Voters in Washington state banned ivory sales as well as products from ten endangered species when they passed the Washington Animal Trafficking Initiative 1401 (I-1401) last month. The ballot measures means Washington now joins California, New Jersey and New York as the only states that have restrictions on the trade of exotic wildlife parts such as rhino horns and elephant ivory.
This National Geographic article discusses how the recent success can be a model for other states. NCEL members Senator Christine Rolfes and Representative Joe Fitzgibbon are quoted in this great writeup.
The full article is available here: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/151121-washington-ballot-initiative-endangered-species-sales-ban/