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Beyond November: Health Care And Pensions Challenge States | 10-21-2016

As Election Day nears, Democrats seem on track to regain some of the ground they have lost to Republicans in statehouses during the Obama years. But celebrations by the victors, whether Democrats or Republicans, are likely to be muted as states confront...

Citizen Initiatives Push Ballot Measures Left This Year | 10-14-2016

In addition to state legislative elections that could flip party control of 18 chambers across the country, 157 statewide ballot measures will also be contested in 35 states on Nov. 8. The measures include an unusually high number of citizen initiatives...

Governors In Brief - September 12 2016 | 09-09-2016

DE Gov. Markell Signs Mental Health Bills Acting on reforms suggested by a task force he created, DELAWARE Gov. Jack Markell (D) has signed a pair of bills aimed at improving the state’s mental health system. One measure ( SB 245 ) would establish...

Budgets In Brief - September 5 2016 | 09-02-2016

TX DPS Wants $1B for Border Security The TEXAS Department of Public Safety is seeking an additional $320 million in the state’s next two-year budget - on top of its current funding base of $750 million - to beef up border security. (DALLAS MORNING...

Most States Allow Transportation Network Companies | 08-12-2016

Thirty-seven states have passed laws regulating transportation network companies (TNCs), according to the R Street Institute and LexisNexis State Net’s legislative tracking database. The most recent addition to that group is Delaware, where Gov...

‘Buy And Dry’ Diverting Water From Farms To Cities in West | 08-12-2016

An unusual public auction was held recently at the Larimer County Fairgrounds in Loveland, Colorado. Up for bid was about 400 acres of farmland located near Denver. But the real draw was the hundreds of units of Colorado Big Thompson water - part of a...

Governors In Brief - August 15 2016 | 08-12-2016

Court Rejects Blago Bid U.S. District Judge James Zagel rejected a request from former ILLINOIS Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) to release him from a COLORADO prison, instead reinstating his 14-year sentence on his 2011 conviction on numerous corruption charges...

States Starting To Bet On Daily Fantasy Sports | 08-05-2016

Seven states - Colorado, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Tennessee, and Virginia - have passed laws this year aimed specifically at legalizing daily fantasy sports (DFS) games on sites like DraftKings and FanDuel. In addition, Kansas enacted...

Daily Fantasy Sports Industry Has Some Successes, Momentum | 08-05-2016

The daily fantasy sports industry had a few wins this spring in its first full year of pushing to make its games explicitly legal across the country. And while the question of whether the games are legal remains unclear in much of the nation, and their...

Politics In Brief - August 1 2016 | 07-29-2016

CO Voters to Consider Minimum Wage Increase A proposal to raise COLORADO’s minimum wage appears to be headed for the state’s November ballot, with backers saying this month that they expected to deliver 200,000 petition signatures to the...

Little Correlation Between Gun Laws and Worst Mass Shootings | 07-08-2016

Three of the eight states where the deadliest mass shootings since 1984 have occurred - California, Connecticut and New York - are among those with the strictest gun laws, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. None of those shootings took...

Politics In Brief - July 11 2016 | 07-08-2016

CO Redistricting Initiative Stricken from November Ballot The COLORADO Supreme Court has voided an initiative bound for the state’s November ballot (Initiative 132) that would have turned over the job of drawing legislative and congressional...

State Law for $500, Alex | 07-01-2016

Assistant secretary of the Colorado Senate John McKay has wanted to be on Jeopardy for as long as he can remember. And as the NCSL Blog reports , after numerous attempts this year his dream came true. But while he didn’t end up the winner, he did...

Health & Science - July 5 2016 | 07-01-2016

NC Gov Signs SB 734 NORTH CAROLINA Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signs SB 734 , which will allow Tar Heel State residents to obtain the anti-overdose drug naloxone without a prescription. The law takes effect immediately (CHARLOTTE NEWS & OBSERVER). ...

Business - June 20 2016 | 06-17-2016

CO Gov Signs HB 1404 COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signs HB 1404 , which requires large daily fantasy sports operators to be licensed by the state, with smaller operators required only to register with state officials. The bill’s other...

Crime & Punishment - June 20 2016 | 06-17-2016

CO Gov Signs HB 1260 COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signs HB 1260 , which doubles the statute of limitations on sexual assault to 20 years (DENVER POST). LA Gov Signs SB 324 LOUISIANA Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) signs SB 324 , which requires...

Education - June 20 2016 | 06-17-2016

CO Gov Signs HB 1423 COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signs HB 1423 , which bars software vendors from selling student-specific data or from using that data to create individual student profiles or for targeted advertising. Vendors will also be...

Health & Science - June 20 2016 | 06-17-2016

NJ Assemble Approves AB 457 The NEW JERSEY Assembly approves AB 457 , which would add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments eligible to be treated with marijuana. It moves to the Senate (NORTHJERSEY.COM). CO Gov Signs HB 1436 ...

Immigration - June 20 2016 | 06-17-2016

CO Gov Signs HB 1391 COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signs HB 1391 , a bill that makes it a deceptive trade practice for a person to provide or offer to provide legal services in an immigration matter if he or she is not a licensed attorney or...

Social Policy - June 20 2016 | 06-17-2016

CO Gov Signs SB 150 COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signs SB 150 , which amends state law to allow couples in a civil union to marry each other without having to first dissolve the civil union (PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN).

Hickenlooper Warms to Pot | 05-20-2016

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) appears to be softening his once rigid stance against legalized marijuana. Speaking at a panel held at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles last week, the governor who once said he wished he could “wave...

Majority of States Have Minimum Wage Higher Than Federal Standard | 05-20-2016

As of last month, 29 states had a minimum wage that was higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Two of those states, California and New York, have also passed laws that will gradually...

Majority of States Looking at Daily Fantasy Sports | 05-13-2016

Thirty-three states have considered legislation related to daily fantasy sports this year, according to LegalSportsReport.com and LexisNexis State Net legislative data. DFS bills have been passed in four states, including Virginia, which enacted two....

Business - May 16 2016 | 05-13-2016

CO Endorses SB 40 The COLORADO Senate endorses SB 40 , a bill that allows non-residents to invest in pot shops starting in 2017 provided at least one controlling owner or investor resides in-state. Current law restricts investors and owners to people...

Politics In Brief - May 16 2016 | 05-13-2016

CO Has Most Female Lawmakers COLORADO has the highest percentage of female legislators in the nation, at 42 percent, according to analysis of National Conference of State Legislatures data by InsideGov.com. Although that rate is significantly higher...

Environment - May 9 2016 | 05-05-2016

Environment In CO The COLORADO Supreme Court strikes down an ordinance in the town of Longmont that barred hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and the disposal of waste water associated with the process within city limits. The court said the law was...

WY, CO Move Opposite Directions With Female Representation | 04-15-2016

Wyoming, the Equality State, was the first U.S. territory to grant women the right to vote and the first state to elect a female governor. But only 13 percent of its current state lawmakers are women, the lowest rate of any state in the country, according...

Partisan Shifts Possible In Several Statehouses | 04-15-2016

This year’s statehouse elections offer opportunities for both Democrats and Republicans to shift majority control of legislative chambers, according to Tim Storey of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Democrats are eyeing Republican...

CO Headed for Recession? | 04-01-2016

After years of positive reports about Colorado’s economy as it surged out of the Great Recession, the General Assembly’s economist warned last month that the state could be headed for a recession. Legislative Council economist Larson...

Politics In Brief - April 4 2016 | 04-01-2016

High Court Denies Challenge of CO Pot Laws The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear NEBRASKA and OKLAHOMA’s challenge of COLORADO's marijuana legalization laws. The 6-2 vote means COLORADO’s first-of-their-kind cannabis laws will...

Majority of States Have Good Samaritan Laws | 03-04-2016

States have enacted numerous laws to combat the epidemic of opioid-related deaths plaguing much of the United States. Most common are so-called “Good Samaritan” laws that generally give a person civil or criminal immunity for seeking help...

States Still Divesting from Iran | 02-12-2016

Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books prohibiting at least some state pension or retirement funds from investing in companies that do a certain amount of business in Iran. Ten of those states also have laws on the books...

Budgets In Brief - February 15 2016 | 02-12-2016

Wolf Calls PA Finances ‘Ticking Time Bomb’ PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom Wolf (D) warned lawmakers last week that the Keystone State’s finances are a ticking “time bomb” leading the state toward “a fiscal catastrophe the...

States take action on Mental Health First Aid | 02-04-2016

During the 2013-14 legislative year, 14 states enacted bills related to Mental Health First Aid - CPR-like training to help emergency personnel, teachers and others recognize and respond to mental health disorders - according to the National Council for...

Social Policy - February 8 2016 | 02-04-2016

Social Policy in CO The COLORADO Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs rejects SB 25, so-called ‘death with dignity” legislation that would have allowed doctors to prescribe drugs to terminally ill patients that help...

Hick's Gonna Hick | 01-29-2016

You have to hand it to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper: he’s pretty hip for a 63-year-old. As the Colorado Springs Gazette reports , the gov often referred to as “Hick” took some time for levity during his recent State of the State address...

Politics In Brief - February 1 2016 | 01-29-2016

ND Tribe Challenges voter ID Laws Seven members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa have filed a lawsuit against North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger (R) alleging that recent changes to the state's voter ID laws infringe on their right...

All-Mail Elections Alone May Not Increase Voter Turnout | 01-08-2016

Oregon became the first state to conduct elections entirely by mail with a voter-approved initiative (Measure 60) in 1998. Washington made the switch via legislative action in 2011. And Colorado followed suit in 2014. The nation’s most populous...

Lottery-Fixing Investigation Spreads Nationwide | 01-08-2016

Last summer, Eddie Tipton, a former security officer for the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), which administers several multi-state games including Powerball and Mega Millions, was convicted of rigging a jackpot in Iowa in 2010. Now Tipton is facing...

Environment - December 14 2015 | 12-11-2015

The U.S. House of Representatives approves HR 1321, a bill that would ban the use of microbeads, small bits of plastic found in a variety of personal products like soap and toothpaste. At least eight states, including ILLINOIS, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT,...

Politics In Brief - November 2 2015 | 10-30-2015

NC legislators call for session limits Three Democratic NORTH CAROLINA lawmakers, Rep. Charles Graham, Rep. Garland Pierce, and Sen. Jane Smith, are urging session limits, saying there’s no need for the state’s legislative sessions to run...

Intrastate Opposition Over Obama Policies | 10-16-2015

Multistate lawsuits challenging White House policy have been de rigueur since the Affordable Care Act. Over two dozen states are opposing the Obama administration’s plan to defer the deportation of millions of illegal immigrants. And at least 20...

Denver to Consider Local Tax for Higher Ed | 10-16-2015

A measure bound for Denver, Colorado’s Nov. 3 ballot would raise the city’s sales tax to help local college students cover the rising cost of their tuition. Supporters of Measure 2A - who include Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (D) and former...

Governors In Brief - October 12 2015 | 10-09-2015

CO Gov Issues Mascot Order COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) issued Executive Order B 2015 006, which will create a commission to discuss American Indian high school mascots. Commission members will include tribes, local community members and state...

Pre-election voting restricted in many states | 09-18-2015

In most states eligible voters can cast their votes before Election Day, either by going to the polls during designated early voting periods or by voting via absentee ballot. But 30 states have no early voting period, although 13 of those states allow...

Politics In Brief - September 14 2015 | 09-10-2015

Activists Pull Pot Measure Backers of a proposed ballot initiative to allow marijuana use in bars and other businesses in Denver said this month they were going to pull the measure and instead work with city and business leaders on a measure that could...

Line Of The Day... | 08-07-2015

...comes courtesy of Colorado state Rep. Dan Pabon, who was part of a panel discussion on legalizing marijuana at last week’s big National Conference of State Legislatures Annual Summit in Seattle. Noting that he represents part of the capital city...

Politics In Brief - August 10 2015 | 08-07-2015

Women Lawmakers In The States COLORADO has the highest percentage of female state lawmakers in the nation, at 42 percent, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures. LOUISIANA has the lowest percentage, at 11.8 percent (HONOLULU...

New Sagebrush Rebellion In CO | 07-31-2015

The fight for more control over federal lands within state borders has been waxing and waning in the American West since at least the 1890s. The latest flare-up of the Sagebrush Rebellion is centered in Colorado, where Republican gubernatorial nominee...

CO Ballot Measures Aimed at Gay Marriage | 07-10-2015

Two Littleton, Colorado residents, Gene and D’Arcy Straub, have filed a pair of ballot initiatives that would redefine same-sex marriages in the state as civil unions and allow wedding-related businesses that oppose gay marriage to hire contractors...