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.

   
 

Next Event:

August 18-22, 2014
National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit
Minneapolis, MN

               
 

Free all-day kindergarten begins in Minnesota

Starting on September 2nd, thousands of younsters 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.

   

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.

 

   

   

 

Massachusetts passes new clinic buffer zone law

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill 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 struct down Massachusetts' previous buffer zone law. Under the new law, protesters who block entrances or threaten and harasss employees or patients are subject to dispersal or criminal charges.

   

New York first state to propose Bitcoin regulation

New York may soon be the first state in the country to regulate Bitcoin and other virtual currencies. Bitcoin is not backed by any government entity and can be traded anonymously, making it an attractive currency for illegal activity. The proposed rules require all businesses wishing to store, control, buy, sell, or transfer virtual currency to obtain a license. The rules seek to protect customer assets and discourage illegal uses such as money laundering and the purchasing of contraband by prohibiting anonymous business transactions.

   

City ordinances criminalizing homelessness on the rise

A new report by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) examines nationwide increases in city ordinances that outlaw life sustaining behaviors of the homeless. These ordinances are framed by city officials as an attempt to help the homeless; however, a body of evidence, including a government report, suggests that programs that provide permanent housing and access to drug and alcohol treatment are more successful and economically effective solutions. Check out the NLCHP report to view its policy recommendations for addressing homelessness.