Housing Act, but restrictions by states and cities are worrisome...

May 03, 2006 Hill Impasse Spurs State Action on Immigration

QUOTE: For the most part, the new state measures are designed to get tough on illegal immigrants, on employers who give them jobs and on state officials who give them benefits...At the same time, though, some states are moving in the other direction -- making life easier for immigrants, legal or otherwise.

Washington Post

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