PUBLIC BANKING WORKS
State Activity, Resource and Contact Info
Forty-eight states currently have budget shortfalls. The common strategy being dictated in many of these states and in Washington is to call for budget cuts, eliminating important safety nets for the middle-class and those below the poverty line, as well as to repeal legislation guaranteeing collective bargain rights for unions. It’s as if the states and the federal government were corporations with no responsibility to their real stockholders, the citizens of the U.S.
However, 20 states have decided enough is enough; they have introduced legislation for publicly owned banks or derivations, or for studies or task forces to determine how a publicly owned bank would operate in their jurisdiction. Three of these states have bills that were submitted in 2012 -- thirteen states had bills submitted in 2011. Colorado has an innovative initiative.

Alaska

North to the Future

• Status:
• Bill:
• Name of Known Coordinator: Dave Metheny
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

Ditat Deus (God enriches)

Arizona

• Status: HB 2104
• Bill: HB 2104
• Name of Known Coordinator: John DAgostino
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

California

Eureka (I Have Found It!)

• Status: Gov. Brown pocket vetoed AB 750 (a bill to study the creation of a bank) and the other bill was kept from review in the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee):
• Name of Known Coordinator: Susan Harman, Pamela Disque Hall
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: Californians for a State Bank
• Petition: TBD

Colorado

Nil sine numine (Nothing without providence)

• Status: TBD
• Name of Known Coordinator: Robert Bows
• Website: TBD
• Petition: TBD

Connecticut

You Belong in ConneCTicut

• Status: Green Bank legislation
• Name of Known Coordinator: Edward G. Heflin, PhD , Steve Schappert
• Website: TBD
• Petition: TBD

Florida

In God We Trust

• Status: No legislation submitted.
• Name of Known Coordinator: Gregory Mihalich
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page:
• Petition:

Hawaii

The Islands of Aloha

• Status: HB 2103
• Name of Known Coordinator:
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

Illinois

The Land of Lincoln

• Status: Updates
• Text of Legislation: HB2064
• Name of Known Coordinator: Dr. Lora Chamberlain
• Website: http://www.illinoispublicbanking.org

Idaho

Esto perpetua (Let it be perpetual)

• Status: Click Here
• Text of Legislation: HCR 030
• Name of Known Coordinator: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

Indiana

Crossroads of America

• Status:
• Text of Legislation:
• Name of Known Coordinator: Michael Banker
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

Iowa

Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain

• Status: No legislation submitted.
• Name of Known Coordinator: Jim Morrow
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

Kansas

Ad Astra per Aspera (To the Stars through Difficulties)

• Status: No legislation submitted.
• Name of Known Coordinator: Alan Avans
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

Kentucky

Deo gratiam habeamus (United we stand, divided we fall)

• Status: No legislation submitted.
• Name of Known Coordinator: Jeff Fisher
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

Louisiana

Union, Justice and ConfidenceUnion, justice, et confiance (French)Lunyon, Jistis, é Konfyans (Louisiana Creole)

• Text of Legislation: HCR144
• Name of Known Coordinator: TBD
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

Maine

Dirigo (I lead)

• Status: LD 1452, HP 1066
• Name of Known Coordinator: TBD
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

Maryland

Fatti maschii, parole femine (Strong deeds, gentle words)

• Status: SB 789, hearing on 3/8
• Name of Known Coordinator: TBD
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

Massachusetts

Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty)

• Status: Massachusetts Senate Bill, No. 2345 (now, No. 2331), which Proposes the Study of the Feasibility of a State-Owned Bank. Passed. Final stages of selecting the final candidates for Commission. New Bill: Bill HO1192
• Name of Known Coordinator: David Snieckus
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD
• Press: Patriot Ledger

Michigan

Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you)

• Status: No legislation submitted.
• Name of Known Coordinator: Kevin Thompson
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

Minnesota

L'étoile du Nord (The Star of the North)

• Status: No legislation submitted.
• Name of Known Coordinator: Larry Countryman
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

Missouri

Salus populi suprema lex esto (Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law)

• Status: No legislation submitted.
• Name of Known Coordinator: Jeff Gabel
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

Montana

Oro y plata (Gold and silver)

• Status: HB 643
• Name of Known Coordinator: Josh Davis
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

Nevada

All For Our Country

• Status: SB 341
• Name of Known Coordinator: TBD
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

New Hampshire

Live Free or Die

• Status:
• Name of Known Coordinator: TBD
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

New Jersey

Liberty and prosperity

• Status: No legislation submitted.
• Name of Known Coordinator: Michael Urban
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

New Mexico

Crescit Eundo (It grows as it goes)

• Status: No legislation submitted.
• Name of Known Coordinator: Leland Lehrman
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

New York

Excelsior (Ever Upward)

• Status: New York Assembly Bill A06737, Establishes a commission to study the feasibility of establishing a bank owned
by the state of New York or an authority constituted by the state of New York and report within 2 years.
• A06737 Actions: 03/28/2011 referred to banks, There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
• Name of Known Coordinator: Scott Baker
• Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EconomicReform/
• Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/publicbankingnewyork
• Petition: Let the Empire State Finance its own Budget Gap
More state bill information here.

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North Carolina

Esse quam videri (official); First in Flight

• Status: Study -- State Owned Bank
• Name of Known Coordinator: TBD
• Website: TBD

North Dakota

Liberty and Union, Now and Forever, One and Inseparable

Oklahoma

Labor omnia vincit (Labor conquers all things)

• Status: No legislation submitted.
• Name of Known Coordinator: Hal Spake
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

Oregon

Alis Volat Propiis (She Flies With Her Own Wings)

• Track the bill: HB2972
• Read the bill: Original bill
• Name of Known Coordinator: Ann Kramer
• Website: Oregonians for a State Bank
• Facebook Page: Oregonians for a State Bank
• Petitions: Support the Oregon State Bank, Onward Oregon
• Analysis: Oregon State Bank Analysis, provided by CSI
• Take Action: List of things you can do.
Interview with State Treasurer Ted Wheeler

Pennsylvania

Virtue, Liberty, and Independence

• Status: No legislation submitted.
• Name of Known Coordinator: Mike Krauss
• Website: Pennsylvania Public Bank Project
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

Rhode Island

Hope

• Status: No legislation submitted.
• Name of Known Coordinator: Tom Sgouros
• Additional Contacts: Elizabeth Bernier, Harris Gruber
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

South Carolina

The Palmetto State

• Status: No legislation submitted.
• Name of Known Coordinator:
• Website: Public Banking SC
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

Tennessee

Agriculture and Commerce

• Status: No legislation submitted.
• Name of Known Coordinator: Morgan Rose
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

Texas

Friendship

• Status: No legislation submitted.
• Name of Known Coordinator: Brian Clark
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

Vermont

Freedom and Unity

• Text and Status:
S. 206
S. 204
H. 542
• Text of 2012 bill
• Name of Known Coordinator: Jim Hogue
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

Virginia

Sic semper tyrannus (Thus always to tyrants)

• Status: HJ62 Bill Introduced to VA General Assembly to Study Whether to Establish a State Bank. Tabled.
• Text of Legislation: HJ62
• Name of Known Coordinator: TBD
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

Washington

Al-ki (By and by)

• Status: Public Hearings
• Text of Legislation: House Bill. Senate Bill.
• Name of Known Coordinator: John Repp, Cindy Cole
• Website: WA Public Bank Project
• Facebook Page: WA Public Bank Coalition
• Petition: TBD
• Analysis: Washington State Bank Analysis, provided by CSI

Wisconsin

Forward

• Status:
• Text of Legislation:
• Name of Known Coordinator: Christapher Cogswell
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD

Wyoming

Equal Rights

• Status:
• Text of Legislation:
• Name of Known Coordinator: Alfred Hill
• Website: TBD
• Facebook Page: TBD
• Petition: TBD