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StateBill number (year)IssueBenefit categorySponsorElevator pitchProblem it solvesPressLanguageAdditional pressInterview with sponsorSupporting organizationOfficial program information
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FloridaHb221 (2016)Health careLowers household budgetsRepresentative Carlos TrujilloEstablishes a dispute-resolution process meant to help shield patients from unexpected medical bills from emergency treatment situations, when patients sometimes get unexpected bills because doctors in the hospitals are not part of the insurance plans’ networkshttp://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20160414/NEWS/160419946?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialhttps://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2016/0221/BillText/er/PDF
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FloridaSB912 (2016)Crime preventionProtect prople from crimeSenator Anitere FloresRequires gas stations to install an anti-skimming device to stop thieves from stealing credit card information from customershttps://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2016/0912/BillText/er/PDF
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FloridaSB1602 (2016)Injury preventionProtect people from death or injurySenator Bill GalvanoRequires new elevators to include a sensor like a garage door to stop closing if a person is detected inside ths shaft http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/lawmakers-back-elevator-bill-stemming-boys-death#stream/0https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2016/1602/BillText/er/HTML
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FloridaSB12 (2016)Drug addictionEfficient governmentSenator Rene Garcia"No Wrong Door" coordinates all care for mental health and substance abuse, regardless of how the patient interacts with state either through law enforcement or personal initiativehttp://www.floridataxwatch.org/PressRoom/TabId/387/ArtMID/1733/ArticleID/62/Statement-On-Passage-Of-Bill-Addressing-Mental-Health-And-Substance-Abuse-Services-In-Florida.aspxhttps://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2016/12/BillText/er/HTML
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CaliforniaCurrent lawEconomic developmentIncrease incomeProhibit non-compete employment agreements altogether to encourage innovation for company and job creationhttp://www.vox.com/2016/4/12/11349248/noncompetes-silicon-valley-route-128
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MarylandInjury preventionProtect people from death or injurtyMandates the use of ignition interlock devices — machines that administer an automated breath test before the vehicle will start — in the vehicles of convicted drunken drivers below the 0.08 thresholdhttp://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/blog/bal-senate-oks-noahs-law-20160328-story.html
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TexasCurrent lawInjury preventionProtect people from death or injuryRequire that all who dial the three digits 911 would be connected to an emergency dispatcher regardless of the multi-line telephone system - "Kari's Law"http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2016/04/texas-lawmakers-push-for-karis-law-to-reform-911-access-following-death-of-texas-woman.html/
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IllinoisSB2205 (2016)Injury preventionProtect people from death or injurySenator Martin SandovalRequire that all emergency room physicians who treat a patient for a black-out condition report the driver to the Secretary of State for a potential revocation of the drivers license (instead of relying on self-reporting by the patient) - "Vanessa's Law"http://ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=&SessionId=88&GA=99&DocTypeId=SB&DocNum=2205&GAID=13&LegID=93040&SpecSess=&Session=
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Economic developmentLowers household budgetsRequire all business loans with a personal guarantee to comply with state-level Regulation X requirements of term transparency
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IllinoisSB2878 (2016)Injury preventionProtect people from death or injurtySenator Chris NyboEncourages but does not require police officers and school bus drivers to carry the epi-pen in case a child suffers an allergic attackhttp://chicago.cbslocal.com/2016/04/17/after-teen-daughters-death-elmhurst-mom-pushing-for-law-encouraging-police-officers-to-carry-epipens/http://ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=09900SB2878sam003&GA=99&SessionId=88&DocTypeId=SB&LegID=96197&DocNum=2878&GAID=13&Session=
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MontanaExecutive Order (2011)Health careEfficient governmentCreates state-run health clinics without copays or deductibles for all state employees administered by private entity located in government facilities that offers expansive range of primary care services to save state money in self-insured plans by avoiding health costshttp://www.npr.org/2013/07/30/206654000/montanas-state-run-free-clinic-sees-early-successhttp://healthcenter.mt.gov/http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/montana-averts-huge-shortfall-for-health-care-system/article_7653af73-4e1f-5fe5-b5ce-255b95631e55.html
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New York CityIntro 295-ATransitLowers household budgetsDan GarodnickAllows all employees to pay for their transit passes with pre-tax wages through their employers. Employers required to participate in a federal program that lets employees buy transit pases with their pre-tax wages.Increased transit ridership key for climate change and reducing transportation costs, but many employers aren't enrolling in a valuable federal program for employees to buy transit with their pre-tax wageshttp://www.amny.com/transit/lawmaker-wants-big-businesses-to-offer-commuter-tax-benefit-1.7840650http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/View.ashx?M=F&ID=3421046&GUID=0161128B-4E6F-4308-9E2D-743D31F63377http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/exclusive-tax-breaks-nyc-commuters-2016-article-1.2410989Riders Alliancehttp://www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/about/pre-tax-transit-benefits-law.page
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Injury preventionProtect people from death or injuryGrant pedestrians the right of way while they are in a crosswalk or when they make a clear signal of their intent to enter a crosswalk
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IllinoisSB2613 (2016)FamilyProvides dignity in hard timesSenator Jennifer Bertino-TarrantAllows all employees up to 10 days of unpaid time off upon the death of a childhttp://www.wjol.com/2016/04/11/senator-bertino-tarrant-wants-four-week-unpaid-leave-for-grieving-parents/http://ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=09900SB2613eng&GA=99&SessionId=88&DocTypeId=SB&LegID=95913&DocNum=2613&GAID=13&Session=
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IllinoisHB5973Economic developmentReduces crimeRepresentative Marcus EvansLimits the ability of state licensing agencies to revoke a license based solely on a criminal conviction; applies to roofers, barbers, cosmetologists, and other fieldshttp://ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=09900HB5973eng&GA=99&SessionId=88&DocTypeId=HB&LegID=95473&DocNum=5973&GAID=13&Session=https://www.illinoispolicy.org/illinois-house-passes-occupational-licensing-reform-bill/
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Economic developmentLowering employer costsAny public or private employer may buy into the health insurance pool of government employees and/or retirees at a price calculated to generate a small surplus for the pool after expected medical and administrative costs.
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OregonEconomic developmentEncouraging business growthAllows unemployment insurance beneficiaries to start their own business without losing their benefits http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/657.158https://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/Unemployment/Pages/SEA.aspx
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ConnecticutSB913 (2015)Health careEfficient governmentRepresentative Peter TercyakAllow any municipality to join the state employee health insurance poolMunicipalities often pay a high price for health insurance for their employees as they don't have enough scale to negotiate better rateshttp://www.courant.com/breaking-news/hc-local-state-health-pool-bill-20150527-story.htmlhttps://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/ACT/PA/2015PA-00093-R00SB-00913-PA.htm
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FloridaEconomic developmentLowers employer costsAllows companies to pay their unemployment insurance tax (called reemployment insurance tax in Florida) in quarterly installments instead of all in the first quarter of the yearMany small businesses face a cash crunch in the first quarter of the year when they pay their entire unemployment insurance tax and their federal income tax all in April - quarterly installment payments each that cash crunchhttp://dor.myflorida.com/Forms_library/current/rt6.pdf
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MinnesotaCHAPTER 169--S.F.No. 1543Health careEfficient governmentCreates a new medical license of community paramedic that allows employing fire departments to perform Medicaid-reimbursable actions for chronically ill underserved population that disproportionately call 911 at a much higher costhttp://www.emsworld.com/article/10913443/medicaid-reimbursement-for-community-paramedics-in-minnesotahttps://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/laws/?id=169&doctype=Chapter&year=2012&type=0#laws.0.1.0http://current.mnsun.com/2014/04/04/affordable-care-act-prompts-new-role-for-paramedics/http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/orhpc/workforce/emerging/cp/index2.html
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IllinoisSB322DemocracyMore representative governmentSenator Kwame RaoulCreates an interstate compact for fair representation that binds each member state to create an independent redistricting commission for federal districts when all states with three or more Members of the House of Representatives join the compactSolves the gerrymandering problem for Congress without requiring any one state to "unilaterally disarm" http://ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=09900SB0322sam002&GA=99&SessionId=88&DocTypeId=SB&LegID=84283&DocNum=322&GAID=13&Session=
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No faculty member or teacher at a public institution of education may require their students to purchase any product, including a textbook or learning materials, that the assigning teacher has a financial interest in or receives any personal compensation from the sale thereof. Education, particularly textbooks, are expensive
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MarylandHB260DemocracyExpanding government by the peopleDelegate David MoonRequires vacancies to be filled by a special election at the next congressional election and an interim appoited from the same political party for the offices of US Senate, comptroller and attorney generalUS Senators can be appointed in the event of a vacancy which undercuts democratic normshttp://marylandreporter.com/2015/03/05/delegates-push-for-special-elections-for-vacancies-in-u-s-senate-legislature-parties-opposed/http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2016RS/chapters_noln/Ch_511_hb0260T.pdf
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VermontS.216Health careLowers household budgetsRepresentative Chris PearsonLists the 15 drugs with the highest price increases in the last year paid by Medicaid and asks the drug companies to provide a written explanation for the price increase; studies whether the federal drug pricing program 340B ought be implementedPrescription drug prices are spiking, particularly for state-financed pools like Medicaidhttp://vtdigger.org/2016/04/26/house-backs-prescription-drug-price-transparency-bill/http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/S-0216/S-0216%20As%20Passed%20by%20Both%20House%20and%20Senate%20Official.pdf
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VermontH.458DemocracyExpanding government by the peopleRepresentative Chris PearsonAutomatically register citizens to vote using existing government agenciesRequiring citizens to register themselves to vote with an obscure government agency reduces citizen participationhttp://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/04/vermont-automatic-voter-registration/480423/http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0458/H-0458%20As%20Passed%20by%20Both%20House%20and%20Senate%20Unofficial.pdfDemos
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IllinoisHB6073Civil rightsProvides dignity for a minority Representative Greg HarrisModernizes transgender definition from proof-of-surgery to a declaration from a licensed health care professional the citizen has undergone clinically appropriate treatmentOlder requirement of surgery to define transgender isn't appropriate in all circumstanceshttp://progressillinois.com/quick-hits/content/2016/02/15/state-bill-would-modernize-process-change-gender-illinois-birthhttp://ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=09900HB6073ham001&GA=99&SessionId=88&DocTypeId=HB&LegID=95603&DocNum=6073&GAID=13&Session=Equality Illinois
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IllinoisHB6562Health careLowers household budgetsRepresentative Greg HarrisCreates more consumer-driven transparency and network adequacy for health insurance networks by requiring Department of Insurance approval for new and changed networks of providers based on new standards of full-time equivalent providers compared to plan beneficiaries, distance traveled to access those providers as well as requiring insurance carriers to electronically post their participating providers network onlineInsurance carriers are creating "narrow networks" often in the middle of the year leaving patients without access to specialists and without knowledge of the lack of providers in their networkhttps://www.isms.org/News_and_Publications/Publications/Physician_Advocate/2016/0429/NARROW_NETWORKS/?utm_content=buffer89b11&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=bufferIllinois State Medical Society
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ConnecticutHB5054Gun safetyProtects the vulnerableRepresentative William TongProhibits subjects of temporary restraining orders from possessing gunsWomen in domestic abuse situations are five times more likely to be killed if their partner possesses a firearmhttp://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/house_approves_bill_to_help_domestic_violence_victims/https://www.cga.ct.gov/2016/ACT/pa/2016PA-00034-R00HB-05054-PA.htm
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PennsylvaniaHB1233Health careProtect people from injuryRepresentative Marguerite QuinnProvides patients the right to all information of abnormal findings from all medical tests performedMedical errors are the third leading cause of death in the US and some errors are caused by neglecting to convey to patient an abnormal findinghttp://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-patient-test-results-information-act-20160515-story.htmlhttp://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=PDF&sessYr=2015&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=B&billNbr=1233&pn=2473
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IllinoisHB3554Undocumented rightsIncrease incomeRepresentative Will GuzzardiAllows the undocumented an opportunity to collect any wages that were stolen from them and recovered by a state agency on their behalfState agencies were requiring proof of citizenship or a Social Security number for victims of wage theft to collect their money the agency had secured on their behalf, locking out the undocumentedhttp://ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=09900HB3554enr&GA=99&SessionId=88&DocTypeId=HB&LegID=89743&DocNum=3554&GAID=13&Session=
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IllinoisHB5902Civil rightsProtects speech Representative Will GuzzardiGives public high school students who work on school newspapers or media rights as a journalistProtects high school student-journalists from getting bullied by their administration and fixes a bad 1986 Supreme Court case called Hazelwood that stripped First Amendment protections from school-sponsored papershttp://www.sequoitmedia.com/25892/news/student-journalist-free-speech-bill-uniamiously-passes-committee/http://ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=09900HB5902enr&GA=99&SessionId=88&DocTypeId=HB&LegID=95387&DocNum=5902&GAID=13&Session=http://www.splc.org/article/2016/05/illinois-new-voices-final-passage
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New YorkS5527 (2015)EnvironmentProtects health and reduces climate changeSenator Brad HoylmanMandates a state energy plan to reach 100% clean energy by 2030Climate change and the corresponding floods, droughts, hurricans and coastal erosion is caused primarily by pollution from coal, oil and natural gas, much of which is generated from power plantshttps://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2015/S5527http://thesolutionsproject.org/
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ConnecticutHB6117 (2015)Higher EducationReduces cost of higher educationRepresentative Gregory HaddadRequires a pilot program and a task force on setting up open source textbooks (textbooks without copyright protection where it is free to access)Textbooks are very expensive as students are forced to purchase the product and the professor often has a financial interest in the sale of the product. http://dailycampus.com/stories/2016/9/7/bookstore-press-conference-uconn-open-source-textbookshttps://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/ACT/SA/2015SA-00018-R00HB-06117-SA.htmhttps://www.ct-n.com/ctnplayer.asp?odID=13073
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IllinoisSB3457 (2016)Climate changeSlows down climate changeSenator Martin SandovalRequires all public pensions funds to develop a climate change risk minimization policy that quantifies the risk to the fund's financial holdings from climate change and authorizes the fund to determine a policy for all corporate equitites held by the fund on voting for shareholder resolutions or directors to advance policies that minimize the long-term risk to the fund's assets from increased climate change.The long-term interests of pension funds are not often represented in corporate decision-making and this helps to decarbonize corporate America by taking a long-term view http://www.ClimateEmergencyResponse.org
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