Research / Corrections & Public Safety


Policy Analysis | July 2020

Spread of COVID-19 within Regions of the United States

Mikko Lindberg and Roger Moore

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Other | December 2019

Issues to Watch - 2020

Anne Roberts Brody, Cody Allen and Roger Moore

As the 2020 legislative cycle approaches, legislators across the South are preparing and pre-filing legislation to address emerging and relevant policy issues in their states. With its regional focus, the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) is uniquely positioned to identify and research current and emerging policy issues and trends. This report was prepared by Anne Roberts Brody, policy and program manager, and Roger Moore and Cody Allen, policy analysts, and provides a sampling of issues and trends that are anticipated to emerge during the 2020 legislative term. State actions referenced in this report may represent appropriate policy options for Southern lawmakers to consider and, as such, may include bills or policies originating outside the SLC region.

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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.

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


SLC Issue Brief | October 2018

The Growth of Synthetic Opioids in the South

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