With Daylight Savings Time ending this Sunday, November 4th, let’s take a closer look this week at the ten different bills from the last two years relating to ending Daylight Savings that have been getting a lot of clicks on BillTrack50.

Wait, what’s the issue with Daylight Savings Time?

Daylight Savings Time (DST) has been examined and studies seem to support the fact it reduces productivity and disrupts sleep, creating issues for American life and the economy. When we “spring forward” we lose an average 40 minutes of sleep; resulting in a loss of productivity — ultimately costing our economy an estimated $434 million a year. There are…

This week we’ll take a closer look at NJ S2293, or the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act. This bill has been getting a lot of clicks on BillTrack50 because it is a big piece of legislation passed this year impacting New Jersey’s midterm election November 6th. (Check if you are registered to vote here)

NJ S2293 is a bipartisan bill targeted at giving students greater access to opportunities for education to support and help them succeed within New Jersey’s “rapidly-evolving workforce”. This bill primarily aims to address three items: vocational-technical programs, school security projects and school district water infrastructure.

With the midterms less than a month away, it is no surprise that an Ohio redistricting bill found its way back into our trending bills list this week. Redistricting and gerrymandering have been hot topics throughout the year for legislation and debate. Along with the Ohio bill, a Maryland bill addressing their congressional districts has also been getting a lot of looks on BillTrack50. Let’s talk about redistricting and gerrymandering for a minute and then take a look at those two bills.

What is congressional redistricting?

Article 1, Section 4 of the United States Constitution states, “The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections…

Ever since Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana back in 2012, we have seen an explosion of legislation on this topic. With Attorney General Jeff Sessions waging his own war on drugs, the nation has been unsure of what the future holds for the states and economies that now depend on it. Throughout the year we have seen many different types of legislation related to marijuana trending on BillTrack50. This week we are taking a closer look at this group of bills.

Here is a list of the 20 bills we’ll take a look at.

By no means is this an…

This week in Closer Looks we'll dive into NJ S1830, relating to requiring certain schools maintain a supply of opioid antidotes. This comes as a result to our growing national epidemic surrounding opioids. States have spent the last few years grappling with this issue and proposing legislation aimed at curbing use, studying the effects of it on our people and educating the professionals with access to these substances.

How did We Get Here?

In the late 1990s, pharmaceutical companies reassured the medical community that patients would not become addicted to opioid pain relievers and healthcare providers began to prescribe them at increasingly higher rates. When…

For our Closer Looks this week we are going to look into the Anti-Lunch Shaming Act of 2017 which was referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in May 2017.

This is an interesting bill, mostly because I am inclined to think you cannot enforce a law that requires or prohibits something like shaming people. But the more I read about this issue and began to understand what was happening and how it influences children’s lives, the more I came to see it as a good idea.

What is “Lunch Shaming”?

“Lunch shaming” is treating children that cannot afford lunch differently…

Closer Looks this week we’ll look at FL H0273, relating to conversion therapy. Although this bill died last year in the health quality subcommittee, this week it is trending again.

What is the History behind Conversion Therapy?

According to a UCLA study, approximately 698,000 LGBTQ Americans have undergone some form of conversion therapy. Throughout history, this therapy has consisted of talk therapy, but in some cases included electroshock therapy and transorbital lobotomies. This practice started after the turn of the 20th century, when doctors understood homosexuality as a medical issue. Following this, Abraham A. Brill, a student of Sigmund Freud, argued homosexuality was a “psychic manifestation,” and…

“BPA Free” Why do we see this phrase everywhere? How does BPA effect us? Why are we particularly concerned about children’s exposure to it? This week, a closer look at NY S07944, a bill aimed at prohibiting the sale of child care products containing bisphenol.

What is BPA Specifically?

Bisphenols are a group of chemical compounds. “Bisphenol” is a common name; The letter appended afterwards indicates what reactant accompanies the Bisphenol — letting us know what it does.

BPA is a colorless solid (in commercial use since 1957), soluble in organic solvents, but poorly soluble in water. BPA is used as a starting material…

Ever been stressed out, upset, or in a funk and found an interaction with an animal provided relief? That is not a coincidence. There is a lot of research and reason behind how human’s bonds with animals influence our lives and how it could lead to massive savings in healthcare costs. This issue is not only about educating the public about how animals can improve their lives, but advocating for policies that help them. Two companies have been working tirelessly to advance this movement, the Human Bond Animal Research Institute (HABRI) and the Animal Policy Group.

Background on “Human-Animal Bonds”

The term “human-animal bond”…

This week for Closer Looks we’ll be examining IL HB2354, or the Lethal Violence Order of Protection Act. Governor Bruce Rauner signed the new gun safety law on July 16 in Chicago.

When we look into gun violence and deaths related to firearms, suicide is a big part of the conversation. Gun suicides claim far more lives than any of the other type of gun violence (police killings, mass shootings, domestic violence, or street violence). According to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, suicides from guns make up nearly two-thirds of all gun deaths in the United States (overwhelmingly…

SarahEvelynn Johnson

I am a startup consultant living in Denver CO with a passion for politics. I love to write about trending legislation and topics around our country.

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