This Week in FOCUS, November 13, 2017

Session Info Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania are in regular session. The District of ColumbiaCouncil, Puerto Rico and the United States Congress are also in regular session. New Jersey and Rhode Island are in recess to the call of the chair. Wisconsin adjourned its 2017 session on November 9 and is scheduled to reconvene on […]

States Fight Back Against Local Measures

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business   Michigan’s Senate became the first legislative chamber in the nation to fight back against so-called “soda taxes” on Wednesday, when it passed a bill that would prohibit municipalities and counties from placing any additional taxes on food, drinks or chewing gum, according to The Detroit News. Republicans supporting the […]

States Flex their Muscles on Immigration

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business   On August 30, a U.S. District Court issued a preliminary injunction against a Texas law set to take effect that sought to crack down against so-called “sanctuary cities”, or cities where local authorities limit or refuse to cooperate with federal immigration laws and any federal efforts to enforce these […]

Bipartisan Health Reform Efforts Coalesce

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business   After another spectacular and somewhat expected crashing and burning of federal healthcare reform efforts, a new and often unfamiliar approach is beginning to take hold on the issue in Washington, with the support of numerous state governors, congressional legislators and outside advocacy groups: bipartisanship. While such a strategy is […]

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

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 […]