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Business - May 20 2019 | 05-17-2019

GA Governor Signs HB 213 GEORGIA Gov. Matt Kemp (R) signs HB 213 , which makes it legal to grow hemp in the Peach State. Hemp is used to make a number of consumer products, including rope and CBD oil (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION). IA Governor Signs...

Education - May 20 2019 | 05-17-2019

CO Governor Signs SB 176 COLORADO Gov. Jared Polis (D) signs SB 176 , which requires Centennial State school districts to offer opportunities for qualified high school students to enroll in college-level classes that can be applied to both a high school...

Health & Science - May 20 2019 | 05-17-2019

ME Senate Approves HB 798 The MAINE Senate approves HB 798 , which would abolish all but purely medical exemptions from the state’s school vaccination law. It moves to Gov. Janet Mills (D), who is expected to sign it (PORTLAND PRESS HERALD)....

Social Policy - May 20 2019 | 05-17-2019

Federal Court Rules on KY Law A federal court rules that a 2018 KENTUCKY law that effectively banned abortions after the 15 th week of pregnancy is unconstitutional. State officials say they would appeal the ruling (LOUISVILLE COURIER JOURNAL). ...

The Local Front - May 20 2019 | 05-17-2019

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Approves The SAN FRANCISCO Board of Supervisors approves an ordinance that makes the City by the Bay the first in the nation to ban the use of facial recognition surveillance technology. The new law also requires...

Business - May 13 2019 | 05-10-2019

MI Senate Approves SB 1 The MICHIGAN Senate approves SB 1 , a measure that would, among several things, allow Wolverine State drivers to choose levels of medical coverage instead of automatically getting unlimited coverage, create an auto insurance...

Education - May 13 2019 | 05-10-2019

OR House Approves HB 3063 The OREGON House approves HB 3063 , which would remove vaccination requirements based on religious, philosophical or personal reasons. The bill would allow unvaccinated kids to attend public school until August 1, 2020, after...

Environment - May 13 2019 | 05-10-2019

WA Governor Signs SB 5116 WASHINGTON Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signs SB 5116 , a bill that establishes a mandate for Evergreen State utilities to eliminate coal as an energy source by the end of 2025, with the ultimate goal of providing carbon-free electricity...

Health & Science - May 13 2019 | 05-10-2019

TX House Approves HB 3703 The TEXAS House approves HB 3703 , which would add multiple sclerosis, autism, cancer and many other diseases and medical conditions to those eligible to be treated with cannabis oil. The bill, which would also allow for the...

Social Policy - May 13 2019 | 05-10-2019

ME House Approves HB 594 The MAINE House approves HB 594 , which would require Medicaid private insurance companies to pay for abortion services. It moves to the Senate (PORTLAND PRESS HERALD, LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). GA Governor Signs HB 481 GEORGIA...

The Local Front - May 13 2019 | 05-10-2019

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approves The SAN FRANCISCO Board of Supervisors unanimously approves an ordinance that requires brick and mortar retail establishments to accept cash as payment, becoming the second major city in America...

Business - May 6 2019 | 05-03-2019

NY Assembly Endorses SB 501 The NEW YORK Assembly endorses SB 501 , a bill that would require toy manufacturers to tell state regulators when children’s products contain hazardous chemicals like cadmium, with toys containing materials like toxic...

Education - May 6 2019 | 05-03-2019

TX Senate Approves SB 11 The TEXAS Senate approves SB 11 , a broad school safety measure that would, among several things, require that classrooms be equipped with phones and establish threat assessment teams to help identify potentially dangerous...

Environment - May 6 2019 | 05-03-2019

NY Governor Signs AB 2572 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 2572 , legislation that bans offshore drilling in Empire State coastal waters. The measure bars the state from granting permits for drilling and exploration in offshore areas controlled...

Health & Science - May 6 2019 | 05-03-2019

WA House Gives Final Approval to HB 1638 The WASHINGTON House gives final approval to HB 1638 , which would remove a parents’ ability to seek a personal or philosophical exemption from their children being vaccinated for measles. The measure...

Social Policy - May 6 2019 | 05-03-2019

KS Supreme Court Rules The KANSAS Supreme Court rules that women in the Sunflower State have a constitutional right to obtain an abortion. Justices ruled that both the state and U.S. constitutions support that right. Opponents vowed to seek to amend...

The Local Front - May 62019 | 05-03-2019

NY City Bans Alcohol Advertising on City Property Citing health risks associated with consuming excessive amounts of alcohol, NEW YORK CITY bans alcohol advertising on city property. The ban takes effect immediately, but ads already in place will be...

Business - April 22 2019 | 04-19-2019

TX Supreme Court Rules The TEXAS Supreme Court rules that the state does not have to reveal the identity of the manufacturer of the drugs used to carry out executions. Doing so, the court ruled, “would create a substantial threat of physical...

Education - April 22 2019 | 04-19-2019

NC House Approves HB 389 The NORTH CAROLINA House approves HB 389 , a bill that would authorize public colleges and universities to allow alcohol sales at stadiums, athletic facilities and arenas located on school property. It moves to the Senate ...

Energy - April 22 2019 | 04-19-2019

NV Senate Unanimously Approves SB 358 The NEVADA Senate unanimously approves SB 358 , which would raise the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to 50 percent by 2030. It moves to the Assembly (NEVADA INDEPENDENT).

Environment - April 22 2019 | 04-19-2019

OR Senate Approves SB 80 The OREGON Senate approves SB 80 , which would bar restaurants and other food outlets from dispensing plastic straws unless a customer asks for one. It moves to the House (OREGONIAN [PORTLAND]).

Health & Science - April 22 2019 | 04-19-2019

MT Senate Endorses HB 658 The MONTANA Senate endorses HB 658 , which would extend the Treasure State’s Medicaid expansion, while also adding work requirements and a sunset date of 2025. The measure has returned to the Senate for consideration...

Immigration - April 22 2019 | 04-19-2019

WA House Approves SB 5497 The WASHINGTON House approves SB 5497 , a measure that would, among several things, require state agencies to provide services without considering a person’s citizenship or immigration status and to put in place secure...

Social Policy - April 22 2019 | 04-19-2019

US Supreme Court Declines The U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear a challenge to a NEW JERSEY law that bans the use of so-called “conversion therapy,” which seeks to change a person’s sexual orientation, on minors (NJ.COM). NJ...

The Local Front - April 22 2019 | 04-19-2019

Sacramento City Council Passes Ordinance The SACRAMENTO City Council passes an ordinance that makes it illegal to sell flavored e-cigarette cartridges, menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products within city limits (SACRAMENTO BEE). CO...

Business - April 15 2019 | 04-12-2019

CO House and Senate Give Final Approval to SB 78 The COLORADO House and Senate give final approval to SB 78 , net-neutrality legislation that would bar internet service providers from receiving state taxpayer money if they slow access to the internet...

Education - April 15 2019 | 04-12-2019

IN Governor Signs SB 632 INDIANA Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) signs SB 632 , which requires the Hoosier State Department of Health to educate schools about how to test for radon. The law takes effect July 1 (INDYCHANNEL). ND Governor Signs HB 1332 NORTH...

Health & Science - April 15 2019 | 04-12-2019

IL Governor Signs HB 345 ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signs HB 345 , which raises the age for legally buying tobacco products in the Prairie State to 21. The bill, which takes effect on July 1, covers all tobacco and vaping products, including cigarettes...

Social Policy - April 15 2019 | 04-12-2019

OH Governor Signs SB 23 OHIO Gov. Mike DeWine (R) signs SB 23 , which bans Buckeye State doctors from performing an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, roughly six weeks into pregnancy. The measure would also allow for doctors who perform...

The Local Front - April 15 2019 | 04-12-2019

AR House Gives Final Approval to SB 411 The ARKANSAS House gives final approval to SB 411 , a bill that would bar Razorback State cities from becoming so-called “sanctuary cities,” which bar law enforcement from cooperating with federal...

Business - April 8 2019 | 04-05-2019

TX Senate Approves SB 17 The TEXAS Senate approves SB 17 , which would allow occupational license holders whose licenses are at risk due to professional behavior or speech to cite “sincerely held religious beliefs” as cause for their actions...

Education - April 8 2019 | 04-05-2019

NE Governor Signs LB 399 NEBRASKA Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) signs LB 399 , which provides Cornhusker State schools with three different options for students to learn civics: participating in and reporting on a local government meeting, taking the test...

Environment - April 8 2019 | 04-05-2019

NM Governor Signs SB 76 NEW MEXICO Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) signs SB 76 , which makes it illegal to organize or take part in coyote-killing contests (SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN). CO Senate and House Give Final Approval to SB 181 The COLORADO...

Health & Science - April 8 2019 | 04-05-2019

ID Senate Approves SB 1204 The IDAHO Senate approves SB 1204 , a bill that would require able-bodied Medicaid recipients who fail to meet certain work requirements to make a copay when seeking medical services. The measure moves to the House (ASSOCIATED...

Social Policy - April 8 2019 | 04-05-2019

MA Lawmakers Give Final Approval to HB 140 MASSACHUSETTS lawmakers give final approval to HB 140 , which would ban conversion therapy, which seeks to change a person’s sexual orientation, on minors. It moves to Gov. Charlie Baker (R), who has...

The Local Front - April 8 2019 | 04-05-2019

PA Pittsburgh City Council Approves Package of Bills The Pittsburgh City Council approves a package of bills that would ban the use of armor-piercing ammunition and high-capacity magazines and allow the authorities to temporarily seize the firearms...

Business - March 25 2019 | 03-22-2019

NJ Governor Signs SB 121 NEW JERSEY Gov. Phil Murphy (S) signs SB 121 , which bars the use of nondisclosure agreements in employment contracts and settlement agreements if those cases involve discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment or assault...

Education - March 25 2019 | 03-22-2019

AR House Approves HB 1626 The ARKANSAS House approves HB 1626 , which would require schools to offer classes on the Bible if enough students request such courses. It moves to the Senate (ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE [LITTLE ROCK]).

Energy - March 25 2019 | 03-22-2019

SD Governor Signs SB 15 SOUTH DAKOTA Gov. Kristi Noem (R) signs SB 15 , which clarifies that the Flickertail State Public Utilities Commission has authority to ensure solar and wind energy facilities are permitted in a timely fashion and with public...

Environment - March 25 2019 | 03-22-2019

OR House Approves HB 2623 The OREGON House approves HB 2623 , a bill that would impose a 10-year ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a process that injects high-pressure liquids into underground rock to extract oil and gas. The measure moves...

Health & Science - March 25 2019 | 03-22-2019

US Center for Medicare and Medicaid Gives OH Approval The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gives OHIO approval to impose work requirements for those covered by Medicaid expansion. Under those rules, recipients will need to either be...

Social Policy - March 25 2019 | 03-22-2019

AR Governor Signs HB 1439 ARKANSAS Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) signs HB 1439 , which outlaws abortion 18 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy except in medical emergencies and in cases of rape or incest. Opponents have indicated they will sue to block...

The Local Front - March 25 2019 | 03-22-2019

WA Seattle Mayor Signs Ordinance Seattle, WASHINGTON Mayor Jenny Durkan signs an ordinance that allows for the building of denser, taller housing in a handful of urban villages across the Emerald City. The law also levies substantial fines on developers...

Business - March 18 2019 | 03-15-2019

WA House Approves HB 1706 The WASHINGTON House approves HB 1706 , which would require Evergreen State employers to pay disabled workers the same $12 per hour minimum wage they pay other workers. The measure moves to the Senate (ASSOCIATED PRESS). ...

Education - March 18 2019 | 03-15-2019

OR Senate Approves SB 664 The OREGON Senate approves SB 664 , a measure requiring schools to teach students about the Holocaust and other acts of genocide. It moves to the House (ASSOCIATED PRESS, LEXISNEXIS STATE NET).

Energy - March 18 2019 | 03-15-2019

NM Legislature Gives Final Approval to SB 489 The NEW MEXICO Legislature gives final approval to SB 489 , which would require all electricity from publicly regulated utilities to be obtained from renewable and carbon-free resources by 2045. It goes...

Environment - March 18 2019 | 03-15-2019

NM House Endorses SB 76 The NEW MEXICO House endorses SB 76 , which would bar coyote-killing contests in the Land of Enchantment. It goes to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grishman (D) for consideration (NEW MEXICO POLITICAL REPORT).

Health & Science - March 15 2019 | 03-15-2019

FL House and Senate Approves SB 182 The FLORIDA House and Senate approve SB 182 , which would allow patients to smoke medical marijuana. It moves to Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who pushed the measure and is expected to sign it right away (MIAMI HERALD)...

Immigration - March 18 2019 | 03-15-2019

HI House Declines SB 557 The HAWAII House declines to take up SB 557 , a Senate-passed bill that would have made the Aloha State the third to become a so-called “sanctuary state,” which gives local law enforcement agencies the option to...

Social Policy - March 18 2019 | 03-15-2019

IA Supreme Court Upholds The IOWA Supreme Court upholds a lower court’s ruling that the Hawkeye State cannot deny Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment surgery. The court ruled that doing so would violate the state’s 2007 Civil Rights...