Where’s the Advocacy Action? Its in the States.
Here’s a statistic that might surprise you. Congress has passed 51 bills and resolutions so far this year. State legislatures, in that same time, passed 26,807.
States are important. From marijuana policy to education and healthcare, many of the major decisions are being made in state capitals these days, where the gridlock that plagues Washington has not yet taken hold.
That’s why CQ Roll Call created State Trackers, a blog dedicated to those who track state legislation and regulation, and The 50 State Project, a report on the top state issues by the reporters who cover them.
The 50 State Project
When CQ Roll Call launched The 50 State Project earlier this year, it started with a simple question: what issues truly drive state legislatures? We knew that productivity in Congress was declining. We knew that the pace in the states was moving ever faster. What was making state lawmakers act?
After Months of work, the report that emerged was unique: a comprehensive listing and analysis of state issues, written by the very reporters who cover them. It has been downloaded free of charge thousands of times. The Washington Post wrote about it.
Now, a second edition is available, which will ask those same reporters – and a few new faces – to weigh in following the legislative sessions earlier this year. We have added some new features, like a listing for Puerto Rico. But the goal is the same: to find out what drives state lawmakers to pass tens of thousands of bills each session, and which issues get the most attention.