February 02, 2013
2012 Immigration-Related Laws and Resolutions in the States
"After a steady climb in immigration-related bills starting in 2005, the number of bills and resolutions declined significantly in statehouses in 2012. State legislators introduced 983 bills and resolutions in 46 state legislatures, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, a decline of 39 percent compared to the 1,607 bills introduced in 2011. However, the decline in the number of enacted laws and resolutions was less marked. In 2012, 44 states and Puerto Rico enacted 156 laws and adopted 111 resolutions for a total of 267. This is down from 306 laws and resolutions in 2011, a decline of 13 percent. Twelve additional bills passed in six different state legislatures; 11 were vetoed by governors and one was pending at the close of 2012 and signed into law Jan. 7, 2013."