Capitol Comments

The longest serving state legislator of all time is currently serving in Wisconsin. Senator Fred Risser has served a total of 59 years in both the state assembly and state senate. He was elected to the assembly in 1956, and served for three terms before being elected to the state senate in 1962, where he is still currently serving. CSG surveyed librarians, archivists, and state historians from all fifty states to determine the longest serving legislator in each. It was confirmed that Risser is the longest serving, with a close...

Proposition 47, the Reduced Penalties for some Crime Initiative, is currently on the November ballot in California. The initiative would reduce the classification of most “nonserious and nonviolent property and drug crimes” from a felony to a misdemeanor crime. These crimes include personal drug use, shoplifting, grand theft, receiving stolen property, forgery, fraud, writing a bad check, as long as the amount does not exceed $950. The proposition...

U.S. libraries have taken a major hit during the recent recession. Fighting to have their voices heard among those other important issues, including education and health care, libraries have been losing the funding battle.

On May 22, 2014,  with  Governor Bobby Jindal’s signature, Louisiana  joined the ranks of states such as Wisconsin and Tennessee in barring employers and educational institutions from requesting or requiring personal social media account access with the “Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act”( HB 340).