Key Legislative Issues Analyzed in State Capitol Countdown

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State Net analysts release their wrap-up of 2007's hottest legislative topics and how the nation's legislators responded on nine key issues.

With state legislatures largely adjourned for the year, State Net, the online legislative information service, has released analysis of how nine key issues fared with lawmakers.

According to Rich Ehisen, editor of State Net's Capitol Journal and co-author of the countdown, "While state lawmakers considered more than 150,000 bills dealing with a multitude of issues this year, only a relative few had the 'legs' to become law especially in multiple states.

"At the start of 2007, there were a number of issues that looked promising. And seven months into the session -- with all but a handful of states having adjourned -- most of these issues have lived up to their billing."

Issues covered in the capitol countdown are:

HPV vaccination - more than 20 states introduced legislation at the start of the year to add HPV to the list of diseases school-age children must be inoculated against. In Texas, a controversial executive order mandating vaccinations was reversed by the legislature and likely put the freeze on other states. Virginia, the lone exception, made the vaccination mandatory for school enrollment.

Data privacy - more than 200 bills were considered in 39 states, typically they require businesses to notify consumers when security breaches have occurred, or allow breach victims to have more control over their credit files afterward. Public furor over a massive security breach at retail giant TJX fueled four much harsher bills that would have forced retailers to bear the full costs to consumers for security breaches--only Connecticut approved their breach accountability measure.

Real ID - Ire over cost and potential privacy issues spurred more than a dozen states to pass bills or resolutions opposing implementation of Real ID, with many more still pending.

Also covered in the report is legislation related to hiring illegal aliens, credit scoring, bans on trans fats, RFID, ethanol and global climate change.

Go to http://www.statenet.com/capitol_journal/08-06-2007/html to view the entire countdown.

About State Net
State Net (http://www.statenet.com) has helped organizations track legislative and regulatory developments for more than 30 years. Headquartered in Sacramento, CA, State Net monitors every bill in the 50 states, District of Columbia and Congress along with all state agency regulations. The company delivers online services, issue-based consultation and analysis that enables the nation's leading organizations to effectively respond to opportunities and risks in the states.

State Net Capitol Journal delivers coverage of issues, decisions, scandals and politics from all 50 states. Featuring analysis of emerging trends, state budgets, governors, legislatures and elections, Capitol Journal readers gain an intelligent overview of the states and issues each week.

References:
Clark, K and Ehisen, R. (2007, August 6). Capitol Countdown. State Net Capitol Journal. http://www.statenet.com/capitol_journal/08-06-2007/html

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