Across the States

The premiere state-focused policy podcast

About the show

People spend far too much time looking just at the federal government. The same is true with podcasts. Instead, the discussions hosted on Across the States focus on state issues and state solutions within state capitols, by state legislators and with state policy experts.

The American Legislative Exchange Council is the country's largest voluntary membership organization of state legislators in the United States. It acts as a forum to exchange ideas and develop state-based solutions.

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  • 15: State Energy Policy w/ Life:Powered

    February 6th, 2020  |  20 mins 34 secs

    Jason Isaac is a former Texas state representative who is now the senior manager at Life:Powered — a new policy initiative from the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He joins Dan Reynolds on Across the States with Grant Kidwell, the ALEC director of the energy, environment and agriculture task force, to discuss his time as a state legislator, and to discuss energy policies that improve the quality of life for all people.

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  • 14: Your Primer on State Sports Betting

    January 17th, 2020  |  17 mins 19 secs

    A 2018 Supreme Court decision freed states to allow - or disallow - sports betting on their own volition. New Jersey took advantage of this opportunity and has seen success, including an increase in government revenue. In December, Michigan just allowed sports betting. This is a growing trend in states across the country and something for which state legislators should prepare. Ronald Lampard, the Senior Director of the Criminal Justice and Civil Justice task forces at ALEC join to discuss recent trends in sports betting across the country and what this issue means for you.

  • 13: Solutions in Sumner County, TN

    January 15th, 2020  |  25 mins 38 secs
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    A lot of effort and energy is spent looking at the issues in the national and state governments. Rightly so - they both need a lot of fixing. But county governments by-and-large affect your day-to-day life more than other governments and certainly more than you expected. From education to road funding, county governments are often where the rubber meets the road on these issues. Learn from Sumner County Commissioner Jeremy Mansfield about the challenges and opportunities he faces in Tennessee.

  • 12: Victims of Communism Day w/ PA Rep. Dush

    November 7th, 2019  |  16 mins 17 secs

    This podcast is part of a double-feature for Victims of Communism Day, which is on November 7 each year. Pennsylvania Representative Dush is spearheading the charge to educate those in Pennsylvania - including his fellow lawmakers - about the tragedy of communism and its true story. Dan Reynolds and Karla Jones from ALEC sit down with him to learn more about his work, and what more we should be doing.

  • 11: Victims of Communism Day w/ WV Sen. Rucker

    November 7th, 2019  |  19 mins 22 secs

    This podcast is part of a double-feature for Victims of Communism Day, which is on November 7 each year. West Virginia Senator Rucker is a first generation immigrant from Venezuela. Dan Reynolds and Karla Jones from ALEC sit down with her to learn more about her personal story with communism and socialism, and what more we should know about this issue on the Victims of Communism Day

  • 10: Adoption in the States

    October 30th, 2019  |  9 mins 14 secs

    Getting adoption right is imperative for policy makers everywhere – but it is especially important for state legislators. Felicia Curcuru is the co-founder and CEO of Binti, an organization dedicated to ensure every child is raised by a loving family. The ALEC General Counsel Bartlett Cleland was adopted and adds his own unique perspective on this issue.

  • 9: The ALEC for State Financial Officers

    October 7th, 2019  |  14 mins 19 secs

    State Financial Officers Foundation (SFOF) President Derek Kreifels, sits down with two of his board members, Seth Metcalf and Ron Crane, to discuss its priorities for state financial officers

  • Saving Lives with Health Care Tech

    October 4th, 2019  |  31 mins 56 secs

    Wearable technology like smart watches are becoming more and more popular. They aren’t just great to stay in touch with your friends and family or stay on top of your business relationships – they can have a significant benefit to your health.

  • 7: TX Rep. Tan Parker, Sept. State Legislator of the Month

    September 24th, 2019  |  15 mins 2 secs

    Rep. Parker discusses medical freedom and how important it is for individual liberty.

  • 6: The Dangers of Drug Importation

    September 23rd, 2019  |  23 mins 15 secs

    ALEC Director of the Health and Human Services Task Force Brooklyn Roberts and Policy Coordinator from the ALEC Center for Innovation Anna Parsons sit down with Senior Research Fellow Bob Graboyes from the Mercatus Center to discuss drug importation.

  • 5: States Prefer a Low “SALT” Diet

    September 23rd, 2019  |  7 mins 34 secs

    ALEC Chief Economist Jonathan Williams joins to discuss SALT tax deductions.

  • State-Based Environmentalism

    June 6th, 2019  |  26 mins 57 secs

    ALEC Director of the Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Grant Kidwell is joined by Adam Houser. He is the director of the collegians program at the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT).

  • 3: The FORUM Act w/ UT Rep. Kim Coleman

    March 26th, 2019  |  22 mins 59 secs

    Utah House Representative Kim Coleman joins ALEC Director Shelby Emmett to discuss the best practices a state legislator can focus on to get campus free speech right in their state.

  • 2: Executive Order on Campus Free Speech w/ OK Rep. Mark Lepak

    March 22nd, 2019  |  29 mins 17 secs

    Rep. Lepak sits down and explains his perspective with the ALEC Director of the Center to Protect Free Speech Shelby Emmett and the Alliance Defending Freedom Director of the Center for Academic Freedom Tyson Langhofer.

  • 1: State Legislative Blockchain w/ Chet Love

    March 16th, 2019  |  23 mins 23 secs

    The ALEC Director of the Communications and Technology Task Force Jonathon Hauenschild sits down with Chet Love from the Cornerstone Group to flesh out what state legislators need to know about this emerging technology.