John Hopkins Center for Livable Futures

Ahead of standing for election later this year, lawmakers in most states are getting down to business again.  Another 20 state legislatures will convene this week. When added to the dozen that got underway last week, it means that legislative business will be conducted in a majority of the states for the first time since  last spring or early summer. These election year sessions are usually shorter affairs than those held during the odd years. Some states—Nevada and Montana come to mind—don’t even bother meeting during election years. But most will Pierre-State-Capital-406x250conduct some  legislative business, at least for awhile, and
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