Book of the States

The Council of State Governments continues a long tradition of “sharing capitol ideas” with the publication of the 2019 edition of The Book of the States. Since 1933, CSG has served as a resource for state leaders and a catalyst for innovation and excellence in state governance. The Book of the States has been the reference tool of choice since 1935, providing relevant, accurate and timely information, answers and comparisons for all 56 states, commonwealths and territories of the United States.  

The 2019 volume includes 195 in-depth tables, figures and infographics illustrating how state government operates.Staff members mined more than 500 sources to obtain the information shared in The Book of the States

CSG is pleased to announce that the entire archive of The Book of the States dating back to 1935 is now available online in its entirety.  As the introduction to the 1937 volume explains, "The Council of State Governments hopes that you will enjoy it; the Council knows that it can be useful to you."
 

Chapter 10 of the 2012 Book of the States contains the following articles and tables:

Chapter 4 of the 2011 Book of the States contains the following articles and tables:

Crystal methamphetamine, perhaps one of the most addictive and dangerous drugs in existence, has continuously plagued rural and urban regions of the country for the last three decades. States have attempted to address the growing production and distribution of the drug, along with the destructive repercussions it has wrought in the lives of those who have become addicted to it, largely through tougher laws that restrict the sale of precursor drugs used in meth production. While these measures have been as a whole effective in temporarily reducing the production of crystal meth, producers have found new ways of circumventing existing laws. For this reason, states are examining new and innovative ways to combat this terrible drug.

Chapter 10 of the 2011 Book of the States contains the following articles and tables:

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