Category Archives: Stateline

Make Money from Pot? Then Forget About a Federally Subsidized Loan

The Small Business Administration says that companies that derive any portion of their revenue from marijuana are ineligible for loan assistance. Marijuana legalization at the state level has created a moneymaking opportunity not only for licensed growers and sellers but also for a wide range of ancillary businesses, from publicly traded garden product companies to […]
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So States Ban Bump Stocks. Now How Do They Enforce the Law?

Americans could own as many as 520,000 bump stocks, according to estimates from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Many of these devices, which lack serial numbers, are untraceable. Under New Jersey’s new bump-stock ban, which was approved in January, residents were supposed to destroy or turn in their bump stocks by mid-April. […]
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States Stumble on Internet Privacy

States jumped in to try to regulate internet privacy. But they are finding it tough sledding in the face of opposition from internet service providers and other businesses. OSL Ed. Note:  NCSL Resource listing state measures regarding internet privacy legislation available HERE. Source: States Stumble on Internet Privacy

#MeToo in the Statehouse: At Least 16 Men Are Gone, But the Harassment Culture Isn’t

At least 16 state lawmakers have resigned or been expelled from their legislatures since the #MeToo movement started seven months ago. But many female lawmakers and political consultants say there is a long way to go before the culture in statehouses improves. Source: #MeToo in the Statehouse: At Least 16 Men Are Gone, But the […]
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White-Hat Hackers to the Rescue

As cybercriminals step up their attacks on state governments, officials are hiring friendly hackers to help them uncover hidden security flaws in their computer systems. Hackers aren’t always sneaky, black-hat cybercriminals out to steal information and wreak havoc. Sometimes, they’re the good guys — ethical hackers who uncover security flaws to help prevent the bad […]
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Legal Sports Betting is About to Sweep the Nation. Services for Gambling Addicts Probably Won’t.

The Supreme Court just cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting. But only 17 states pay for one or more full-time staff positions to help problem gamblers and seven states with at least some legal gambling spend no state money at all. Source: Legal Sports Betting is About to Sweep the Nation. Services […]
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Why This State Thinks Engineers Can Save Pedestrians’ Lives

Nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in 2016 — the highest toll since the early 1990s. The problem is increasingly concentrated in certain states. In August 2017, Alexis Dale moved from San Diego to South Florida to attend Florida International University, trading one coastal paradise for another. Two months later, while crossing an eight-lane road near […]
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Why Most States Are Struggling to Regulate Airbnb

At least 16 states debated bills to regulate the short-term rental industry this year. Only one, Indiana’s, was signed into law. Jeannette Belliveau lives with her dog and two cats in a 19th century house in the Upper Fells Point section of Baltimore, not far from Johns Hopkins Hospital, and rents out a couple of […]
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This Jobs Program Just Might Get People Back to Work

A mix of enforcement and assistance gets people off unemployment benefits and back to work faster, research suggests. When the man in the teal hoodie mentioned that he had trained as a pharmacy technician, Lachelle Hill’s voice rose in excitement. “Why don’t I see that on here?” the state job counselor asked, pointing at the […]
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Abuse of Opioid Alternative Gabapentin Is on the Rise

Gabapentin was involved in more than a third of Kentucky overdose deaths last year. Doctors who are cutting back on prescribing opioids increasingly are opting for gabapentin, a safer, non-narcotic drug recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By doing so, they may be putting their opioid-using patients at even greater risk. Source: […]
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