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Business - February 12 2019 | 02-16-2018

WA Senate Approves SB 5407 and House Approves HB 2578 The WASHINGTON Senate approves SB 5407 , which would bar Evergreen State landlords from discriminating against tenants who use government vouchers to pay for all or part of their rent. The House...

Environment - February 19 2018 | 02-16-2018

Going On In AL ALABAMA officials announce they are banning the importation of deer carcasses from MISSISSIPPI to stop the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, a neurological disease which affects deer, moose and elk and is always fatal (ASSOCIATED PRESS...

Health & Science - February 19 2018 | 02-16-2018

OR House Approves HJR 203 The OREGON House approves HJR 203 , which would change the state constitution to ensure every citizen has the right to affordable health care. The measure moves to the Senate. If approved there it would need to be approved...

Immigration - February 19 2018 | 02-16-2018

NY Judge Issues Injunction A federal judge in NEW YORK issues an injunction ordering the Trump administration to continue the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which defers deportation actions on unauthorized immigrants who were...

Social Policy - February 19 2018 | 02-16-2018

TN House Approves HB 108 The TENNESSEE House approves HB 108 , which would require doctors who perform abortions to provide women with an ultrasound prior to having the procedure. It moves to the Senate (TENNESSEAN [NASHVILLE]). MD Governor Signs...

The Local Front - February 19 2018 | 02-16-2018

CA City Council Votes The BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA City Council unanimously votes to become the nation’s first sanctuary city for adult recreational marijuana use. The ordinance bars city agencies and employees from turning over information on legal...

Business - February 12 2018 | 02-09-2018

Happening In CO The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City conditionally grants a master account to The Fourth Corner Credit Union, a COLORADO credit union created to exclusively serve the legal marijuana industry. The approval lists a number of conditions...

Education - February 12 2018 | 02-09-2018

NY Assembly Endorses AB 9605 The NEW YORK Assembly endorses AB 9605 , legislation that allows unauthorized immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at Empire State colleges and universities, and be eligible for receiving tuition aid. It is the eighth...

Environment - February 12 2018 | 02-09-2018

SC House Approves HB 3529 The SOUTH CAROLINA House approves HB 3529 , a bill that would bar local municipalities from enacting bans on the use of plastic bags. It moves to the Senate [POST & COURIER [CHARLESTON]).

Health & Science - February 12 2018 | 02-09-2018

NM House Approves House Memorial 9 The NEW MEXICO House approves House Memorial 9 , a measure that would authorize a study on allowing residents to buy in to the state Medicaid system. The measure moves to the Senate (U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT)...

Social Policy - February 12 2018 | 02-09-2018

GA Senate Approves HB 159 The GEORGIA Senate approves HB 159 , which among several things shortens the time allowed for a birth mother to change her mind after giving up her child, allows adoptive parents to reimburse birth mothers’ living expenses...

Potpourri - February 12 2018 | 02-09-2018

VA Senate Approves SB 168 The VIRGINIA Senate approves SB 168 , legislation that allows Old Dominion prosecutors the option to charge minors who share nude or sexually explicit photos via a cell phone, or “sexting,” as a misdemeanor rather...

The Local Front - February 12 2018 | 02-09-2018

CA Court Rules A CALIFORNIA court rules that a BAKERSFIELD baker was within her rights to refuse to make a cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony. Superior Court Judge David R. Lampe called wedding cakes “artistic expression,” making it exempt...

Business - February 5 2018 | 02-02-2018

CA Senate Approves SB 460 The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 460 , net neutrality legislation that would bar broadband providers from blocking or limiting access to the Internet. The measure moves to the Assembly (LOS ANGELES TIMES). CA Senate Rejects...

Education - February 5 2018 | 02-02-2018

CA Senate SB 320 The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 320 , which would make the Golden State the first to require public universities to offer medication abortion. The law would take effect in 2022, with startup finding provided by private donors. The...

Environment - February 5 2018 | 02-02-2018

CA Assembly Approves AB 1097 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves AB 1097 , which would ban smoking at all of the state’s public parks and beaches. It moves to the Senate (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). CA Assembly Approves AB 319 The CALIFORNIA ,...

Health & Science - February 5 2018 | 02-02-2018

IN House Approves HB 1137 and HB 1214 The INDIANA House unanimously approves HB 1137 , which codifies that hemp and its related products, like CBD oil or cannabidiol, are not marijuana and therefore are not regulated by the state’s drug laws...

Social Policy - February 5 2018 | 02-02-2018

MD Senate Approves SB 2 and HB 1 The MARYLAND Senate approves SB 2 , a bill that would eliminate parental rights of rapists over children conceived through rape. The House approves its own version ( HB 1 ) a day later. The two chambers must now approve...

The Local Front - February 5 2018 | 02-02-2018

CA City Council Approves The LOS ANGELES City Council approves a motion to ask Golden State lawmakers to change the way the state defines “grave disability” in order to give officials more power to forcibly treat mentally ill homeless people...

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...