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State Policy: How States are Adjusting Their Laws in the Biden Era

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If you’ve paid any attention to Washington, DC, over the last decade, you’ll have some idea of how dysfunctional Capitol Hill is these days. With a politically polarized nation over the last few election cycles, fueled by hyperbole laced headlines and fake clickbait in mainstream media, politicians would rather kick the can down the road than make tough decisions on important issues you get a lot of talk and little action. For political scientists who study these trends, we’ve seen over the years a significant shift in legislating from the federal level to the states. That means more bills, moving faster, that directly affect you.   

But states were already more productive than Capitol Hill. A 2016 study from Quorum Analytics found that “state legislatures introduce 23 times the number of bills than the U.S. Congress does, totaling an average of 128,145 bills per year and 3.1 million words per day while in session.” In addition, states have historically been more functional, passing more bills into law than Congress. Quorum’s study showed that “19.3% of state Senate bills and 13.3% of state House bills are enacted on average compared with 3.6% and 1.9% of US Senate and House bills respectively.”  

One issue area that has seen much activity in state capitals this year is election reform. Since January 1, 2021, fourteen States so far have passed some sort of election integrity or anti-voter fraud legislation, with more on the way. There is a good reason for that.   

It’s no secret that with President Biden in the White House and with Congress under the control of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Democrats want to overhaul our national election systems completely, put Washington in control, and usurp power from the states and the people in the process. All of that can be found in the Democrats’ signature legislation of 2021: S.1 & H.R. 4. On a national level, AMAC Action has launched campaigns to oppose the legislation and thank Senators who have stepped up against it.  

Cleverly known as the “For the People Act,” this bill would take away the power of state legislatures to draw district lines and make elections laws as enshrined in the Constitution and give it to a bureaucratic body of DC and party elites, change campaign finance laws, and centralize voting with Washington in control. The last thing we need is bureaucrats in Washington telling us how, where, and when we can vote.   

In addition to the Democrats’ radical election law proposals, states have had to adapt to the pandemic while dealing with federal guidelines that didn’t always make sense or came too late. While some states like New York, California, and Michigan extended lockdowns and unemployment benefits to keep people out of work, others like Texas and Florida extended tax cuts and loans for small businesses, incentivized the dignity of work to spur hiring and reduce unemployment, and kept the economy going without raising taxes.   

With Washington’s dysfunction, state capitals across the country are doing more than ever, and they are preparing for federal government overreach while taking appropriate steps to protect their residents on issues that impact people’s daily lives. With nineteen state legislatures still in session as of this writing, you can expect there to be a lot more movement on major issues in your local state capital as Washington Democrats push their big-government agenda in the months ahead.  

 

Bob Carlstrom is President of AMAC Action  

 

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Mark L
1 month ago

Total B.S.!

Lee S McQuillen
1 month ago

I live in PA. There is legislation being put forth to make elections safer, more secure, and voting easier for everyone. However, it won’t matter unless the legislature has enough votes to override our Democrat governor, who will surely veto it. That’s just plain sick.

Skrub
23 days ago

Easer in what way, To allow the dems to control the outcome? Or the people to choose their leaders?

Kathy Waltz
1 month ago

I am thankful for a Governor that has been taking stance and steps to keep Florida safe from the puppet and puppeteers. More governors need to step up and the people need to vote out the demons in their states. God’s kids need to oppose all the leftist crap and get on our knees and seek His face and seek healing for this nation

Karen
1 month ago

Bob, you are doing a bang-up job. Many thanks.

HocasPocas
1 month ago

Sorry Bob, I live in PA. We have a monster in our capital building and all we get out of him is more of the same evil

Patriot Will
1 month ago

Biden is a treasonous disaster. It’s good to see that more and more states are using their Constitutional rights to help set things right. Thankfully, JB does not have the power of a total tyrant.

Skrub
23 days ago
Reply to  Patriot Will

True enough! But he has a great bunch of demons to aid him in the quest.

James Fitts
1 month ago

To begin with, why do we need any more laws/bills?? All these nonsense laws and bills do is give lawyers an income. A direct conflict of interest is a group of lawyers passing new laws/bills.
Do we have too many lawyers in America?? I think so

Max
1 month ago
Reply to  James Fitts

Yes there are too many lawyers and when those that make it to Heaven get there, they may not be prepared for the jobs/positions that God has planned for them.

Skrub
23 days ago
Reply to  Max

You assume they willl make it. I have big doubts myself.

Skrub
23 days ago
Reply to  James Fitts

Amen to that IDEA.

ColoradoCommish
1 month ago

Rational, Reasonable, Efficient, and Responsible States you mean…..

Bill on the Hill
1 month ago

Thanks Bob Carlstrom of AMAC…The things currently happening at a rapid pace I might add is most disheartening coming out of Washington, DC…Our Founding Fathers were keenly aware of this type of governmental overreach happening back in their day… But they also realized that individual states decide their own destinies, NOT the Federal Gov’t…In this area Trump had a firm grasp on the importance of this. For every new bill introduced Trump promised to eliminate ( 2 ), turns out the ratio was ( 7 ) removed for each new one! It may have been ( 8 ) actually, my brain is getting tired…
Currently there is a groundswell of individual states now taking action on a number of these Biden Regime illegalities coming out in rapid succession & simply NOT allowing them in their respective states. This is the key for states to take the initiative, NOT in my state, done…
God Bless America…
Bill on the Hill… :~)

ShellzNCheez
1 month ago

Great article! I was wondering if the states would take action and prepare for major overreach on the part of bad actors on the federal level. Convention of States may be in our future.

HocasPocas
1 month ago
Reply to  ShellzNCheez

????

HocasPocas
1 month ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

Gave a thumbs up symbol to your Convention of States idea. Don’t know why I got?? marks

Max
1 month ago

May the states continue to pass the necessary laws to protect their citizens and their state’s right from demonic Democrats. Come 2022, may the people see through this evil tyranny and do what is right to start saving this nation.

HocasPocas
1 month ago
Reply to  Max

It’s going to take an army. Are you ready?

Max
1 month ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

Yes, 38 years of military training and probably on the rolls as a domestic terrorist along with the rest of the nation’s veterans.

Max
1 month ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

Also it will take an army of LEGAL VOTERS to get the job done.

Skrub
23 days ago
Reply to  Max

We can only HOPE they open their eyes,.

Rodney
1 month ago

I plan to leave every thing I own to AMAS and not to my liberal-left thinking Family. Their stupid beliefs are going to allow this Great County to fall apart. I will be gone and they will have to live with communist take over.

RODNEY ROBINSON
1 month ago
Reply to  Rodney

I hope everyone new I ment AMAC.

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