Absolutely this. Norms and standards are the kind of crap that is just waiting to be exploited by evil people. We need states, especially blue states, to start passing meaningful legislation and forcing the federal to act.
In example there is no way in hell gay marriage or legal weed happens nationwide if not for individual states passing it first over the past 2 decades. If not for Romneycare in Mass., there is no Obamacare. States could pass laws right now demanding stuff like released tax returns, limits on money in politics, limits on office -> lobbying, truth in news, singlepayer, elimination of gerrymandering, gun reform.
States need to stop waiting for a perfect federal government and pioneer the way.