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Business - July 15 2019 | 07-12-2019

Wisconsin Governor Signs SB 152 WISCONSIN Gov. Tony Evers Signs SB 152 , which imposes regulations on e-scooters in the Badger State. Under the new law, e-scooters must weigh less than 100 pounds and abide by a 15 mile-per-hour speed limit. Local governments...

Education - July 15 2019 | 07-12-2019

California Assembly Gives Approval to AB 1000 The CALIFORNIA Assembly gives final approval to AB 1000 , a bill that would require higher education institutions to review and update written procedures and protocols related to sexual assault and harassment...

Environment - July 15 2019 | 07-12-2019

California Governor Signs AB 1054 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs AB 1054 , legislation that, among several things, will require utility companies to undertake billions of dollars in wildfire prevention mitigations. The measure also extends...

Health - July 15 2019 | 07-12-2019

Connecticut Governor Signs HB 7125 CONNECTICUT Gov. Ned Lamont (D) signs HB 7125 , which among several things requires that health insurers not place more stringent limits on mental health and substance use disorder benefits than for medical and surgical...

Social Policy - July 15 2019 | 07-12-2019

California Senate Approves AB 392 The CALIFORNIA Senate approves AB 392 , which would limit the ability of law enforcement officers to use lethal force to only when officers or the public face an imminent threat of death or serious bodily harm. It...

Local Front - July 15 2019 | 07-12-2019

US Conference of Mayors Unanimously Adopt Resolution The US Conference of Mayors unanimously adopts a resolution proposed by BALTIMORE officials to not pay ransom demands to hackers following ransomware infections in their cities. The group noted that...

Business - July 8 2019 | 07-08-2019

OR Senate Approves HB 2005 The OREGON Senate approves HB 2005 , which would grant workers up to 12 weeks of paid time off that they could also use to recuperate from their own serious illness, care for new adopted or foster children, or deal with domestic...

Education - July 8 2019 | 07-08-2019

OR Senate Approves HB 155 The OREGON Senate approves HB 155 , which would strengthen the authority of the state’s teacher licensing agency to investigate educators who engage in sexual misconduct. The measure, which passed both chambers unanimously...

Environment - July 8 2019 | 07-08-2019

PA governor Signs SB 712 PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom Wolf (D) signs SB 712 , a budget bill that has a provision which bans state and local governments from regulating or banning single-use plastics until the completion of two government studies on the matter...

Health - July 8 2019 | 07-08-2019

California Senate Health Committee Held SB 347 The CALIFORNIA Senate Health Committee holds SB 347 , a bill that would have required sugar-sweetened beverages to contain a warning label advising consumers of their associated health risks like diabetes...

Social Policy - July 8 2019 | 07-08-2019

Federal Court Upholds Kentucky Law A federal court upholds a KENTUCKY law requiring doctors who perform abortions to first complete an ultrasound and attempt to show and describe the image to the patient, as well as to play an audible heartbeat of...

Local Front - July 8 2019 | 07-08-2019

Seattle City Council Votes Unanimously The SEATTLE City Council votes unanimously to enable the construction of more and larger backyard cottages in all neighborhoods. Council members also endorsed removing requirements that property owners live on...

Business - July 1 2019 | 06-28-2019

MA House Endorses HB 3904 The MASSACHUSETTS House endorses HB 3904 , a bill that would establish a framework for licensing and regulating appraisal management companies in the Bay State. It is now in the Senate (STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE [BOSTON]. ...

Education - July 1 2019 | 06-28-2019

FL Governor Signs HB 7071 FLORIDA Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signs HB 7071 , which requires Sunshine State school districts to allow students to fulfill some high-school graduation requirements by completing two credits in work-based learning programs and...

Environment - July 1 2019 | 06-28-2019

IL Governor Signs SB 1852 ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signs SB 1852 , which requires Prairie State sterilization facilities to prevent leaks of ethylene oxide into surrounding neighborhoods and reduce legally allowable pollution emitted through...

Health - July 1 2019 | 06-28-2019

CA Assembly Approves SB 78 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves SB 78 , which would mandate that most residents obtain health insurance coverage or pay a penalty. The measure, which would restore the so-called individual mandate implemented under the Affordable...

Immigration - July 1 2019 | 06-28-2019

NY Governor Signs AB 3675 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 3675 , legislation that will allow unauthorized immigrants to obtain an Empire State driver’s license. The law goes into effect in 180 days (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS). IL Governor...

Social Policy - July 1 2019 | 06-28-2019

WI Governor Vetoes AB 179, AB 182, AB 183, and AB 180 WISCONSIN Gov. Tony Evers (D) vetoes four abortion bills: AB 179 , which would have imposed a life sentence in prison on doctors who do not provide medical care to babies who were born after attempted...

Local Front - July 1 2019 | 06-28-2019

WI Assembly approves SB 239 The WISCONSIN Assembly approves SB 239 , which would limit the ability of local municipalities to regulate 5G technology. It moves to Gov. Tony Evers (D) for consideration (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL). WI Senate Approves...

Business - June 17 2019 | 06-14-2019

RI Senate Approves SB 509 The RHODE ISLAND Senate approves SB 509 , which would bar employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. It is now in the House (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL). NV Governor Signs AB 466 NEVADA Gov. Steve Sisolak...

Education - June 17 2019 | 06-14-2019

ME Senate Gives Final Approval to SB 285 The MAINE Senate gives final approval to SB 285 , which would implement a system for the Pine Tree State to oversee student loan servicers, including requiring those servicers to be licensed by the state. It...

Environment - June 17 2019 | 06-14-2019

CT Governor Signs HB 7156 CONNECTICUT Gov. Ned Lamont (D) signs HB 7156 , which authorizes the Constitution State to buy up to 2 megawatts of offshore wind power, equal to about 30 percent of the state’s energy load. The new law also requires...

Health & Science - June 17 2019 | 06-14-2019

AL Governor Signs SB 236 ALABAMA Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signs SB 236 , which will create a commission to study the effects of medical marijuana and renew a current state law that allows cannabis oil to be used for treating seizure disorders in children...

Social Policy - June 17 2019 | 06-14-2019

IL Governor Signs SB 25 ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signs SB 25 , which codifies that women in the Prairie State have the “fundamental right” to have an abortion, and that a “fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent...

The Local Front - June 17 2019 | 06-14-2019

CA Palo Alto City Council Approves Ordinance The Palo Alto, CALIFORNIA City Council approves an ordinance that bans retail outlets from supplying customers with plastic straws, utensils, produce bags and other single-use items. The Council said it...

Business - June 10 2019 | 06-07-2019

CT Senate Approves HB 7200 The CONNECTICUT Senate approves HB 7200 , which would raise the Constitution State smoking age to 21. The measure moves to Gov. Ned Lamont (D), who has pledged to sign it into law (CONNECTICUT MIRROR [HARTFORD]). CT house...

Education - June 10 2019 | 06-07-2019

WV Senate Approves SB 1039 The WEST VIRGINIA Senate approves SB 1039 , which would, among other things, legalize charter schools, raise public school worker pay, increase public school funding, ban county superintendents from closing schools in anticipation...

Environment - June 10 2019 | 06-07-2019

ME Senate Approves HB 1115 The MAINE Senate approves to HB 1115 , which would ban retailers from offering single-use plastic bags. Each chamber must endorse the bill again for it to go to Gov. Janet Mills (D) for consideration (BANGOR DAILY NEWS).

Health & Science - June 10 2019 | 06-07-2019

TX Legislature Gives Approval to HB 2041 The TEXAS Legislature gives final approval to HB 2041 , which would require freestanding emergency rooms to clearly disclose the in-network health plans they accept and the fees patients may be charged. It moves...

Social Policy - June 10 2019 | 06-07-2019

OR Senate Approves HB 3216 The OREGON Senate approves HB 3216 , which would allow victims of unjustified calls to the police to sue the caller for $250. It returns to the House (PORTLAND OREGONIAN). ME Legislature Gives Final Approval to HB 948...

The Local Front - June 10 2019 | 06-07-2019

Beverly Hills City Council Approves an Ordinance The BEVERLY HILLS City Council approves an ordinance making it the fist city in America to fully ban the sale of all tobacco products. The measure, which takes effect in 2021, allows cigar lounges to...

Business - June 3 2019 | 05-31-2019

CA Assembly Endorses AB 5 The CALIFORNIA Assembly endorses AB 5 , a bill that could require employers to officially recognize hundreds of thousands of so-called “gig” workers as employees. Under the bill, employers seeking to avoid having...

Education - June 3 2019 | 05-31-2019

ME Governor Signs HB 798 MAINE Gov. Janet Mills (D) signs HB 586 , a bill that eliminates religious and philosophical exemptions for receiving immunizations required by Pine Tree State schools and day cares. The law takes effect 90 days after lawmakers...

Environment - June 3 2019 | 05-31-2019

CA Assembly Approves AB 1162 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves AB 1162 , which would largely ban the small bottles of shampoo and other toiletries provided by hotels. Hotels could still provide the small bottles of shampoo and other personal care products...

Health & Science - June 3 2019 | 05-31-2019

AL House and Senate Endorse SB 73 The ALABAMA House and Senate endorse SB 73 , a measure that would prohibit pharmacy benefit managers from employing contractual “gag clauses” to forbid pharmacists from telling customers if they can save...

Immigration - June 3 2019 | 05-31-2019

WA Governor Signs SB 5497 WASHINGTON Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signs SB 5497 , legislation that bars local authorities from asking residents about their immigration status. Washington joins CALIFORNIA and OREGON with so-called “sanctuary state”...

Social Policy - June 3 2019 | 05-31-2019

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks MI Law A federal judge temporarily blocks a MISSISSIPPI law that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, at about six weeks of pregnancy. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves previously banned a Magnolia...

The Local Front - June 3 2019 | 05-31-2019

TX Legislature Gives Final Approval to SB 22 The TEXAS Legislature gives final approval to SB 22 , which contains an amendment that would bar local governments from doing any business with Planned Parenthood. It moves to Gov. Greg Abbott (R) for consideration...

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...