Research / Corrections & Public Safety


SLC Regional Resource | September 2019

Scoot Over: The Growth of Micromobility in the South

Roger Moore

The emergence of shared electric scooters is the latest development in the broader micromobility movement, defined by the use of light, often single-occupant modes of transportation for short distances. Along with electric scooters, station-based and dockless pedal and electric bicycles are the most commonly used micromobility vehicles, accounting for more than 80 million trips in 2018.

In the South, the introduction of shared electric scooters has been swift. With growing populations and favorable climates across much of the region, urban and suburban areas in most SLC states are experiencing both the benefits of electric scooters for expanded mobility and the challenges they present for transportation and public safety. In response, several SLC states enacted legislation in 2019 to address the concerns that shared electric scooters have engendered, such as how and where they should operate, who is eligible to ride them and what precautions need to be taken to maximize safety.

This SLC Regional Resource provides an overview of micromobility, specifically shared electric scooters, and outlines the various actions Southern states have taken to create a coherent regulatory framework to manage their growth. While much of the authority to regulate electric scooters is delegated to local officials, state governments have an important role to play to ensure this emerging mode of transportation is both safe and accessible.


Comparative Data Reports | August 2019

Adult Correctional Systems, Education, Medicaid and Transportation

Comparative Data Reports (CDRs) are prepared annually by select SLC states’ fiscal research departments. These reports track revenue sources, appropriations levels, performance measures, and a multitude of other metrics in Southern states. A useful tool for legislators and legislative staff alike, CDRs are available for adult correctional systems, education, Medicaid, and transportation.

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SLC Issue Brief | October 2018

The Growth of Synthetic Opioids in the South

Roger Moore, Policy Analyst

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The drug epidemic, driven in large part by the ongoing opioid crisis, continues to ravage tens of thousands of families and communities across the United States. The latest provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released in September 2018, estimated that more than 71,500 drug overdose deaths occurred nationally between January 2017–January 2018, an increase of 6.6 percent during the same period the previous year, and 31.4 percent higher compared to January 2015– January 2016.1 In the Southern region, drug overdoses were responsible for more than 24,000 deaths in 2017, approximately one-third of the national total.

This SLC Issue Brief reviews the rise of dangerous synthetic opioids, primarily fentanyl, and their evolving role within the broader opioid crisis afflicting the United States. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the popularity of fentanyl and related synthetic opioids will remain unchallenged for the next several years, making it crucial for state and local leaders to understand the extent of the crisis and identify potential solutions for its mitigation.

2019-2020
Chair

Senator
Katrina Shealy

South Carolina

2019-2020
Vice Chair
Representative Fredrick Love, Arkansas

Representative
Fredrick J. Love

Arkansas

Immediate
Past Chair

(former) Senator
Doug Overbey

Tennessee

Committee
Liaison
Roger Moore

Roger Moore
Policy Analyst


Ensuring the public’s general welfare and protection are among states’ most pressing concerns, with both areas constituting considerable shares of state budgets. The SLC Human Services & Public Safety Committee has a broad agenda, which takes into account the challenges states face in the areas of human services and corrections, as well as policies and programs that address them. The committee frequently undertakes assessments of pressing health issues including the national opioid crisis, organ donations and long-term care, as well as various corrections issues such as aging inmate populations, female offenders and mental health parity in prisons.

More SLC Research into Corrections & Public Safety


Policy Analysis | June 2018

Distracted Driving Laws in SLC Member States

SLC Regional Resource | May 2018

Opioids and Organ Donations: A Tale of Two Crises

Comparative Data Reports | July 2017

Adult Correctional Systems, Education and Medicaid

Policy Analysis | June 2017

Bail and Pretrial Reforms in Southern States

SLC Regional Resource | April 2017

Body-Worn Cameras: Laws and Policies in the South

Policy Analysis | March 2017

Human Trafficking

Policy Analysis | June 2016

Pardons in SLC Member States

Policy Analysis | February 2016

Inspection of Amusement Park Rides

Policy Analysis | August 2015

Death Row Prisoners

Policy Analysis | March 2015

Prison Populations in Southern States

Policy Analysis | March 2014

Elderly Drivers

Policy Analysis | November 2013

Wind Pool Insurance in the SLC States

Policy Analysis | March 2013

Southern States' Distracted Driving Laws

Policy Analysis | May 2012

Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse

Policy Analysis | April 2011

State Corrections Reforms

Policy Analysis | February 2011

GPS Monitoring for Domestic Violence Offenders

Policy Analysis | July 2010

Firearm Laws

Comparative Data Reports | November 2009

Adult Correctional Systems, Education and Revenue

SLC Special Series Report | June 2008

Innovative Programs in Funding State Homeland Security Needs

Comparative Data Reports | November 2007

Adult Correctional Systems, Education, Medicaid and Revenue

SLC Regional Resource | December 2006

The Aging Inmate Population: Southern States Outlook

SLC Regional Resource | May 2001

Correctional Good-Time Credits in Southern States

Comparative Data Reports | November 2000

Adult Correctional Systems and Medicaid

SLC Special Series Report | August 2000

Female Offenders: Special Needs and Southern State Challenges

SLC Special Series Report | June 1998

The Aging Inmate Population