Author: Leonine FOCUS

States Cracking Down on Employee Misclassification

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business Over the past decade, the rise of the so-called “gig economy,” which includes services such as Uber and Lyft, has transformed the American economy and everyday life, making it significantly easier to book a hotel, find a cab ride or get any type of food delivered directly to your door. […]

State and Federal Friction on Green Energy

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business Over the past three years, the Trump Administration has been undertaking a massive rollback of federal environmental regulations, to the applause of Republicans and the chagrin of Democrats. As of December 2019, at least 58 environmental rules had been completely rolled back, while another 37 rollbacks were in progress. These […]

Medicaid Expansions Come Down to Voters vs. Legislators

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business Medicaid expansion has been one of the hottest topics in state legislatures for nearly a decade now, following a 2012 Supreme Court decision which, among several other key provisions, ruled that the Medicaid expansion provisions of the Affordable Care Act were opt-in only, meaning that individual states themselves could choose […]

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 […]