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Business - September 17 2018 | 09-14-2018

U.s food and drug administration and e-cigarette The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gives e-cigarette makers 60 days to devise a detailed plan for reducing use of their product by minors, threatening to ban a number of their products if the companies...

Education - September 17 2018 | 09-14-2018

U.S department of education implements regulation to protect students A federal court rules that the U.S. Department of Education wrongly delayed implementation of regulations meant to protect students who take out loans to attend college from predatory...

Energy - September 17 2018 | 09-14-2018

CA Governor signs SB 100 Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 100 , which requires that all retail electricity sold in the state be carbon-free by 2045. The Golden State joins HAWAII as the only states with a 100 percent carbon-free mandate (SACRAMENTO BEE...

Environment - September 17 2018 | 09-14-2018

CA governor signs AB 1775 and SB 874 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 1775 and SB 874 , which together bar the State Lands Commission from granting leases for new pipelines and infrastructure to companies looking to drill for oil off the state’s...

Health & Science - September 17 2018 | 09-14-2018

TN no longer covers OxyContin In an effort to combat the ongoing opioid abuse epidemic, health insurer BlueCross BlueShield announces it will stop covering OxyContin prescriptions in TENNESSEE . BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee reps say the company...

The Local front - September 17 2018 | 09-14-2018

New Initiative pledging to incorporate electric vehicles Led by LOS ANGELES Mayor Eric Garcetti, Representatives from 19 cities and counties sign a new initiative pledging to incorporate electric vehicles into their municipal fleets. Under the new...

Business - September 10 2018 | 09-07-2018

CA Governor Signs AB 2343 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 2343 , a bill that gives tenants facing eviction three court days to pay rent after receiving notice and five court days to respond to an eviction lawsuit. The measure further stipulates...

Education - September 10 2018 | 09-07-2018

IL Governor Signs SB 2428 ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signs SB 2428 , which bars Prairie State schools from punishing or publicly humiliating children who cannot pay for a school lunch. The measure further requires schools to provide a lunch to...

Energy - September 10 2018 | 09-07-2018

DE Governor Signs SB 113 DELAWARE Gov. John Carney (D) signs SB 113 , a bill to establish Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing in the First State. PACE loans are funded by private lenders and are paid back through a voluntary...

Environment - September 10 2018 | 09-07-2018

Going On In NJ The NEW JERSEY Department of Environmental Protection enacts a new rule to cap the amount of compounds known as PFNAs, short for perfluorononanoic acids, in Garden State drinking water. The man-made, toxic chemical compounds, once used...

Health & Science - September 10 2018 | 09-07-2018

AK Governor Signs HB 240 ALASKA Gov. Bill Walker (I) signs HB 240 , which bars gag rules in contracts between pharmacy benefits managers and pharmacies. Gag rules prohibit pharmacists from telling customers of a cheaper option for medication if they...

Immigration - September 10 2018 | 09-07-2018

Going On In TX A federal judge declines to order that the U.S. government halt the federal Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program, which shields young immigrants brought to this country as children from deportation. U.S. District Judge Andrew...

Social Policy - September 10 2018 | 09-07-2018

Going On in TX A federal court issues an injunction blocking TEXAS from telling abortion providers and medical facilities how to dispose of fetal remains from abortions and miscarriages. U.S. District Judge David Ezra said the law requiring burial...

The Local Front - September 10 2018 | 09-07-2018

Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals Rules The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules that cities cannot make it a crime to sleep on a public street or sidewalk when no homeless shelters are available. The court’s ruling applies to ordinances...

Business - September 3 2018 | 08-31-2018

IL GOVERNOR VETOES BILL FOR CAR SHARING ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) vetoes a bill that would have required peer-to-peer car sharing companies to generally follow the same rules and pay the same taxes as traditional car rental companies. The veto...

Education - September 3 2018 | 08-31-2018

The KENTUCKY Board of Education reaches a settlement with Jefferson County Public Schools avoiding a state takeover of the 100,000-student district in Louisville, the Commonwealth’s largest city. The state Education Commissioner, Wayne Lewis, had...

Energy - September 3 2018 | 08-31-2018

CALIFORNIA passes a measure setting ambitious clean energy goals, calling for relying solely on clean sources of energy like solar, wind and geothermal by 2045, and sends it to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown (D), who is expected to sign it. The proposal...

Health & Science - September 3 2018 | 08-31-2018

CA PASSES LAW TO BAN CERTAIN TYPES OF HEALTH INSURANCE CALIFORNIA lawmakers pass and send to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) legislation that bans certain types of health insurance policies known as “short-term” plans, or “junk insurance”...

Social Policy - September 3 2018 | 08-31-2018

CALIFORNIA lawmakers send a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) that bars secret settlements and non-disclosure agreements in sexual harassment cases, one of several bills considered this year in state legislatures in response to the #MeToo movement. The California...

The Local Front - September 3 2018 | 08-31-2018

The city legislative body in ANCHORAGE narrowly approves a complete ban on all disposable plastic shopping bags from local retail stores. The ban, which takes effect next March, is stricter than those adopted in other Alaska cities and villages and comes...

Business - August 20 2018 | 08-17-2018

MA Governor Vetoes Section of HB 4732 MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) vetoes a section of a $1.1 billion economic development package ( HB 4732 ) that would have barred “bad faith” allegations of patent infringement by so-called “patent...

Education - August 20 208 | 08-17-2018

NY Governor Signs AB 5200 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 5200 , anti-hazing legislation that bars certain physical contact or physical activity in any organization’s initiation ceremony when such activity creates a substantial risk of...

Energy - August 20 2018 | 08-17-2018

IL Governor Signs SB 486 and SB 2591 ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signs two solar energy bills: SB 486 , which creates a standard tax assessment value for Prairie State solar farms, and SB 2591 , which sets standards for the construction and deconstruction...

Environment - August 20 2018 | 08-17-2018

IL Governor Signs HB 4843 ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signs HB 4843 , which makes it a crime to import, sell, buy or trade any ivory or rhino horn within the Prairie State. (ILLINOIS GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Health & Science - August 20 2018 | 08-17-2018

IL Governor Signs HB 5245 ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signs HB 5245 , legislation that requires hospitals to train enough medical providers in how to treat sexual assault patients that when a victim arrives, a trained provider is present within...

Social Policy - August 20 2018 | 08-17-2018

NY Governor Signs AB 6823 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 6823 , which relieves Empire State prosecutors from having to prove force, fraud or coercion was used to involve a minor in prostitution. (NEW YORK POST)

The Local Front - August 20 2018 | 08-17-2018

TX City Council Approves Proposal The SAN ANTONIO City Council approves a proposal to require all employers except government entities to provide employees with one hour of paid sick leave for every 34 hours worked. Employers with more than five...

Business - August 13 2018 | 08-10-2018

Going On In CA A federal appeals court upholds a CALIFORNIA law that requires new models of semi-automatic handguns to stamp identifying information on bullet casings when fired. The 9 th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the law was a reasonable...

Crime & Punishment - August 13 2018 | 08-10-2018

OH Attorney General Announces New Online Site OHIO Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) announces the creation of a free, online system will allow victims to anonymously check the status of their rape kits from the time they are collected at a medical...

Education - August 13 2018 | 08-10-2018

OH Governor Signs SB 216 OHIO Gov. John Kasich (R) signs SB 216 , which makes dozens of changes to the Buckeye State education system, including how teachers are evaluated, allowing third-graders to take tests on paper, softening the law on excessive...

Environment - August 13 2018 | 08-10-2018

CA Air Resources Board Unveils Pollution Proposal The CALIFORNIA Air Resources Board unveils a proposal for new rules that would force automakers to meet the Golden State’s existing standards on car and truck pollution even if weaker ones are...

Health & Science - August 13 2018 | 08-10-2018

CA Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals Rules The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in CALIFORNIA rules that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that...

Immigration - August 13 2018 | 08-10-2018

ID Supreme Court Rules The IDAHO Supreme Court rules that an injured worker’s status as an unauthorized immigrant does not prevent them from receiving long-term disability payments if hurt on the job. The high court ruled that immigration status...

The Local Front - August 13 2018 | 08-10-2018

NY City Council Votes The NEW YORK City Council votes to stop issuing licenses for most for-hire driving services for one year while the Taxi & Limousine Commission studies the impact of the vehicles on the city's streets, whether their total...

Business - August 6 2018 | 08-03-2018

WA Federal Court Blocks a Company from Posting Online Plans A federal court in WASHINGTON blocks a company from posting online plans for 3D-printed gun blueprints that lawmakers around the country feared would lead to a wave of easily produced, untraceable...

Education - August 6 2018 | 08-03-2018

MI Supreme Court Rules The MICHIGAN Supreme Court rules that Wolverine State schools may legally ban guns from their campuses. The decision upholds a 2016 ruling by the Michigan Court of Appeals, which came to the same conclusion (DETROIT FREE PRESS...

Environment - August 6 2018 | 08-03-2018

NJ Governor Signs SB 2534 NEW JERSEY Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signs SB 2534 , legislation that bans smoking on Garden State beaches. The prohibition goes into effect early next year and covers all local and state-owned beaches, with violators subject to...

Health and Science - August 6 2018 | 08-03-2018

MA Endorses HB 4866 and Signs HB 2515 The MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate endorse HB 4866 , which would establish a statewide standing prescription for the overdose-reversal drug naloxone. The measure, which also allows local governments to exchange...

Immigration - August 6 2018 | 08-03-2018

CA U.S Ninth Circuit Court Appeals The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rules that the Trump administration overstepped its authority by threatening to withhold federal funds from CALIFORNIA “sanctuary cities,” which limit their cooperation...

The Social Policy - August 6 2018 | 08-03-2018

MA Governor signs SB 2260 MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signs SB 2260 , legislation that overturns a number of “antiquated and inappropriate” Bay State laws, including one that made abortion illegal. The measure also strikes down...

Potpourri - August 6 2018 | 08-03-2018

OH Governor Signs SB 1 OHIO Gov. John Kasich (R) signs SB 1 , which increases prison sentences for drug offenses involving fentanyl-related compounds by three to eight years (COLUMBUS DISPATCH).

The Local Scene - August 6 2018 | 08-03-2018

CA Votes to Ban Use of Motorized Scooters Citing a string of accidents, the BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA City Council votes to ban the use of motorized scooters in the city for six months. The Council said it plans to work with scooter companies to develop...

Business - July 23 2018 | 07-20-2018

CA Governor Signs AB 1678 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 1678 , which requires journalists, researchers and political campaigns that collect voter data to inform state officials if that data has been stolen (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE...

Education - July 23 2018 | 07-20-2018

HI Governor Signs HB 1489 HAWAII Gov. David Ige (D) signs HB 1489 , which bars discrimination against LGBTQ students in Aloha State schools (METRO WEEKLY [WASHINGTON DC]).

Environment - July 23 2018 | 07-20-2018

CA Governor Vetoes AB 2070 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 2070 , which would have required incoming student orientations at Golden State colleges and universities to include information on intimate partner and dating violence (LOS ANGELES...

Health & Science - July 23 2018 | 07-20-2018

MA Supreme Judicial Court Rules The MASSACHUSETTS Supreme Judicial Court unanimously rules that judges can require defendants with substance use disorders to remain drug-free as a condition of probation and send them to jail if they relapse (NEW YORK...

The Social Policy - July 23 2018 | 07-20-2018

Federal Judge Issues Order A federal judge issues an order barring LOUISIANA from carrying out any executions for at least one more year while litigation over the state’s method of carrying out lethal injection sentences is being challenged in...

The Local Front - July 23 2018 | 07-20-2018

California City Council Approves Proposal The San Diego, CALIFORNIA City Council approves a proposal to limit homeshare rentals like Airbnb to the property owner’s primary residence. The new rules go into effect in July, 2019 (SAN DIEGO UNION...

Business - July 16 2018 | 07-13-2018

OH Senate Approves HB 123 The OHIO Senate approves HB 123 , which would, among several things limit payday loans to no more than $1,000 and no longer than 12 months. The bill returns to the House (CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER). CA Governor Signs AB...

Education - July 16 2018 | 07-13-2018

HI Governor signs HB 2507 HAWAII Gov. David Ige (D) signs HB 2507 , which removes pre-schools from the superintendent’s scope of authority and clarifies that the director of the Executive Office on Early learning may authorize preschool personnel...