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Business - September 23 2019 | 09-20-2019

California Governor Signs AB 5 Calling it “landmark legislation for our workers and our economy,” CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs AB 5 , which codifies the process for determining if a worker is an employee or an independent contractor...

Energy - September 23 2019 | 09-20-2019

New Hampshire House Fails to Override Governor's Veto of HB 365 The NEW HAMPSHIRE House fails to override Gov. Chris Sununu’s (R) veto of HB 365 , which would have raised from 1 megawatt to 5 the limit on how much solar and hydropower towns...

Environment - September 23 2019 | 09-20-2019

Trump Administration Announces Plans to Revoke Longstanding Federal Rule The Trump administration announces plans to revoke a longstanding federal rule that allows CALIFORNIA to establish stricter emissions standards than required by federal law. State...

Health & Science - September 23 2019 | 09-20-2019

Utah Legislature Unanimously Endorses SB 1002 The UTAH Legislature unanimously endorses SB 1002 , which would scrap a proposed state-centralized system for delivering cannabis to patients in favor of leaving distribution in the hands of private businesses...

Social Policy - September 23 2019 | 09-20-2019

New Hampshire House Sustains Veto of HB 109 The NEW HAMPSHIRE House sustains the veto by Gov. Chris Sununu (R) of HB 109 , a bill that would have required a criminal background check for commercial firearms sales (NEW HAMPSHIRE PUBLIC RADIO). ...

Local Front - September 23 2019 | 09-20-2019

Arizona Supreme Court Rules in Phoenix Ordinance The ARIZONA Supreme Court rules that a PHOENIX ordinance that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination cannot be used to force artists to create custom wedding invitations...

Business - September 16 2019 | 09-13-2019

Sponsor of California SB 51 Pulls Bill The sponsor of CALIFORNIA SB 51 , a bill that would allow banks and credit unions to do limited business with legal cannabis companies, pulls the measure before it can come up for a vote, turning it into a two...

Education - September 16 2019 | 09-13-2019

California Governor Signs SB 419 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs SB 419 , which permanently prohibits willful defiance suspensions in grades four and five and bans such suspensions in grades six through eight for five years. The measure takes...

Environment - September 16 2019 | 09-13-2019

California Assembly Gives Final Approval to AB 342 The CALIFORNIA Assembly gives final approval to AB 342 , which would bar new oil and gas wells in national parks and other protected areas in the Golden State. It moves to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who...

Health & Science - September 16 2019 | 09-13-2019

California Governor Signs SB 276 and SB 714 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs two vaccine-related measures: SB 276 , which would allow the state to investigate doctors who grant more than five medical vaccine exemptions in a single year, and SB...

Immigration - September 16 2019 | 09-13-2019

California Assembly Gives Final Approval to AB 589 The CALIFORNIA Assembly gives final approval to AB 589 , which makes it a crime for an employer to confiscate a worker’s immigration documents as a way to force them into labor. The measure,...

Social Policy - September 16 2019 | 09-13-2019

Federal Judge In North Dakota Blocks State Law A federal judge in NORTH DAKOTA blocks a state law enacted earlier this year that required physicians to tell women they may reverse a so-called medication abortion if they have second thoughts. State...

Local Front - September 16 2019 | 09-13-2019

California Senate Gives Final Approval to SB 330 The CALIFORNIA Senate gives final approval to SB 330 , which would temporarily ban cities from imposing a moratorium on new housing construction, prohibit the changing of local zoning laws to outlaw...

Business - September 9 2019 | 09-06-2019

California Senate Appropriations Committee Kills AB 161 The CALIFORNIA Senate Appropriations Committee kills AB 161 , a bill that would have banned most paper receipts at large retailers unless customers requested one (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). ...

Education - September 9 2019 | 09-06-2019

California Senate Appropriations Committee Holds AB 376 The CALIFORNIA Senate Appropriations Committee holds AB 376 , a bill that would have established a student loan borrower’s bill of rights, hired a state borrower advocate to respond to consumer...

Environment - September 9 2019 | 09-06-2019

California Senate Appropriations Committee Declines to Endorse AB 572 The CALIFORNIA Senate Appropriations Committee declines to endorse AB 572 , a bill that would have barred the state from doing business with companies whose products contributed...

Health & Science - September 9 2019 | 09-06-2019

California Senate Gives Final Approval to SB 276 The CALIFORNIA Senate gives final approval to SB 276 , which would allow the state Department of Public Health to review and potentially reject medical vaccine exemptions written by doctors who have...

Social Policy - September 9 2019 | 09-06-2019

California Governor Signs SB 245 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs SB 245 , which allows military veterans to have adoption fees waived for dogs and cats available at animal shelters (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). California Governor Signs SB 192...

Local Front - September 9 2019 | 09-06-2019

Seattle City Council Approves Bike Lane Ordinance The SEATTLE City Council unanimously approves an ordinance requiring the city Department of Transportation to build protected bike lanes any time those lanes are included in the city’s long-term...

Business - September 3 2019 | 08-30-2019

Illinois governor Signs HB 3394 ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signs HB 3394 , a bill that will require companies headquartered in the Prairie State to submit an annual report on their board membership and how they identify and appoint diverse candidates...

Education - September 3 2019 | 08-30-2019

Arizona Board of Regents Approves Proposal The ARIZONA Board of Regents unanimously approves a proposal to charge undocumented students who graduate from high school in the Grand Canyon State 150 percent of the in-state tuition rate, a 50 percent reduction...

Environment - September 3 2019 | 08-30-2019

Delaware Governor Signs HB 65 DELAWARE Gov. John Carney (D) signs HB 65 , which bars covenants or other restrictions that would halt or unreasonably limit the use of roof or ground-mounted residential solar systems. The measure also lowers the voting...

Health & Science - September 3 2019 | 08-30-2019

Washington State Health Officer Issues Statewide Standing Order WASHINGTON State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy issues a statewide standing order to allow any person or organization in the state to purchase the overdose reversal drug naloxone from a...

Immigration - September 3 2019 | 08-30-2019

Illinois Governor Signs SB 1290 ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signs SB 1290 , which bars landlords from intimidating or threatening to disclose immigrants’ citizenship status to any person, agency, or law enforcement officer. If that happens...

Social Policy - September 3 2019 | 08-30-2019

New Jersey Appeals Court Rules the State Can Move Ahead A NEW JERSEY appeals court rules the state can move ahead with a new law allowing terminally ill patients to seek life-ending drugs. The plaintiffs seeking to overturn the law indicated they would...

Local Front - September 3 2019 | 08-30-2019

North Carolina Governor vetoes HB 370 NORTH CAROLINA Gov. Roy Cooper (D) vetoes HB 370 , which would have required sheriffs in the state to closely cooperate with federal immigration enforcement or face removal from office (CNN). Birminghan Mayor...

Business - August 19 2019 | 08-15-2019

IL Governor Signs SB 75 ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signs SB 75 , an omnibus bill that, among several things, extends legal sexual harassment protections to contract workers, limits the use of contract provisions designed to prevent workers from...

Education - August 19 2019 | 08-15-2019

NY Governor Signs AB 5842 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 5842 , a bill that adds bus drivers to the list of mandated reporters of abuse in private schools (ALBANY TIMES-UNION, NEW YORK GOVERNOR’S OFFICE). IL Governor Signs HB 246...

Health & Science - August 19 2019 | 08-15-2019

NH Governor Signs SB 258 NEW HAMPSHIRE Gov. Chris Sununu (R) signs SB 258 , a bill that adds primary care physicians and pediatricians to the list of doctors who can bill the state Medicaid program for visits that happen by phone or video conference...

Social Policy - August 19 2019 | 08-15-2019

IL Governor Signs HB 3390 ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signs HB 3390 , which requires that kennels in the Prairie State be staffed at all times or have a sprinkler system or fire alarm that automatically notifies first responders of a fire (DAILY...

The Local Front - August 19 2019 | 08-15-2019

Portland City Council Approves The PORTLAND City Council approves charging landlords an annual $60 registration fee, with the funds designated to go to a new city agency that tracks tenant complaints about negligent landlords and enforces fair housing...

Business - August 12 2019 | 08-09-2019

Acting New York Governor Signs 1790 Acting NEW JERSEY Gov. Sheila Oliver (D) signs SB 1790 , a bill that imposes fines and possible jail time on employers found guilty of failing to pay workers the full wages owed to them. Employers who are found to...

Education - August 12 2019 | 08-09-2019

The FLORIDA Dept. of Education unveils a special database that grants specified “threat assessment teams” access to information about students’ personal mental health history, interactions with law enforcement, school discipline, and...

Health & Science - August 12 2019 | 08-09-2019

Acting Governor Signs A Trio of Gun-related Measures Acting NEW JERSEY Gov. Sheila Oliver (D) signs a trio of gun-related measures: SB 3301 , which requires the Garden State Department of Health to establish a hospital-based violence intervention plan...

Local Front - August 12 2019 | 08-09-2019

New York Governor Signs SB 231 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs SB 231 , a bill that allows BUFFALO to enforce speed limits in school zones using cameras that record speeding violations in real time without the need for a police officer at the...

Business - August 5 2019 | 08-02-2019

Illinois Governor Signs HB 88 ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signs HB 88 , a bill that caps interest rates at 5 percent on consumer debt of less than $25,000 following a court judgment, down from the current limit of 9 percent. The law also limits...

Education - August 5 2019 | 08-02-2019

New York Governor Signs SB 101A NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs SB 101a , which bars school districts from arming teachers. The law still allows a school resource officer, law enforcement officer or security guard to carry a firearm on school...

Environment - August 5 2019 | 08-02-2019

Illinois Governor Signs SB 9 ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signs SB 9 , a bill that, among several things, prohibits coal ash discharge into the environment and directs state regulators to propose new rules around the regulation of coal ash (ILLINOIS...

Health & Science - August 5 2019 | 08-02-2019

Federal Judge Blocks Three Arkansas Abortion Laws Saying they provide women with “no discernible medical benefit,” a federal judge temporarily blocks three ARKANSAS abortion laws from going into effect. The state is expected to appeal the...

Immigration - August 5 2019 | 08-02-2019

ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signs two immigration measures: HB 836 , which ensures children are able to have short-term guardians if they have a parent detained or deported by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and House Bill...

Social Policy - August 5 2019 | 08-02-2019

South Carolina Supreme Court Abolishes Common Law Marriage The SOUTH CAROLINA Supreme Court unanimously abolishes common law marriage, the legal framework that allows longtime couples to be considered married even without a license. The new law applies...

Local Front - August 5 2019 | 08-02-2019

Cleveland City Council Approves New Regulations The CLEVELAND City Council approves new regulations that require landlords to pay for private inspections and obtain lead-safe certificates for rental units. Property owners will also be required to inform...

Business - July 22 2019 | 07-19-2019

Minnesota Governor Signs HF 2A MINNESOTA Gov. Tim Walz (D) signs HF 2a , an omnibus jobs and economic development package that will also make it a felony in some cases for employers to withhold workers’ wages. The new law, which went into effect...

Education - July 22 2019 | 07-19-2019

Florida Board of Education Enacts New Rules The FLORIDA Board of Education enacts new rules that require Sunshine State schools to provide students with at least five hours of mental health instruction, beginning in the 6 th grade. The instruction...

Environment - July 22 2019 | 07-19-2019

Missouri Governor Signs HB 260 MISSOURI Gov. Mike Parson (R) signs HB 260 , an anti-poaching measure that significantly raises fines for those convicted of illegally taking game species and other native wildlife. Fines will range up to $5,000 for each...

Health & Science - July 22 2019 | 07-19-2019

New Jersey Governor Signs Trio of Opioid-Related Bills NEW JERSEY Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signs a trio of opioid-related bills: AB 3292 , a bill that makes the Garden State the first to require opioid prescriptions to have a warning label to inform patients...

Social Policy - July 22 2019 | 07-19-2019

New Hampshire Governor Signs HB 399 and Vetoes SB 88 NEW HAMPSHIRE Gov. Chris Sununu (R) signs HB 399 , which allows anyone who convicted of possession of a small amount of weed before Sept. 16, 2017 to petition the court to have that conviction removed...

Local Front - July 22 2019 | 07-19-2019

Berkeley California City Council Approves Ordinance The BERKELEY , CALIFORNIA City Council unanimously approves an ordinance to bar the use of natural gas in new buildings. The law takes effect on Jan. 1 2020 (BERKELEYSIDE). San Diego City Council...

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...