Corporations Use their Clout to Shape Policy

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business   In May, the Seattle City Council unanimously agreed to pass a new ordinance known as a “head tax”, which would have imposed a $275 per-employee tax on businesses in the city that take in more than $20 million annually; the tax was primarily aimed at the corporate giants like […]

State Attorneys General Take On the Feds

By FOCUS, a Leonine business   In 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the Obama administration, enacted strict vehicle emissions and mileage standards aimed at increasing fuel economy for cars and light-duty trucks. The rules sought to require these types of vehicles to get at least 55 miles per gallon for model years […]

New Frontiers of the State/Federal Marijuana Showdown

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business   Over the past decade, the legalization of marijuana – both medically and recreationally – has exploded across the country. Just this year, Vermont became the ninth state, including the District of Columbia, to legalize the use of marijuana recreationally, while 29 total states now allow medical use of the […]

This Week in FOCUS – February 5th, 2018

Session Info Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois,Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin are in regular session. The […]

2018 FOCUS Legislative Preview

FOCUS Legislative Review 2017/Preview 2018 Download the PDF Version With uncertainty at the federal level continuing into 2018, states will once again direct their focus on responding to federal challenges as they arise and continue to participate in many nationwide policy debates on issues ranging from healthcare to privacy. While Republicans hold the governor’s office […]