Welcome to ALICE!

 

Welcome to the American Legislative and Issue Campaign Exchange, or ALICE, the one-stop web-based public library of progressive state and local laws.  The library includes model laws, meaning suggested general language for a law, ready to be tailored to a particular jurisdiction; "exemplary" laws that have been introduced or enacted somewhere and are worthy of replication; and various types of "supports" that help to make the argument for particular laws.  The ALICE library now houses over 2,100 exemplary laws, model laws, and supporting research documents!

BREAKING NEWS: The Progressive States Network (PSN) will be merging with ALICE to create a new organization to support progressive legislators and partner organizations across the country. For more information, check out the Joint Statement on the PSN and ALICE Merger from ALICE Executive Director, Nick Rathod, and PSN Board Chair, Sen. Joe Bolkcom.

   

               
 

Enormous student demand for Tennessee's Promise Scholarship

The Tennessee Promise Scholarship, which offers free tuition to in-state community colleges, has attracted over 35,000 applications from high school seniors. The program is funded by state lottery revenue and provides up to two and a half years of community college tuition. Chicago has recently followed Tennessee's lead with its Chicago Star Scholarship. Helping to cover the cost of college tuition is one way to address the disparity in college graduation rates between rich and poor students.  

   

Montgomery County approves public finance of local campaigns

The Montgomery County Council in Maryland approved a plan to establish partial public funding for local elections. The new plan provides a 6-to-1 or 4-to-1 public funds-match for donations up to $150, depending on the position, and candidates accepting public funds are prohibited from accepting corporate or PAC contributions. Public financing of elections diminishes big money and special interest influence on elections and governing. Check out the ALICE Public Financing toolkit for more innovative ideas for improving campaign finance policies. 

   

How to Use the ALICE Website

There are many ways to search the ALICE library to find exactly what you are looking for. There are many parameters that you can utilize to search the library, including subject, policy area, year, state, source, and more. This brief tutorial on how to use the alicelaw.org website can help you find innovative and progressive legislation and supporting research documents with ease.  

 

   

   

 

Same sex marriage now legal for the majority of Americans

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear cases from three federal appeals courts on same-sex marriage, meaning same-sex marriages may proceed in five additional states. For the first time, the majority of Americans live in states where same-sex marriages are legal. Since Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex marriage in 2004, marriage equality has become law in 25 other states.  The shift in public approval of same-sex marriage has been just as dramatic.

   

Burlington leads the way as other cities plan for more renewables

Burlington, VT has reached a milestone, receiving 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. Burlington's achievements bode well for other cities with similar goals. Austin, TX is the most recent city to join the ranks of cities with ambitious renewable energy plans, approving a resolution last month to be powered by zero emissions electricity by 2030. Check out ALICE's Energy and Environment toolkits to learn more about policies that encourage renewable energy use and reduce carbon footprints.

   

On-body cameras lead to greater police accountability

The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri have led to a greater discussion of police accountability.  Police use of on-body cameras has shown decreased use of force and a significant decrease in the number of complaints filed against police.  This ACLU policy brief describes guidelines for effective police body-mounted camera policies.  Check out the ALICE library for other examples of legislation addressing police accountability.