Georgia

GA Voter Registration Database Targeted by DHS? | 12-16-2016

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson this month saying the state had discovered an unsuccessful effort to breach computer systems housing its voter registration database by an...

GA To Consider Tax On Non-Citizens | 11-18-2016

A bill appears to be on the way in Georgia that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution described as that state’s “first piece of Trump-era legislation.” According to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), which advocates for immigration...

Education - November 7 2016 | 11-04-2016

Education In Georgia The GEORGIA Supreme Court rules that a law prohibiting guns on school property supersedes one passed at the same time that allowed firearms inside school safety zones. Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed both bills into law in 2014. The...

Politics In Brief - October 24 2016 | 10-21-2016

VA Voter Registration System Slowed to Crawl by ‘Unprecedented Activity’ VIRGINIA’s online voter registration system slowed down last Monday - the last day to register to vote in time for the Nov. 8 election - to the point of being...

States Sue To Block Federal Overtime Rule | 09-30-2016

Twenty-one predominantly Republican-governed states have filed a federal lawsuit challenging a new Obama administration rule extending mandatory overtime pay to millions of American workers. The rule, which was finalized in May and takes effect in December...

Court Blocks Voter Registration Requirement In Three States | 09-16-2016

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ordered Alabama, Georgia and Kansas to stop requiring residents to provide proof of U.S. citizenship, such as a birth certificate or naturalization papers, when they register...

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...

Texas et al Win Challenge To Obama Immigration Policy | 07-15-2016

Twenty-five states joined Texas in challenging President Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy in November 2014, expanding temporary relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants. Fifteen states also filed amicus, or “friend...

Pro-, Anti-LGBT Bills Put GOP Govs on the Spot | 06-03-2016

Some people might have presumed the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage would have settled or at least diminished the nation’s long culture war over civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It did...

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....

Education - May 16 2016 | 05-13-2016

PA Approves HB 805 The PENNSYLVANIA Senate approves HB 805 , which would require Keystone State school districts to use an evaluation system instead of seniority when determining which teachers to lay off. It moves to Gov. Tom Wolf (D), who has said...

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

Special Session on Budget in WV WEST VIRGINIA Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) has called a special session for May 16 to resolve how to close a $270 million projected shortfall in the state’s 2016-17 budget. The session will begin only 45 days before...

Drone Laws Passed In Over Half of States In Last Few Years | 05-05-2016

Since 2013, 27 states have enacted laws addressing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The laws generally define what UAS or drones are and specify how they can be used by law enforcement...

Congress Considering Preemptive Drone Regulation | 05-05-2016

Although the airspace over the United States is, by act of Congress, the exclusive regulatory domain of the Federal Aviation Administration, states have been very active in recent years on the issue of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), more commonly known...

Education - May 9 2016 | 05-05-2016

TN Gov Allows SB 2376 TENNESSEE Gov. Bill Haslam (R) allows SB 2376 , which allows full-time faculty, staff and other public college and university employees who have handgun-carry permits to carry their guns on campus as long as they notify the local...

Budgets In Brief - May 9 2016 | 05-05-2016

KS Passes Unbalanced Budget KANSAS lawmakers ended their 2016 session by passing a $6.3 billion budget for next fiscal year that is roughly $22 million out of balance. Their budget bill ( SB 249 ) calls on Gov. Sam Brownback (R) to come up with...

Health & Science - May 9 2016 | 05-05-2016

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration bans the sale of e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah tobacco to people under age 18 and requires companies to submit these products to it for regulatory review, provide it with a list of product ingredients...

Potpourri - May 9 2016 | 05-05-2016

CA Approves SB 807 The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 807 , which would grant civil immunity to any firefighter or first responder who damages an unmanned aircraft, or drone, in the course of doing their job. The measure heads to the Assembly (LEXISNEXIS...

Crime & Punishment - May 2 2016 | 04-29-2016

CA Fails SB 966 A sufficient majority of the CALIFORNIA Senate fails to endorse SB 966 , which would have repealed mandatory sentencing enhancements for someone convicted of the sale, possession for sale, distribution or transportation of drugs such...

Social Policy - April 4 2016 | 04-01-2016

Social Policy In GA GEORGIA Gov. Nathan Deal (R) vetoes HB 757, which would have allowed faith-based organizations to deny services to those who violate their “sincerely held religious belief” and preserve their right to fire employees...

Southeastern Govs Angry Over Oil Drilling Reversal | 03-18-2016

A quartet of southeastern governors expressed frustration last week over the Obama administration abandoning its announced plans to open up oil drilling in the waters off their coasts. All four – Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia and Republicans...

More States Oppose Obama Immigration Policy Than Support | 03-18-2016

Texas and twenty-five other states have filed suit to block President Obama’s executive actions in November shielding undocumented immigrants from deportation for three years, according to the Pew Research Center. Twelve states have filed an amicus...

Education - March 21 2016 | 03-18-2016

Education In GA The GEORGIA Senate approves HB 859, a bill that would allow anyone 21 or older with a weapons license to carry a gun anywhere on a public college or university campus, except for inside dormitories, fraternities and sorority houses...

Health & Science - March 21 2016 | 03-18-2016

Health In GA The GEORGIA Senate approves HB 965, the so-called “Jimmy Carter bill,” which bars Peach State health insurers from forcing cancer patients to first fail to respond to other treatments before trying more advanced treatment programs...

Few States Focusing On Self-Driving Vehicles | 03-11-2016

Since 2011, when Nevada became the first state to authorize the operation of self-driving cars, five other states -- California, Florida, Michigan, North Dakota and Tennessee -- have enacted legislation, and Arizona’s governor has issued an executive...

Budgets In Brief - March 14 2016 | 03-11-2016

LA Passes Liquor Tax Increase The LOUISIANA Legislature passed a bill in extraordinary session last week that would raise taxes on beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages. The measure (HB 27 a) was sent to Gov. John Bel Edwards (D), who pushed for...

Social Policy - March 14 2016 | 03-11-2016

Social Policy In AL The Supreme Court of the United States unanimously reverses an ALABAMA Supreme Court ruling that denied parental rights to a lesbian adoptive mother who had split with her partner. Social Policy In GA The couple legally adopted...

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...

Health & Science - March 7 2016 | 03-04-2016

Health & Science In WY The WYOMING Legislature rejects several proposals to expand Medicaid to cover around 20,000 low-income Equality State residents. All were offered as amendments to the state’s main budget bill (WYOMING TRIBUNE EAGLE...

Immigration - March 7 2016 | 03-04-2016

The GEORGIA Senate approves SB 6, legislation that states children brought to the U.S. as children who have been permitted to stay under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, could only receive drivers’ licenses...

Health & Science - February 22 2016 | 02-19-2016

The GEORGIA House approves HB 34, so-called “right-to-try” legislation that would allow Peach State doctors to prescribe experimental medications that have not yet received federal approval to terminally ill patients. The bill moves to the...

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...

Crime & Punishment - February 8 2016 | 02-04-2016

Crime & Punishment in NM The NEW MEXICO House approves HB 56, a bill that would add the crimes of voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, first-degree child abuse and aggravated burglary to those which would qualify offenders for a mandatory life...

Immigration - February 8 2016 | 02-04-2016

The GEORGIA Supreme Court rejects an appeal to allow unauthorized immigrant students to pay in-state tuition at Peach State colleges and universities. The court said state law grants the Georgia Board of Regents immunity from such suits. Plaintiffs said...

Immigration - January 11 2016 | 01-08-2016

GEORGIA Gov. Nathan Deal (R) rescinds the executive order he issued last November 13 barring state agencies from doing anything to process the acceptance of refugees escaping the civil war in Syria. Deal rescinded the order after Attorney General Sam...

Medicaid Expansion Big Factor in State Insured Rates | 11-20-2015

Massachusetts had the lowest percentage of residents without health insurance last year, 3.3 percent, according to a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau. Texas had the highest percentage of such residents, at 19.1 percent. All five of the states...

Politics In Brief - November 23 2015 | 11-20-2015

High Court to Hear TX Abortion Case The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up a legal challenge to the abortion restrictions passed in TEXAS in 2013 as part of HB 2. Those provisions require abortion facilities to meet hospital-like ambulatory surgery...

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...

Governors In Brief - August 17 2015 | 08-14-2015

NH Heroin Use Not Statewide Emergency NEW HAMPSHIRE Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) declined a request to declare a statewide health emergency over the state’s burgeoning heroin epidemic. The request came from Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas. Hassan said...

Govs Tackle Suicide Prevention | 05-15-2015

At least four governors have signed bills in recent weeks to help prevent suicide among school-age kids. The first came on May 5 when Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed HB 198, a measure that requires school personnel to undergo yearly training in suicide...

Education - May 18 2015 | 05-15-2015

NH Vetoes SB 101 NEW HAMPSHIRE Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) vetoes SB 101, which would have barred state education officials from implementing the Common Core curriculum standards in any Granite State public school (UNION LEADER [MANCHESTER]). TN Signs...

Energy - May 18 2015 | 05-15-2015

GEORGIA Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signs HB 57, which will allow home and business owners to use third party companies to finance and install solar panels on their property (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION).

Budgets In Brief - May 18 2015 | 05-15-2015

NY Seeks Tax Credits for Education NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is seeking $150 million to provide tax credits for individuals and businesses that support public education, families with incomes of less than $60,000 per year that have children in...

Business - May 11 2015 | 05-08-2015

NH Endorses HB 136 The NEW HAMPSHIRE Senate endorses HB 136, which would ban minors from using tanning beds. It goes to Gov. Maggie Hassan (D), who is expected to sign it into law (UNION LEADER [MANCHESTER]). KS Overrides Veto of SB 117 The KANSAS...

Crime & Punishment - May 11 2015 | 05-08-2015

GA Signs SB 8 GEORGIA Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signs SB 8, which among several things allows the criminal justice system to treat minors forced into prostitution by human traffickers as victims rather than criminals (GWINNET DAILY POST). OK Signs HB...

Transportation Funding Crisis Breeds Self-Reliance In States | 05-01-2015

The transportation funding crisis in the states is continuing to worsen. At least six states -- Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Montana, Tennessee, and Wyoming -- have delayed roughly $2 billion in construction projects, and five states with Republican governors...

Education - May 4 2015 | 05-01-2015

TN Rejects HB 675 The TENNESSEE House rejects HB 675, a bill that would have allowed undocumented immigrant students who qualified for federal Deferred Action Status to pay in-state tuition at Volunteer State colleges and universities (TENNESSEAN ...

Health & Science - May 4 2015 | 05-01-2015

TX Approves HB 21 The TEXAS House approves HB 21, so-called “right-to-try” legislation that would allow terminally ill patients to access experimental medications still awaiting federal approval. The measure moves to the Senate (TEXAS TRIBUNE...

Health & Science - April 20 2015 | 04-17-2015

CO Approves SB 14 The COLORADO Senate approves SB 14, which among several things requires medical marijuana growers that cultivate more than 99 plants to be licensed by the state. The measure moves to the House (DENVER POST). Also in COLORADO , the...

Budgets In Brief - April 13 2015 | 04-10-2015

Tax collections from oil and natural gas companies in OKLAHOMA fell to $39.6 million in March, a 48 percent decline from March of last year and the lowest level since September 2002 (OKLAHOMAN [OKLAHOMA CITY]). * GEORGIA’s General Assembly passed...