From: The Council of State Governments
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Capitol Research: Traffic Camera Laws, Interstate Compacts Governance and Texting While Driving
Date: Wed Apr 30 18:38:34 MDT 2014
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April 2014

 

The Council of State Governments is pleased to offer state leaders a variety of publications focused on today's most important policy issues. Through CSG's Capitol Research series, CSG policy experts examine the ways key issues are impacting your state, how the issues are evolving and how your state can respond--now and in the future. A complete list of available resources can be found on the CSG Knowledge Center.


Speed and Red Light Camera Laws

A number of states use traffic cameras to catch speeders and red light runners. While supporters say cameras have the potential to aid law enforcement, improve safety and bring in revenues from ticketed violations, they are increasingly controversial. Critics say they invade privacy, serve to administer backdoor tax increases, benefit for-profit companies more than safety and actually cause accidents in some cases. More...

   


Interstate Compacts: Governance and Structure

The creation of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 1922 through an interstate compact signaled a significant shift in the use and application of interstate compacts. For the first time, states began using compacts to establish regulatory agencies with the authority to act on the state's behalf. Known as administrative compacts, these agreements frequently allow for a sophisticated governing structure with the authority to pass rules, draft bylaws, form committees and hire staff to carry out the daily operations of the compact. More...

 


Infographic: Employment in 35 States Still Below Pre-Recession Peak

In January 2008, employment in the U.S. hit a historic high of 138.4 million. Just over two years later, that figure had fallen considerably, reaching a 10-year employment low of 129.7 million in February 2010. Since hitting that low more than four years ago, the U.S. has added almost 8.3 million jobs but total employment is still 437,000 below the historic high reached in 2008. Only 15 states have gotten back to their pre-recession employment peak. More...

  


Texting While Driving

Distracted driving, which includes texting while driving, is a significant public safety concern for state leaders and law enforcement. Although 43 states and the District of Columbia have passed bans that prohibit texting while driving, driver distraction is a leading factor in nearly one-fifth of all fatal crashes.

 


Enforcement of Texting While Driving Bans

Texting while driving has been a hot topic of conversation in statehouses across the country. Nearly all states now prohibit drivers from texting behind the wheel, and those states without such laws have all seen efforts in recent years to follow suit. But even as states are trying to crack down on texting, some in law enforcement question the degree to which such laws can be enforced and the degree to which they can be successful. More... 

 


Infographic: States Take
on Texting While Driving

In 2007, Washington became the first state to ban texting while driving. Seven years later, 43 states and the District of Columbia have passed bans. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, driver distraction is a leading factor in many crashes, and texting is one of the most common distractions. More...

  




Health Homes Can Help Improve Care,
Save States Money

The health home, sometimes called a patient-centered medical home, is a relatively new health care model intended to provide team-oriented care for patients with chronic conditions. The intent is for providers to focus on improving care rather than managing costs, although savings are expected as a result of better care coordination. Early results of the research suggest the model leads to improved care and may also save costs. More...

  


Infographic: Unemployment Trust Fund Update

During and after the recession, many states exhausted their unemployment trust funds--the funds from which states pay unemployment benefits--due to high unemployment rates and the extended length of time many people have been without work. At its peak in 2010, 31 states plus the Virgin Islands were borrowing nearly $40 billion. That number is down dramatically; as of April 23, 2014, 17 states plus the Virgin Islands had balances on their loans totaling $21.9 billion. More...

  



In This Issue
» Speed and Red Light Camera Laws
» Interstate Compacts: Governance and Structure
» Infographic: Employment in 35 States Still Below Pre-Recession Peak
» Texting While Driving
» Enforcement of Texting While Driving Bans
» Infographic: States Take on Texting While Driving
» Health Homes Can Help Improve Care, Save States Money
» Infographic: Unemployment Trust Fund Update

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