More Key Legislative Issues for 2008 Analyzed in State Capitol Countdown

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State Net analysts release the second part of their comprehensive preview of 2008's hottest legislative topics.

State Net, the online legislative information service, has released the conclusion of its two-part series previewing key issues state lawmakers will face in the coming year. The first part was released on Monday, Dec. 17.

According to Rich Ehisen, State Net Capitol Journal editor and co-author of the preview, "With Washington stuck in partisan-fueled gridlock, states are taking on more and more of the critical issues that once fell to the federal government. That means state legislatures in 2008 will face an ever widening spectrum of difficult problems, from healthcare woes to illegal immigration.

The topics State Net experts preview this week include:

privatization/monetization of state assets: With the housing market in freefall and budgetary demands higher than ever, at least a dozen states, including California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York And Texas, are considering plans to sell or lease their lotteries. Other state assets, such as utilities, parking garages, water systems and airports, may be headed for the auction block too.

Retail health clinics: Billed as a means of reducing health-care costs while at the same time catering to time-pressed consumers with garden-variety ailments, hundreds of health clinics have sprung up in retail stores like CVS and Wal-Mart. Since these clinics are generally staffed by nurse practitioners who can write prescriptions, numerous oversight measures have been proposed, focusing on doctor supervision of the nurses and possible conflicts of interest between clinics and their host retailers.

Voter ID: Seven states currently require photo ID to vote, while 17 others require identification that doesn't have to include a photo. But with the 2008 presidential election less than a year away, this political hot potato will figure prominently on legislative agendas as the two major parties angle for every vote they can muster. Twenty-one states have over 150 related bills that will carry over into the 2008 session.

Other issues covered in the report include legislation related to insurance, Real ID, food and drug labeling and electronic waste.

Go to http://www.statenet.com/capitol_journal/current#top to view the 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:
State Net Staff. (2007, Dec 24). "More key issues for 2008." State Net Capitol Journal.
http://www.statenet.com/capitol_journal/current#top

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