Pew Research CenterJuly 2, 2007

New State Laws as of July 1

The start of a new fiscal year in 46 states has activated a host of new laws bringing bad news for body dismemberers in Iowa and brass-knuckle wearers in Mississippi, but good news for grocery buyers in Arkansas and flag-makers in Arizona along with a host of other winners and losers.

Pew Research CenterJune 21, 2007

Embryonic Stem Cell Research Divides States

President Bush’s decision to again veto legislation allowing federal funding puts the issue squarely in states’ hands – and some states are already vying to lure scientists and investors.

Pew Research CenterJune 14, 2007

Govs to Grads: Goodbye and Good Luck!

Like any graduating class, the crop of governors giving commencement addresses in 2007 had its own standouts.

Pew Research CenterJune 8, 2007

Legislators Balance the Books, Head Home

In an exclusive roundup of legislation that has emerged from state capitols in 2007, finds — on issues ranging from civil unions to “living wages” — Democrats are making their mark now that the party is in control of 28 governorships and 23 statehouses. Policymakers in Washington, D.C., may get more attention, but the action is in the states.

Pew Research CenterJune 7, 2007

Governors Expect Tighter Budgets in 2008

Only three states ran into red ink this year, while more than half sailed through with higher-than-expected revenues. States overall are finishing a spending spree, but the best revenue picture in six years may be behind them.

Pew Research CenterApril 30, 2007

Abortion Ruling Sets New State Battle Lines

Prompted by the U.S. Supreme Court’s approval of a federal ban on partial-birth abortion, activists on both sides of the abortion battle are aiming their sights at state capitols, where new campaigns already are under way.

Pew Research CenterApril 9, 2007

Vouchers See Mixed Success This Session

After a string of successes, voucher advocates see setbacks in this year’s legislative session.

Pew Research CenterMarch 27, 2007

States Say No to Teen Tanning

Spurred by worries about skin cancer, Utah and Virginia have joined 25 other states in limiting underage access to bronzing beds

Pew Research CenterMarch 11, 2007

Which Governor Has the Most Clout?

In a new ranking of the states, Massachusetts’ chief executive out-powers his peers in Alaska, Maryland and New Jersey — not to mention New York and California.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 22, 2007

Cell Phone Counter-Revolution

To keep lawmakers focused on debate — and limit lobbyists’ influence — statehouses from coast to coast are restricting cell phones, instant messaging and use of those mini-computers found under the thumbs of compulsive e-mailers on the floors of state legislatures.