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Budgets In Brief - June 22 2015 | 06-19-2015

WA Puts Brakes on Transportation Package Talks over a $15 billion transportation package in WASHINGTON have been suspended because talks over the state’s operating budget haven’t been going well, two thirds of the way through a second special...

Health & Science - June 15 2015 | 06-12-2015

NY Approves AB 7060 The NEW YORK Assembly approves AB 7060, which would allow emergency access to medical marijuana for patients with illnesses like epilepsy. It is now in the Senate (ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE). FL Signs HB 751 FLORIDA...

Social Policy - June 15 2015 | 06-12-2015

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds TX Surgical Center Standards A three-judge panel of the 5 th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a TEXAS law that requires Lone Star State clinics that perform abortions to meet ambulatory surgical center standards...

Online Voter Registration Coming To FL | 05-29-2015

This month, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed legislation requiring the state to implement an online voter registration system by October 2017. The decision was somewhat of a surprise because the bill, SB 228, was sponsored by a Democrat, Sen. Jeff Clemens...

Governors In Brief - June 1 2015 | 05-29-2015

Personal Data Breach in FL For the second time in 10 months, the administration of FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott (R) acknowledged it inadvertently released personal data of private citizens, potentially exposing them to identity theft. State officials said...

Governors In Brief - May 11 2015 | 05-08-2015

Ks and TX Friends of the Court In Florida Support Governors in KANSAS and TEXAS said they would file amicus briefs in support of FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) lawsuit against the Obama administration alleging the government is illegally coercing...

Politics In Brief - May 4 2015 | 05-01-2015

Bloomberg Philanthropies Improves Policymaking Bloomberg Philanthropies, the charitable organization founded by former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, plans to spend $42 million on the What Works Cities Initiative, which will help 100 cities...

Governors In Brief - May 4 2015 | 05-01-2015

MA Gov Halts Expansion of Convention Center Expressing concern about the debt it would incur and the impact it could have on the state budget, MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) has halted a planned $1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention and...

Crime & Punishment - May 4 2015 | 05-01-2015

IL Approves HB 218 The ILLINOIS House approves HB 218, a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. It is now in the Senate (CHICAGO TRIBUNE). MD Signs HB 594, SB 482 and HB 533 MARYLAND Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signs...

Environment - May 4 2015 | 05-01-2015

FL Passes HB 1205 The FLORIDA House passes HB 1205, which would establish a regulatory framework for the oil and natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The rules include establishing a permitting process and allowing...

Social Policy - May 4 2015 | 05-01-2015

OK Approves HB 1007 and SB 788 The OKLAHOMA House and Senate each approve so-called “religious freedom” bills (HB 1007 and SB 788) that give civil liability protection to clergy members who refuse to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies...

Only In His Dreams | 04-17-2015

Speaking of silly politician tricks, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has apparently got out again. Taking a page from the playbook of another frequent fumbler (former Texas Gov. Rick Perry) Scott recently dropped in to California for a few days on a mission to...

Education - April 20 2015 | 04-17-2015

NV Signs AB 165 NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) signs AB 165, legislation that would give Silver State businesses credit toward their modified business tax bill if they donate to a qualifying scholarship organization. Scholarships would go to students...

Many States Restrict Municipal Broadband Development | 04-10-2015

The Federal Communications Commission issued a ruling in February preempting laws in North Carolina and Texas that restricted municipalities from developing their own broadband networks. As of January 2014, 20 states had such restrictions in place, according...

Social Policy - April 13 2015 | 04-10-2015

ID Signs 189 IDAHO Gov. Butch Otter (R) signs HB 189, which requires doctors to be present when giving women abortion-inducing drugs. The measure effectively bars women from receiving those medications via telemedicine (IDAHO STATESMAN [BOISE]). ...

Crime & Punishment - April 6 2015 | 04-03-2015

ID Endorses SB 1154 The IDAHO House and Senate endorse SB 1154, which would allow human trafficking victims to petition courts to vacate and expunge criminal records involving prostitution charges and other minor offenses that occurred during the period...

Governors In Brief - March 9 2015 | 03-06-2015

The PENNSYLVANIA Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to a moratorium on executions imposed by Gov. Tom Wolf (D) in February. The court did not say when it will hear the case (PHILADELPHIACBSLOCAL.COM). * UTAH Gov. Gary Herbert (R) said he would...