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Business - January 21 2019 | 01-18-2019

WA Insurance Commissioner Bans Sale of NRA WASHINGTON Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler bans the sale of NRA-backed insurance policies that offer liability coverage to people who fire a gun. The policy provides money up front to cover costs and...

Immigration - January 21 2019 | 01-18-2019

Federal Judge Blocks U.S Department of Commerce A federal judge blocks the U.S. Department of Commerce from adding a question on American citizenship to the 2020 census. Judge Jesse M. Furman of the United States District Court in Manhattan said that...

Social Policy - January 21 2019 | 01-18-2019

CA and PA Bar Trump Administration Federal judges in CALIFORNIA and PENNSYLVANIA bar the Trump administration from implementing new rules that would let almost any employer deny female employees coverage for birth control by citing religious or moral...

The Local Front - January 21 2019 | 01-18-2019

Key West City Approves Ordinance The KEY WEST City Commission unanimously approves an ordinance that would ban the sale of sunscreens containing ingredients that could be harmful to coral reefs. The ordinance must pass another vote on Feb 5 to become...

Business - January 14 2019 | 01-11-2019

MI Governor Issues Executive Order 2019-10 MICHIGAN Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) issues Executive Order 2019-10 , which bars state agencies and departments from asking job applicants about previous salary history until a conditional offer of employment...

Education - January 14 2019 | 01-11-2019

NJ Governor Signs AB 1414 NEW JERSEY Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver (D) signs AB 1414 , a bill that mandates the state Board of Education include financial literacy instruction in the curriculum for sixth- through eighth-grade students in public schools across...

Environment - January 14 2019 | 01-11-2019

PA Governor Issues Executive Order 2019-01 PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom Wolf (D) issues Executive Order 2019-01 , which establishes a Keystone State goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050. The order also creates a state...

Health & Science - January 14 2019 | 01-11-2019

OH Governor signs HB 101 OHIO Gov. John Kasich (R) signs HB 101 , which authorizes Buckeye State pharmacists to substitute cheaper but equivalent alternatives to the brand-name product EpiPen, which is used to counter severe allergic reactions to bee...

Social Policy - January 14 2019 | 01-11-2019

OH Governor Signs HB 425 OHIO Gov. John Kasich (R) signs HB 425 , which codifies that police body camera video is public record unless it is a confidential investigatory record. The law does not, however, require police agencies to use body cameras...

The Local Front - January 14 2019 | 01-11-2019

Denver City Council Votes to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy The DENVER City Council unanimously votes to ban so-called gay conversion therapy, which seeks to change a minor’s sexual orientation. Denver becomes the first city in COLORADO to enact...

Education - December 17 2018 | 12-14-2018

DC Superior Court Blocks A WASHINGTON D.C . Superior Court blocks an effort to force a new referendum on a law that would overhaul how servers, bartenders and other tipped workers are paid. District voters approved the original measure, Initiative...

Energy - December 17 2018 | 12-14-2018

CA Building Standards Commission Finalizes The CALIFORNIA Building Standards Commission finalizes new rules that make the Golden State the first in the nation to require new homes built in 2020 and beyond to be solar-powered (ASSOCIATED PRESS).

Environment - December 17 2018 | 12-14-2018

MI Legislature Approves HB 4205 The MICHIGAN Legislature approves HB 4205 , which would bar state agencies from adopting non-emergency rules more stringent than the applicable federal standard unless specifically authorized by state law or unless the...

Health Care - December 17 2018 | 12-14-2018

ME Rejects Plea to delay Medicaid expansion A MAINE court rejects a plea from the administration of Gov. Paul LePage (R) to delay the implementation of a voter-approved Medicaid expansion in the Pine Tree State. Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy...

Social Policy - December 17 2018 | 12-14-2018

Supreme Court Rejects Petitions The Supreme Court of the United States declines to review whether states can block Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from their Medicaid programs. The Court’s decision rejects a pair of petitions...

The Local Front - December 17 2018 | 12-14-2018

CO City Council Endorses The DENVER City Council endorses a proposal to change where electric scooters are allowed to operate. Under the proposal, scooters will be required to stay in bike lanes or on the street if the posted speed limit is 30 miles...

Business - December 10 2018 | 12-07-2018

MI House and Senate Endorse SB 1171 and SB 1175 The MICHIGAN House and Senate endorse bills that would drastically change previously approved laws on paid sick leave and the state minimum wage: SB 1171 (2018) would slow the increase of the state’s...

Energy - December 10 2018 | 12-07-2018

CA Building Standards Commission Unanimously Approves The CALIFORNIA Building Standards Commission unanimously approves rules that make the Golden State the first in the nation to require new homes to be powered by solar power. The regulation takes...

Health & Science - December 10 2018 | 12-07-2018

MN Department of Health Announces The MINNESOTA Department of Health announces it is adding Alzheimer’s disease to the medical conditions eligible for treatment with medical marijuana in the Gopher State. The agency declined to add hepatitis...

The Local Front - December 10 2018 | 12-07-2018

CA San Francisco Board of Supervisors Approves The Board of Supervisors approves a bill that would make SAN FRANCISCO the first major city in the nation to eliminate provisions that require developers to provide at least some parking spaces as part...

Business - December 3 2018 | 11-30-2018

MI Senate Approves SB 1171 The MICHIGAN Senate approves SB 1171 , legislation that would delay the state’s planned minimum wage increase to $12 until 2030. The measure, which would also limit tipped workers’ minimum wage to $4 per hour...

Education - December 3 2018 | 11-30-2018

MI Senate Approves SB 796 The MICHIGAN Senate approves SB 796 , a bill that would ban paid “release time” contract provisions that allow public school employees to conduct union business during their work day. The measure moves now to the...

Health & Science - December 3 2018 | 11-30-2018

IL Governor Vetoes SB 2332 The ILLINOIS House fails to override a veto by Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) of SB 2332 , a bill that would have raised the legal smoking age to 21 (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES).

Social Policy - December 3 2018 | 11-30-2018

MS Law Bans Abortion Saying it “unequivocally” infringes on the due-process rights of women, U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves strikes down a MISSISSIPPI law that bans abortions after the 15 th week of pregnancy. The state is expected...

The Local Front - December 3 2018 | 11-30-2018

The LOS ANGELES City Council approves a measure to legalize and regulate sidewalk vendors. Under the newly-adopted rules, vendors must pick up trash; ensure that people can pass on the sidewalks; and do business at a minimum distance from fire hydrants...

Business - November 19 2018 | 11-16-2018

OH Senate Approves HB 329 The OHIO Senate approves HB 329, which would ensure that pyramid schemes are illegal in the Buckeye State. It heads to Gov. John Kasich (R) for consideration (DAYTON DAILY NEWS).

Health & Science - November 19 2018 | 11-16-2018

OR Health Authority Announces The OREGON Health Authority announces new opioid prescribing guidelines that encourage doctors to seek out alternative pain relief therapies before prescribing opioids for their patients. The guidelines also ask physicians...

Immigration - November 19 2018 | 11-16-2018

NE State Judge Reaffirms Department of Health and Human Services Decision A Cornhusker State judge reaffirms a decision by the NEBRASKA Department of Health and Human Services to deny extended foster care benefits to three 19-year-olds from Guatemala...

Social Policy - November 19 2018 | 11-16-2018

OH House Approves HB 228 The OHIO House approves HB 228 , which would amend the Buckeye State’s so-called “stand your ground” law by removing a mandatory “duty to retreat” and shift the burden of proof in self-defense...

The Local Front - November 19 2018 | 11-16-2018

DC City Council Votes Citing concerns over soaring enforcement levels and disproportionate enforcement against African Americans, the WASHINGTON D.C. Council votes to decriminalize Metro fare evasion in the District (WASHINGTON POST). NY City Federal...

Business - November 12 2018 | 11-09-2018

Supreme Court Declines The Supreme Court of the United States declines to hear a case challenging a lower court’s ruling that upheld the power of the Federal Communications Commission to implement net neutrality rules in 2016. A group of Internet...

Education - November 12 2018 | 11-09-2018

5th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules The 5 th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules that the U.S. Department of Education was within its rights to withhold $33.3 million in grant funding from TEXAS after the Lone Star State in 2012 reduced state spending...

Immigration - November 12 2018 | 11-09-2018

9th Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds A three-judge panel of the 9 th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a lower court’s ruling that blocks the Trump administration from immediately ending the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program...

Social Policy - November 12 2018 | 11-09-2018

Trump Administration Finalizes The Trump administration finalizes rules that allow some employers with religious or moral objections to opt out of providing no-cost birth control for female workers (ASSOCIATED PRESS). NJ Governor Signs SB 2465 ...

Business - November 5 2018 | 11-02-2018

Business in CA: CALIFORNIA officials announce they will postpone implementing SB 822 , a bill that would impose the strictest net neutrality law in the nation . Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) opted to delay the original start date of Jan. 1 2019...

Education - November 5 2018 | 11-02-2018

Education in MA: The MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate endorse a revised version of SB 2631 , a bill previously amended by Gov. Charlie Baker (R) that would make student-led civics projects part of Bay State high school and eighth grade curriculum. The...

Health & Science - November 5 2018 | 11-02-2018

Federal officials approve changes to the WISCONSIN Medicaid plan that will require recipients to work at least 80 hours per month or participate in job training, volunteer community service or a qualified work program to maintain eligibility for the program...

Social Policy - November 5 2018 | 11-02-2018

Social Policy in PA: PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom Wolf (D) signs SB 554 , a bill that shields minors from prosecution for crimes their abusers forced them to commit, enhances law enforcement training and establishes a new fund for victim services. The law...

The Local Front - November 5 2018 | 11-02-2018

The Chicago City Council rejects a proposal that would have given an elected board power over the city’s police agencies, including authority to investigate and fire officers found guilty of wrongdoing (CHICAGO TRIBUNE). The AURORA City Council...

Business - October 22 2018 | 10-19-2018

US Supreme Court Rejects The U.S. Supreme Court rejects a plea to hear an appeal of rulings in two CALIFORNIA cases that require former makers of lead paint to pay $400 million or more to clean up old homes (LOS ANGELES TIMES). MI Governor Signs...

Education - October 22 2018 | 10-19-2018

Federal Court Rejects Appeal A federal court rejects an appeal by for-profit colleges to halt implementation of Obama administration rules that make it easier for defrauded students to get their federal loans forgiven and prohibit colleges from forcing...

Environment - October 22 2018 | 10-19-2018

CO River Water Agreement Seven states that depend on the Colorado River for water reach agreement on a management plan for the waterway. The deal between COLORADO, UTAH, ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO, CALIFORNIA, NEVADA and WYOMING creates a collection of drought...

Health & Science - October 22 2018 | 10-19-2018

AR Health Officials Announce Health officials in ARKANSAS announce they stripped 4,353 Medicaid recipients of their health coverage for failing to meet state-mandated work requirements. The Razorback State has removed a total of 8,462 people from Medicaid...

Social Policy - October 22 2018 | 10-19-2018

TN Federal Court Rules A federal court rules that TENNESSEE may no longer revoke a person’s driver’s license over their inability to pay a traffic ticket. U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger’s ruling included a preliminary injunction...

Potpourri - October 22 2018 | 10-19-2018

PA Governor Signs HB 1346 PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom Wolf (D) signs HB 1346 , which among several things bars local governments from regulating drone aircraft (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET).

The Local Front - October 22 2018 | 10-19-2018

DC City Council Votes To Overturn Initiative 77 The WASHINGTON D.C. City Council officially votes to overturn Initiative 77 , which would have eliminated the tipped minimum wage and raised minimum base pay for tipped workers to the standard minimum...

Education - October 15 2018 | 10-12-2018

NJ Department of Education Issues New Guidelines The NEW JERSEY Department of Education issues new guidance requiring Garden State schools to accept a student’s stated gender identity and to honor that student’s request to not notify their...

Social Policy - October 15 2018 | 10-12-2018

WA Supreme Court Rules The WASHINGTON state Supreme Court rules the use of capital punishment to be unconstitutional. The ruling, which makes the Evergreen State the 20th where courts or legislatures have abolished or overturned capital punishment...

The Local Front - October 15 2018 | 10-12-2018

TX City Council Unanimously Approves The SAN ANTONIO City Council unanimously approves a six-month pilot program regulating electric scooters. Riders will be required to use sidewalks or roads, but will be barred from roadways where the speed limit...

Business - October 8 2018 | 10-05-2018

NJ Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Suspends Enforcement The NEW JERSEY Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control says it will suspend enforcement of new rules imposed in September on craft breweries while it consults with brewers, bars and restaurants...