There's a fascinating study by USA Today and others about how special interest groups, corporations, etc. actually write the laws that affect us in every state. Here's a brief excerpt.
Each year, state lawmakers across the U.S. introduce thousands of bills dreamed up and written by corporations, industry groups and think tanks.
Disguised as the work of lawmakers, these so-called “model” bills get copied in one state Capitol after another, quietly advancing the agenda of the people who write them.
A two-year investigation ... found at least 10,000 bills almost entirely copied from model legislation were introduced nationwide in the past eight years, and more than 2,100 of those bills were signed into law.
The investigation examined nearly 1 million bills in all 50 states and Congress using a computer algorithm developed to detect similarities in language. That search – powered by the equivalent of 150 computers that ran nonstop for months – compared known model legislation with bills introduced by lawmakers.
The phenomenon of copycat legislation is far larger. In a separate analysis, the Center for Public Integrity identified tens of thousands of bills with identical phrases, then traced the origins of that language in dozens of those bills across the country.
Model bills passed into law have made it harder for injured consumers to sue corporations. They’ve called for taxes on sugar-laden drinks. They’ve limited access to abortion and restricted the rights of protesters.
In all, these copycat bills amount to the nation’s largest, unreported special-interest campaign, driving agendas in every statehouse and touching nearly every area of public policy.
There's much more at the link. Highly recommended reading.
This is how the gun control lobby is trying to get around the Second Amendment. They've had little success in passing Federal legislation to control firearms across the country; so, a few years go, they switched the battlefield to the states. Bloomberg-sponsored legislation targeted over 12 states back in 2014, and the number has grown since then. Gun control is only one such pressure group. There are many more.
The Washington Post proclaims luridly at its masthead that "Democracy dies in darkness". I think it dies in the back rooms where deals are made to introduce and pass such partisan, copy-and-paste legislation.