Legislative Roundup: 2007 Marked by Activism

  • January 02, 2008
  • By Pamela M. Prah

States are in rebellion over Washington's actions — and inaction — on some of the nation's most pressing problems.
Disgusted with federal gridlock, states are carving out their own global-warming and immigration laws and are warning they simply may ignore Uncle Sam's costly plan for tough national standards for driver's licenses.
And while proposals to expand health care to the uninsured are presidential campaign fodder going nowhere in Congress, at least a dozen states acted in 2007 to cover more uninsured children. They did so even though they were caught in a crossfire between Congress and the Bush administration over whether to boost federal funding for health care for low-income children.

Read state-by-state summaries of 2007 legislative action for all 50 states and read the full report 2007 Marked by Activism and on the Web site.