December 17 -- The New Federalism
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MA Governor Vetoes Section of HB 4732
MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) vetoes a section of a $1.1 billion economic development package ( HB 4732 ) that would have barred “bad faith” allegations of patent infringement by so-called “patent...
NY Senate Signs SB 7848
The NEW YORK Senate approves SB 7848 , which would write into law a firm definition of sexual harassment that applies to both government and the private sector, ban secret settlements of harassment cases unless the accuser requested...
Business In Wisconsin
A WISCONSIN Appeals Court upholds the Badger State’s right-to-work law, which bars unions and employers from requiring that all employees pay fees to join a union, either in membership dues or “fair share” payments...
Business In Arizona
An ARIZONA judge rules that a Grand Canyon State law barring local municipalities from requiring employers to provide additional employee benefits is unconstitutional. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Joshua Rogers said the...
Illinois Approves SB 1502
The ILLINOIS Senate approves SB 1502 , a measure that would require online companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon to disclose to consumers what data about them has been collected and shared with third parties. It is...
Texas Approves HB 100
The TEXAS House approves HB 100 , which would establish a statewide framework for regulating ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft. The measure, which would also override local regulations already in place, would establish...
Business In Indiana
The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals rules that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay and lesbian employees from workplace discrimination, the first time a federal appellate court has come to that conclusion. The ruling from the...
California Approves SB 1063
The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves SB 1063 , which bars employers from paying workers based on race or ethnicity. The bill moves to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) for consideration (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET).
California Gives Endorsement...
New Jersey Signs SB 1923
NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs SB 1923 , legislation that bars the state’s public worker pension fund from investing in companies that refuse to do business with Israel. The Garden State becomes the third state...
NY Signs SB 1757
NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs SB 1757, legislation that bans the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol in the Empire State. New York becomes the 25 th state to ban the product, which has yet to actually reach consumers in...
MI Right To Work
The MICHIGAN Supreme Court rules that the Wolverine State’s so-called “right-to-work” law applies to both the public and private sectors. The court also upholds a 2011 law that requires state employees in a defined...