Conventional wisdom inside the D.C. Beltway holds that on major issues like
health care or energy independence, it's fine for state legislators to play
with their legislative toys in local sandboxes, but that it's really up to the
"grown-ups" in the federal government to fix big problems. In national policy
debates, state governments are usually treated as a tiny sideshow to the top
billing of national legislation.
If you are attending this year's NCSL conference in Boston (Aug. 5-9), we invite you to celebrate this year's many progressive legislative victories with Progressive States Network at a reception on Tuesday, August 7th at 6:30pm at the Westin Copley Place.
The State of Vermont realized that Verizon and AT&T may be violating state consumer protection laws by handing over massive amounts of data to the federal government. Now their investigation into the privacy violations is being held up by a lawsuit filed by the federal government accusing the state of overstepping its bounds.
The information that Verizon and AT&T made consumer records available to the federal government was reported widely upon earlier this year.