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June 21, 2019
Texas Bill Addressing ‘Wild, Wild West’ of Pecan Theft Would License Buyers
Pecan thieves have allegedly moved in from New Mexico and are stealing from orchards. Licensing pecan buyers is this bill's solution.
Criminal Justice
June 20, 2019
Michigan House Considers Reforming ‘Good Moral Character’ Clauses
Overly broad morals clauses can create a barrier to gainful employment.
Regulation
June 19, 2019
Northeastern States Embrace, Other States Prohibit, Plastic Bag Bans
Minnesota is one of a growing number of states that has enacted a state-wide law prohibiting local governments from banning or regulating bags.
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Environment
June 19, 2019
New York City Mayor de Blasio Vows to Ban Glass and Steel Skyscrapers
New York City’s iconic and historic glass and steel skyscrapers have no place in the city under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Green New Deal, unless they undergo extensive and expensive retrofitting
Government Spending
June 18, 2019
Debt, Deficits and the Cost of Free Lunches
It seems that every generation or two, fundamental economic ideas are questioned and challenged.
Health Care
June 18, 2019
Trump Administration Expands Options for Health Reimbursement Arrangements
The Trump administration approved a new rule that gives businesses more options in providing health care coverage to their employees through Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA).

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June 21, 2019
By Kenneth Artz
Pecan thieves have allegedly moved in from New Mexico and are stealing from orchards. Licensing pecan buyers is this bill's solution.
June 20, 2019
By Jeff Reynolds
Overly broad morals clauses can create a barrier to gainful employment.
June 19, 2019
By Kelsey Hackem
Minnesota is one of a growing number of states that has enacted a state-wide law prohibiting local governments from banning or regulating bags.
June 19, 2019
By Kenneth Artz
New York City’s iconic and historic glass and steel skyscrapers have no place in the city under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Green New Deal, unless they undergo extensive and expensive retrofitting
June 18, 2019
By Richard Ebeling
It seems that every generation or two, fundamental economic ideas are questioned and challenged.
June 18, 2019
By AnneMarie Schieber
The Trump administration approved a new rule that gives businesses more options in providing health care coverage to their employees through Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA).
June 17, 2019
By Kenneth Artz
The United States D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in April struck down another attempt to restrict the use of hydrofluorocarbons, a refrigerant, based on its being a greenhouse gas.
June 14, 2019
By Jim Lakely
This is hardly a scoop, let alone a scandal.
June 14, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
A privately financed, high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas
June 13, 2019
By Kenneth Artz
Any effort to require that 100 percent of the electric power supply in any one state or for the United States as a whole come from renewable power energy sources would lead to extremely high costs and power shortages.
June 12, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
Whitmer proposes to raise the gas tax from 26 cents per gallon to 71 cents per gallon.
June 11, 2019
By Kenneth Artz
Washington State became the first state in the nation to legalize an accelerated decomposition method to transform deceased persons into soil after Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill passed by state legislators.
June 10, 2019
By Jake Grant
The bill would require art therapists to have a master’s degree in art therapy and a thousand hours of clinical training.
June 10, 2019
By Kenneth Artz
The District of Columbia Appeals Court rejected North East states efforts to force the Environmental Protection Agency to include more states in a regional ozone organization.
June 7, 2019
By Jake Grant
Measure passed unanimously by state legislature automates the process of expunging criminal records.
June 7, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
The Trump administration is appealing rulings by a federal court that have blocked the implementation of Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky and found a similar program already in place in Arkansas violates federal law.
June 6, 2019
By David Ranson
Raising the top personal income tax bracket to 70 percent would reduce GDP by an estimated 11 percent.
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June 6, 2019
By H. Sterling Burnett
South Dakota's legislature adopted a legislative package, aimed at preventing the kind of violent protests that delayed and raised the costs of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota.
June 5, 2019
By Ashley Herzog
Program serves low-income New Hampshire students.
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June 5, 2019
By Ashley Bateman
The organization behind a program to provide free health care to underserved women says it has no interest in federal grant money because it wants to deliver its family planning message without government intrusion.
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June 5, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
The Kansas State Legislature adjourned for the year after deciding not to expand Medicaid coverage to as many as 150,000 additional residents in the state.
June 5, 2019
By H. Sterling Burnett
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission concluded a proposed pipeline project carrying natural gas from the shale fields of Pennsylvania connecting to utilities throughout the Northeast was in the public interest and approved its construction.
June 4, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
By an overwhelming 29-2 margin, the Texas Senate approved legislation designed to prevent patients from being subjected to surprise medical bills.
June 4, 2019
By Ashley Herzog
The Tennessee General Assembly passed a Right to Shop bill intended to help consumers find out the true cost of the medical services they receive.
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June 4, 2019
By AnneMarie Schieber
Editor’s Note: With legislative sessions winding down in Missouri and Tennessee, three state lawmakers are hopeful their bills have opened the door to reform and eventual repeal of their states’ certificate of need (CON) laws.
June 4, 2019
The Texas State Legislature is considering a bill that would require freestanding emergency rooms (ERs), those separated from hospitals, to post notice of the health benefit plans for which the facility is an in-network provider.
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June 3, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
A number of New Mexico counties adopted right-to-work ordinances, then the Legislature stepped in.
June 3, 2019
By Ashley Herzog
The FDA is considering modifying the definitions, called “standards of identity,” for a variety of food products.
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June 3, 2019
By AnneMarie Schieber
A bill to create a Prescription Drug Affordability Board cleared the Maryland General Assembly and has been sent to Gov. Larry Hogan for his signature.
June 3, 2019
By H. Sterling Burnett
Ignoring objections raised by business groups, conservative politicians, and consumers, Maine became the first state in the country to ban Styrofoam, also known as polystyrene.
June 3, 2019
An experimental treatment that enabled a man with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to literally run around the room while testifying before a FDA panel has cast a new light on the agency’s process of approving life-improving treatments quickly.
June 3, 2019
By Ashley Herzog
With bipartisan support, Congress is moving forward with the Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act, which aims to expand market opportunities for generic drugs.
May 31, 2019
After some back and forth in the Georgia General Assembly, Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law significant reforms to the state’s Certificate of Need (CON) process.
May 31, 2019
By Kelsey Hackem
Medicare’s assets will be depleted by 2026, the 2019 Medicare Board of Trustees Annual Report states.
May 31, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
A rarely used state Senate rule and growing concerns over the potential cost of providing health care to tens of thousands of additional low-income residents in North Carolina stymied efforts to enact Medicaid expansion in this year’s legislative session.
May 31, 2019
By H. Sterling Burnett
The United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved two new Liquefied Natural Gas export projects in April.
May 31, 2019
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made revisions to the rules on Title X funding to give low-income women more options for health care and family planning services.
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May 30, 2019
By Lennie Jarratt
In the 20 years since the April 20, 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, two people who were affected by that day have taken up the issue of student safety.
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May 29, 2019
By H. Sterling Burnett
Tesla reported losses of $702 million during the first quarter of 2019, breaking a streak of two straight quarters posting a profit.
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May 29, 2019
Florida has joined Colorado, Missouri, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia in attempting to save money on prescription drugs by importing them from another country.