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 […]

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 […]