Oct 18, 2021 - Politics & Policy

By the numbers: New state laws

Bills enacted by state legislatures that mention…
Data: Quorum; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

States have been busy this year enacting bills focused on health, education, schools and elections, according to a recent analysis by Quorum.

Why it matters: The coronavirus pandemic has had significant impacts on health systems, schools and elections across the country — a likely contributor to the number of bills mentioning those topics.

  • Some Republican-controlled state legislatures also have passed a flurry of voting restriction laws, as well as bills attempting to ban the teaching of critical race theory in public schools.

By the numbers: Only a fraction of bills introduced actually become law.

  • For example, state lawmakers have introduced five times as many bills mentioning health care as have been enacted, according to Quorum's numbers.
  • More bills were introduced this year that addressed taxes and transportation than elections and voting, but the election-related bills were more likely to be enacted.
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