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.

   

               
 

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.

   

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.

 

   

   

 

 

 

Free all-day kindergarten begins in Minnesota

Starting on September 2nd, thousands of youngsters will be able to attend kindergarten in Minnesota free of charge. The state's Department of Education estimates that 54,000, or roughly 95 percent of the state's kindergartners, will participate in the system. The ALICE library has many policy and research documents highlighting the benefits of a universal pre-k system. Check out ALICE's Model Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten for All Act.

   

 

Missouri passes right to farm amendement

Voters in the state of Missouri narrowly passed a constitutional amendment establishing a "right to farm" in the state. The amendment ensures that "agricultural production and ranching practices shall not be infringed," placing severe impediments to future regulation on large farming operations. Missouri joins North Dakota in passing a "right to farm" amendment, drawing language from a model law written by ALEC.

   

 

Massachusetts passes new buffer zone law

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill into law regarding reproductive health clinics that allows peaceful protests while protecting patients and employees from harassment. This law is a response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision which struck down Massachusetts' previous buffer zone law. Under the new law, protesters who block entrances or threaten and harass employees or patients are subject to dispersal or criminal charges.