Author: Leonine FOCUS

Emotional Support Animals Test States Patience

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business Last month, two passengers were removed from a Norwegian Airlines flight to Texas when their emotional support dogs, two French bulldogs, began to act distressed after boarding. More famously, in 2018, a woman was banned from bringing her emotional support peacock on a United Airlines flight from Newark to Los […]

2019 A High Watermark for Marijuana

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business States are swimming in green – both from the plant itself and the revenue it generates – and more are looking to mellow their restrictions to cash in on the movement. The past 23 years have seen a landslide shift in the social and political acceptance of marijuana, and the […]

National Focus Again Turns to Gun Control

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business Heavily lobbied and highly polarized, the gun control debate has once again, unfortunately, reached the forefront of the political debate, at both the state and federal level. Following two mass shootings over a single weekend in early August – one in Texas and the other in Ohio – calls have […]

Supreme Court Pass on Gerrymandering Puts Pressure on States

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business In late June the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a highly anticipated case regarding the legality of partisan gerrymandering in the states. The case in question, Rucho v. Common Cause, centered on gerrymanders in two states, Maryland and North Carolina, and whether legislators in those states acted unconstitutionally when drawing […]

Prescription Drug Pricing Goes Bipartisan

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business Over the past several years, the focus on healthcare policy in both state capitols and the media has shifted largely towards curbing the rise of prescription drug prices. Legislators, emboldened by news stories of skyrocketing prices for brand name and generic drugs, have been tackling the issue head on, in […]

One Year Later, Teachers Still Striking for Wage Increases

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business A little over one year ago teachers across the nation began going on strike to protest chronically low wages, budget cuts, class sizes, and deteriorating schools and infrastructure. In the wake of the great recession and its associated across-the-board spending cuts, education budgets have failed to recover to the extent […]

More States Ask, “Where’s The Beef?”

By FOCUS, a Leonine Company A few years after “ag-gag” bills swept the nation; a new type of agriculture protection bill is now finding favor in farm-heavy state legislatures. This time, the debate boils down to a single word and how it may be used: meat. In recent years, alternative meat products – either made […]

After Deregulation, Airbnb Regulation Goes Statewide

By FOCUS, a Leonine Company Over the last several years, the Airbnb mobile app and website has exploded in popularity, challenging the dominance of hotels and creating an entirely new front in the sharing economy by allowing individuals to monetize their apartments or empty rooms around the globe. Though known by many names, these types […]