2019 A High Watermark for Marijuana

September 9, 2019 | FOCUS

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

August 14, 2019 | FOCUS

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

July 15, 2019 | FOCUS

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 […]

Tax Preferential “Opportunity Zones” Begin Sprouting Throughout States

June 13, 2019 | FOCUS

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business Many state lawmakers and investors are familiar with enterprise zones – undeveloped or impoverished areas where tax incentives are offered to encourage investment and economic development – as the concept has been around for nearly 40 years. In that time every state has implemented enterprise zones, allowing investors to gain […]

Prescription Drug Pricing Goes Bipartisan

May 14, 2019 | FOCUS

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 […]