A Publication for and about the Region's State Legislatures and Legislators
Stateline Midwest, published monthly, keeps members of the Midwestern Legislative Conference up to date on policy issues impacting their states, actions being taken by the region's 11 state legislatures, and work being done by the MLC and The Council of State Governments. Each issue of Stateline Midwest includes in-depth articles covering issues of importance to Midwestern lawmakers. The newsletter also has sections devoted to a roundup of news from the region's leading newspapers and summaries of recent reports examining critical public policy issues.
This publication is provided to state government officials free of charge. If you are not a state government official, the annual subscription rate is $60.
November 2013 » (click links to the left on this page — under In This Issue — to view individual articles)
The November edition includes articles about state policies to support early childhood education and expand preschool, a Minnesota program that provides incentives for protecting water quality, new rules taking effect regarding country-of-origin labeling, North Dakota's new funding formula for K-12 education, concerns over an Ontario proposal to store nuclear waste near Lake Huron, the relative reliance of Midwestern states on federal funding, the rising influence of states in the face of gridlock at the federal level, "ban the box" legislation (which bars employers from asking about criminal history on job applications) and the impact of a devastating October blizzard on South Dakota's livestock population. Indiana Sen. Ron Grooms writes this month's FirstPerson article on efforts to curb prescription-drug abuse and crack down on "pill mills," and this month's legislative profile is on Michigan Rep. John Walsh.