CSG Research & Expertise in the News: Sentencing Laws, Interstate Compacts, Sales Tax

CSG Research & Expertise in the News: 6/5-6/11, 2011

The following compilation features published news stories during the week of June 5-11 that highlight experts and/or research from The Council of State Governments. For more information about any of the experts or programs discussed, please contact CSG at (800) 800-1910 and you will be directed to the appropriate staff.  Members of the press should call (859) 244-8246.

Officials take new steps to strengthen fight against human trafficking
Lake County News
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

MATHER, Calif. – They are trapped in lives of misery-often beaten, starved and forced to work as prostitutes or to take grueling jobs as migrant, domestic, restaurant or factory workers with little or no pay.

These are modern-day slaves and it takes a team of law enforcement, prosecutors and nonprofit groups to combat a growing crime pinned “human trafficking.” More…

State formalizes pact to assist military kids
Honolulu Star Advertiser
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Hawaii's participation in an interstate compact aimed at easing the transition for military children between school districts and states was made permanent Friday.

In a ceremony, Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed into law House Bill 4, which removes a June 30 sunset on Hawaii's participation in the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission. Hawaii first joined the commission in 2009. More…

Indiana sentencing laws to be studied by Legislative committee
Evansville Courier & Press
Tuesday, June 7, 20011

INDIANAPOLIS — State lawmakers will take another look at revising Indiana's criminal sentencing laws in a study committee this summer.

Though the General Assembly did not enact any of Gov. Mitch Daniels' recommendations during the four-month session that ended in April, Daniels said he plans to make them a focal point in 2012, as well. More…

The Trials of Transparency, The Trouble with Assuming, and a
New Government Wiki
June 9, 2011

Louisiana and Illinois are each giving up more than 4 percent of their sales tax revenues because they're not collecting taxes on e-commerce transactions, according to a new study by the Southern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments. For another 16 states, it's 3 percent or higher — including California, which is forgoing some $1.7 billion in 2011 alone. The gaps are likely to continue growing, as total e-commerce sales continue to rise; they increased by nearly 15 percent between 2009 and 2010. More...