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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...

Education - October 8 2018 | 10-05-2018

CA Governor Vetoes SB 320 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes SB 320 , a bill that would have required public university student health centers to provide abortion medication by no later than Jan. 1, 2022 (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE). ...

Environment - October 8 2018 | 10-05-2018

CA Governor Vetoes AB 1097 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 1097 , which would have barred smoking on Golden State beaches. It is the third straight year Brown has vetoed such a measure (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE).

Health & Science - October 8 2018 | 10-05-2018

CA Governor Signs AB 3032 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 3032 , which requires hospitals to provide maternal mental health training to clinical staff who work with pregnant and postpartum women and to educate women and families about the...

Social Policy - October 8 2018 | 10-05-2018

KY Federal Court Rules A federal court rules that a KENTUCKY law requiring clinics where abortions are performed to have written agreements with a hospital and an ambulance service in case of medical emergencies. U.S. District Judge Greg Stivers said...

Potpourri - October 8 2018 | 10-05-2018

CA Governor Signs AB 2055 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 2055 , which mandates that all ethics courses for lobbyists include information on State Assembly and Senate policies against harassment, including sexual harassment, in connection...

The Local Front - October 8 2018 | 10-05-2018

DC City Council Approves Initiative The WASHINGTON D.C . City Council approves legislation to overturn Initiative 77, a voter-approved ballot measure that would end a two-tier minimum-wage system that allows restaurants and others to pay tipped workers...

Business - October 1 2018 | 09-28-2018

CA Federal Appeals Court Ruled A federal appeals court in CALIFORNIA rules that the ridesharing company Uber can force its drivers into individual arbitration over pay and benefit disputes, voiding an effort by thousands of drivers to join in a class...

Education - October 1 2018 | 09-28-2018

CA Governor Signs SB 1406 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 1406 , which extends for three years a pilot program that allows some community colleges to offer four-year baccalaureate degrees in a handful of technical fields (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S...

Environment - October 1 2018 | 09-28-2018

Federal Judge Blocks Grizzly Bear Plans A federal judge blocks plans by WYOMING and IDAHO to hold the first grizzly bear hunt in the lower 48 states in almost three decades. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ruled grizzlies weren’t sufficiently...

Health & Science - October 1 2018 | 09-28-2018

CA Governor Signs SB 375 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 910 and SB 375 , which together ban short-term and association health plans, so-called “junk insurance” coverage that is exempt from Affordable Care Act rules, such as accepting...

Immigration - October 1 2018 | 09-28-2018

CA Governor Vetoes SB 174 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes SB 174 , which would have allowed unauthorized immigrants to serve on public boards and commissions (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE). CA Governor Vetoes SB 349 CALIFORNIA Gov...

Social Policy - October 1 2018 | 09-28-2018

Going On In LA The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a LOUISIANA law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital (REUTERS). CA Governor Signs AB 2989 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D)...

The Local Front - October 12018 | 09-28-2018

CA Governor Signs SB 946 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 946 , which allows cities to establish a permit process that allows food vendors to sell their wares on the street. Under the law, cities and municipalities without an existing licensing...

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...