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Legalization Across the United States

June 12, 2017 | Leonine

By Dylan Zwicky In May, the Vermont Legislature passed S.22, an act relating to penalties for possession of limited amounts of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older. This set the stage for Vermont to be the first state in the country to legalize marijuana for recreational use through the legislative process, rather […]

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Racial Gerrymandering Loses at the Supreme Court, Partisan Gerrymandering Up Next

June 5, 2017 | FOCUS

BY FOCUS, a Leonine Business   In a move that will likely have legislative repercussions throughout the country, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on May 22 that state Republicans in North Carolina acted unconstitutionally when redrawing state congressional districts in 2010, reports The New York Times. The case, Cooper v. Harris, found that the Equal […]

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Amidst Opioid Crisis, State Attorneys General Urge Congress to Continue Funding Drug Treatment Programs

May 2, 2017 | FOCUS

BY FOCUS, a Leonine Business   The attorneys general of 19 states and the District of Columbia announced recently that they have formed a coalition urging the U.S. Congress to include adequate drug treatment funding in any potential legislation seeking to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The attorneys general argue that during […]

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As American Health Care Act Fails, Red States Warm to Affordable Care Act

April 3, 2017 | FOCUS

BY FOCUS, a Leonine Business   Over seven years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, debate over the law continues to rage. At the federal level, the recent failure of the American Healthcare Act, the Republican plan to “repeal and replace” the ACA, failed after it became apparent that it did not have […]

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States Risk Economic Slowdown with Income Tax Proposals

March 6, 2017 | FOCUS

BY FOCUS, a Leonine Business If states are truly “laboratories of democracy” as is often mused, then the state of Kansas has in recent years turned itself into a veritable science project gone wrong through a series of tax policy missteps coupled with a staunch unwillingness to change course. In 2011, the state implemented an […]