Interested in learning more about legislative issues across the US that might affect you or your business? Check out the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) website. NCSL is a bipartisan organization created in 1975 to serve the members and staff of state legislatures. NCSL staff conducts policy research on a variety of topics, helps draft bills, testify and organize training and workshops for state legislative staff members.

Many of their reports are available for free on their research page and offer timely information on current issues. Some of the reports include interactive charts and maps to provide current details on the topic for each state. You can also sign up for an RSS feed of their blog to get articles and updates, including key Supreme Court decisions that might affect your business.

Some current report topics include:

  • distributed solar energy
  • body-worn camera for law enforcement
  • commercial use of drones
  • medical marijuana laws
  • social media privacy
  • school choice and charter schools
  • state minimum wages
  • immigration laws

Free state statute databases are available from Lexis Nexis for 14 jurisdictions. Most states offer free legal resources on their state government website. For example, the Colorado General Assembly site has links to the Federal & Colorado Constitution, state specific statutes, and agency rules & regulations.

Need more in-depth information about state legal issues that might impact your business? Contact us to discuss the types of research and services that we can provide.