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Business - January 22 2018 | 01-19-2018

NV Tax Commission Approves Final Regulations The NEVADA Tax Commission approves final regulations for the Silver State’s nascent recreational marijuana industry. The 258 pages of regulations must still be endorsed by the Nevada Legislative Commission...

Education - January 22 2018 | 01-19-2018

NJ Governor Signs AB 493 NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs AB 493 , which bans chewing tobacco at Garden State K-12 schools. Students that violate the ban could lose parking and sports participation privileges, while adults face fines up to...

Environment - January 22 2018 | 01-19-2018

NJ GOvernor Vetoes SB3317 NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) pocket vetoes SB 3317 , which would have compelled the state to join the U.S. CA, WA, and NY Climate Alliance Climate Alliance, a coalition of states led by CALIFORNIA , WASHINGTON...

Health & Science - January 22 2018 | 01-19-2018

Health In IL An ILLINOIS court orders Prairie State officials to add intractable pain as a qualifying condition for medicinal marijuana use. Cook County Judge Raymond Mitchell wrote in his decision that “the record shows that individuals with...

Immigration - January 22 2018 | 01-19-2018

Immigration in WA The WASHINGTON State Department of Licensing announces it will no longer release personal information to federal immigration authorities without a court order unless required by law. The change is one of several the agency will make...

Social Policy - January 22 2018 | 01-19-2018

NJ Governor Signs SB 3554 NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs SB 3554 , legislation that requires all workers hired to supervise people with developmental disabilities to undergo state and federal criminal background checks (NJ.COM).

Potpourri - January 22 2018 | 01-19-2018

NJ Governor Signs SB 3370 NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs SB 3370 , which criminalizes the act of operating a drone aircraft while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Violators face jail time and fines up to $1,000 (NJ.COM)

Business - January 15 2018 | 01-12-2018

ID Federal Appeals Court Rules A federal appeals court rules that a 2014 IDAHO law barring the secret filming of activities at farms, dairies and slaughterhouses is unconstitutional. The 9 TH U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the law suffered from...

Education - January 15 2018 | 01-12-2018

AZ Federal Judge Blocks A federal judge permanently blocks a 2010 ARIZONA law that prohibited Grand Canyon State schools from offering courses in ethnic studies. U.S. District Court Judge A. Wallace Tashima ruled that the ban was “not for a legitimate...

Environment - January 15 2018 | 01-12-2018

NJ Governor Signs AB 261 NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs AB 261 , which bars the installation and sale of wheel weights containing lead or mercury and prohibits the sale of new motor vehicles equipped with wheel weights containing lead or...

Health & Science - January 15 2018 | 01-12-2018

US Attorney General Declares U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) declares that the Trump administration will now allow federal prosecutors to prosecute marijuana businesses in states where weed has been legalized for either medical or recreational...

Immigration - January 15 2018 | 01-12-2018

CA Federal Judge Blocks Trump A federal judge in CALIFORNIA issues a temporary injunction blocking President Donald Trump’s declaration to end the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Judge William Alsup of the Federal District...

Social Policy - January 15 2018 | 01-12-2018

VT House and Senate Approve HB 511 The VERMONT House and Senate give final approval to HB 511 , which allows people 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and to grow up to two plants to maturity. It moves now to Gov. Phil Scott (R), who...

Business - December 18 2017 | 12-15-2017

IN GOVERNOR SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER 17-31 INDIANA Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) signs Executive Order 17-31 , which grants full-time Hoosier State public workers up to 150 hours of paid leave to be with their newborn or newly adopted children. Part-time workers...

Education - December 18 2017 | 12-15-2017

EDUCATION IN MA The MASSACHUSETTS Board of Education announces that students who relocated to the Bay State from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands because of Hurricane Maria will be immediately eligible to pay lower in-state public higher education...

Environment - December 18 2018 | 12-15-2017

WI GOVERNOR SIGNS AB 499 WISCONSIN Gov. Scott Walker (R) signs AB 499 , which overturns a law that essentially barred mining for any minerals in the Badger State other than iron ore. Under that law, a mining company seeking to extract minerals other...

Health & Science - December 18 2017 | 12-15-2017

HEALTH & SCIENCE IN RI The city of Providence, RHODE ISLAND announces a plan to make the city’s 12 fire stations places where residents can go to be connected to substance abuse treatment and counseling. The plan is modeled after a similar...

Social Policy - December 18 2017 | 12-15-2017

PA HOUSE APPROVES SB 3 The PENNSYLVANIA House approves SB 3 , which would bar doctors from performing abortions on women who are past their 20 th week of pregnancy. The measure moves to Gov. Tom Wolf (D), who has vowed to veto it (MORING CALL [ALLENTOWN...

Energy - December 11 2017 | 12-08-2017

NY GOVERNOR SIGNS AB 6571 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 6571 , an energy bill that requires the state Public Service Commission to establish a portfolio of energy storage policies, including a long-term energy storage target. The Empire State...

Social Policy - December 11 2017 | 12-08-2017

U.S. COURT DECLINES REVIEW The U.S. Supreme Court declines to review a June decision by the TEXAS Supreme Court, which ruled that the SCOTUS’s landmark 2015 decision legalizing same-sex marriage does not fully address the right to marriage benefits...

Business - December 04 2017 | 12-01-2017

CA Supreme Court Upholds Farmers Contract Law The CALIFORNIA Supreme Court upholds a Golden State law allowing farmers to have a labor contract imposed on them if negotiations with a union fail to produce an agreement. The ruling overturned a lower...

Education - December 04 2017 | 12-01-2017

Education In CA The CALIFORNIA Governor’s Office of Planning and Research releases proposed changes to the state’s landmark California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) that would require development projects to estimate the number of miles...

Environment - December 04 2017 | 12-01-2017

WI Gov Signs SB 119 Gov. Scott Walker (R) signs SB 119 , which makes the Badger State one of more than 30 which allow farmers to grow industrial hemp (WMTV [MADISON]).

Health & Science - December 04 2017 | 12-01-2017

Health In MO Health officials in MISSOURI say they will now allow anyone on Medicaid with hepatitis C to receive the medication that cures the disease. The Show Me State had previously said it would not cover the treatment. The reversal led to the...

Business - November 20 2017 | 11-17-2017

MD Adopts Rule Montgomery County, MARYLAND (D) adopts rules making it the first jurisdiction in the Old Line State to adopt a $15-an-hour minimum wage. The new minimum goes into effect in 2021 for businesses with at least 51 employees, with those between...

Education - November 20 2017 | 11-17-2017

MA House and Senate Approve HB 4032 The MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate give final approval to HB 4032 , a bill that would allow Bay State school districts to maintain current English immersion programming or choose an alternative that meets federal...

Environment - November 20 2017 | 11-17-2017

WI Governor Signs AB 455 WISCONSIN Gov. Scott Walker (R) signs AB 455 , which eliminates a state law requiring someone to be at least 10 years old to legally hunt in the Badger State. Walker also signs AB 323 , which makes it legal to hunt or trap...

Health & Science - November 20 2017 | 11-17-2017

NY Governor Signs AB 7006 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 7006 , which adds post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of medical conditions legal to treat with marijuana. The Empire State becomes the 28 th to legalize medicinal weed to treat...

Social Policy - November 20 2017 | 11-17-2017

CA Senate Hires Outside Attorneys The CALIFORNIA Senate announces it will hire outside attorneys for any sexual harassment abuse investigation involving either staff or lawmakers. The Senate has previously required complaints to be made through the...

Business - November 13 2017 | 11-10-2017

ME House Veto HB 1139 The MAINE House upholds Gov. Paul LePage’s (R) veto of HB 1139 , which would have established a regulatory and taxation system for marijuana. LePage said there was still too much uncertainty that federal marijuana policy...

Education - November 13 2017 | 11-10-2017

PA Governor Doesn't Sign HB 178 PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom Wolfe (D) allows HB 178 , which lets school districts cite “economic reasons” as a rationale for furloughing teachers, to become law without his signature. The law also requires...

Environment - November 13 2017 | 11-10-2017

New CA Pesticide Regulation The CALIFORNIA Dept. of Pesticide Regulation issues new rules barring the use of certain pesticides within a quarter mile of schools and day care centers from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the school week. The new regulations...

Health & Science - November 13 2017 | 11-10-2017

WI Assembly Approves AB 501 The WISCONSIN Assembly overwhelmingly approves AB 501 , which would give 2,000 Badger State families who receive food stamps a discount on healthy foods for 10 months in hopes it will encourage them to eat better. It moves...

Social Policy - November 13 2017 | 11-10-2017

MI Senate Approves Bills Senate approves SB 584 , SB 585 and SB 586 , a three-bill package that collectively would allow concealed pistol license holders to obtain an endorsement on their licenses exempting them from “no gun zone” restrictions...

Potpourri - November 13 2017 | 11-10-2017

MA Governor Signs Budget Acting MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Karyn Polito (R) signs budget legislation that includes a provision banning the sale or possession of the so-called “bump stock,” an attachment that allows semiautomatic rifles to fire...

Business - November 6 2017 | 11-03-2017

Pennsylvania Governor Signs HB 271 PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom Wolf (D) signs HB 271 , which legalizes online poker, online table games, online slots, daily fantasy sports and internet lottery sales in the Keystone State. The law also allows 10 of the state’s...

Education - November 6 2017 | 11-03-2017

Wisconsin Senate Approves SB 236 The WISCONSIN Senate approves SB 236 , which would require school districts for the first time to seek competitive bids on contracts of significant dollar value. The measure moves to the Assembly (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL...

Energy - November 6 2017 | 11-03-2017

Vermont Impose Statewide Limits Lawmakers in VERMONT impose new statewide limits on wind power that are meant to prevent sound from disturbing neighbors' health and sleep. The new rules limit noise from large wind projects to 42 dBA during the...

Environment - November 6 2017 | 11-03-2017

Michigan Governor Signs Trio of Bills MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signs a trio of bills that collectively allow electric bicycles on Wolverine State nature trails. The measures are: HB 4781 , which determines which kinds of electric bicycles can...

Health & Science - November 6 2017 | 11-03-2017

New Jersey Department of Health Finalize Rules The NEW JERSEY Department of Health finalizes rules that allow pharmacies without a medical director to apply for a standing prescription to dispense the anti-overdose drug naloxone. The state began allowing...

Social Policy - November 6 2017 | 11-03-2017

Michigan Governor Signs HB 4311 MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signs HB 4311 , which allows surrendering parents’ names to be excluded from the birth certificates of infants surrendered under the state’s Safe Delivery of Newborns Law (MICHIGAN...

Potpourri - November 6 2017 | 11-03-2017

Michigan Governor Signs HB 4508 MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signs HB 4508 , which allows the state to deploy a volunteer team of cybersecurity experts to assist if state agencies are impacted by a cyberattack or a data breach. The volunteer team...

Business - October 23 2017 | 10-20-2017

California Vetoes AB 1209 Citing its “ambiguous” details, CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 1209 , which would have required large companies in California to disclose data on how they’re paying men and women differently (LOS...

Education - October 23 2017 | 10-20-2017

California Vetoes AB 568 Saying such decisions were best left to the collective bargaining process, CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 568 , which would have required schools to give teachers six weeks of paid time off for pregnancy, childbirth...

Environment - October 23 2017 | 10-20-2017

California Signs AB 1158 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 1158 , which requires manufacturers to increase carpet recycling from 11 percent now to 24 percent by 2020 (SACRAMENTO BEE). California Vetoes SB 51 Also in CALIFORNIA , Gov. Brown...

Health & Science - October 23 2017 | 10-20-2017

California Vetoes AB 569 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 569 , which would have barred employers from taking action against an employee for that person’s reproductive health decisions (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE). California...

Immigration - October 23 2017 | 10-20-2017

California Signs SB 31 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 31 , which bars state and local governments from releasing personal information to the federal government for the creation of any religious list, registry or database, or from using state...

Social Policy - October 23 2017 | 10-20-2017

California Signs SB 179 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 179 , which will require the state to offer a gender-neutral option on state documents for those who are transgender, intersex and others who do not identify as male or female (LOS ANGELES...

Potpourri - October 23 2017 | 10-20-2017

California Vetoes SB 649 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes SB 649 , which would have limited the fees local governments could charge telecommunications companies and the discretion those municipalities have in rejecting plans for the placement...

Business - October 16 2017 | 10-13-2017

California Signs SB 20 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 20 , which requires passengers on commercial busses equipped with seat belts to use those safety devices. The law further requires drivers of those busses to inform riders of the law ...