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Business - May 21 2018 | 05-18-2018

Supreme Court Overturns Sports Betting Law The Supreme Court of the United States overturns a federal law that barred states from authorizing sports betting. The ruling came in the case of Murphy v. NCAA. (For more, see Budget & Taxes in this issue...

Education - May 21 2018 | 05-18-2018

MD Governor Signs HB 251 MARYLAND Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signs HB 251 , which requires local school systems to offer age-appropriate instruction on the meaning of consent in sex education curriculum for middle-school and high-school students (LEXISNEXIS...

Environment - May 21 2018 | 05-18-2018

MD Governor Signs HB 1456 MARYLAND Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signs HB 1456 , which establishes offshore drilling as an abnormally dangerous activity and holds the party responsible for a spill liable for damages for any injury, death, or loss to person...

Health & Science - May 21 2018 | 05-18-2018

MA House Approves HB 4486 The MASSACHUSETTS House approves HB 4486 , legislation that would raise the Bay State smoking age to 21. It is now in the Senate (BOSTON GLOBE). IA Governor Signs HF 2377 IOWA Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) signs HF 2377 , a...

Immigration - May 21 2018 | 05-18-2018

CA Governor Signs SB 785 Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 785 , which prevents lawyers from revealing the immigration status of crime victims and witnesses in open court unless a judge rules the information relevant to the case (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET)...

Social Policy - May 21 2018 | 05-18-2018

MI Senate Approves SB 741 The MICHIGAN Senate approves SB 741 , which would bar local governments from banning the ownership of certain dog breeds. The bill, which would nullify all current bans and bar municipalities from imposing new ones, moves...

The Local Front - May 21 2018 | 05-18-2018

CA Federal Judge Strikes Down A federal judge in CALIFORNIA strikes down a ban on shipping coal through the Port of OAKLAND . U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said the City Council did not have enough evidence that the coal operations would pose...

Business - May 14 2018 | 05-11-2018

VT Senate Approves HB 196 The VERMONT Senate approves HB 196 , which would grant workers up to 12 weeks of paid leave a year. The bill, which would ensure employees are paid 70 percent of their wages for a maximum of 12 weeks of combined parental leave...

Education - May 14 2018 | 05-11-2018

Going On In MA The MASSACHUSETTS Supreme Judicial Court rules that professors and staff at Bay State colleges can be sued for failing to act after learning a student was considering suicide. The decision came in a suit over the death of a Massachusetts...

Energy - May 14 2018 | 05-11-2018

CT House and Senate Endorse SB 9 The CONNECTICUT House and Senate endorse SB 9 , a bill that would double the amount of renewable energy that Constitution State utilities will be required to purchase over the next decade, from 20 percent in 2020 to...

Environment - May 14 2018 | 05-11-2018

CT Senate Approves SB 7 The CONNECTICUT Senate approves SB 7 , a bill that would adopt a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 45 percent below 2001 levels by 2030. The measure would also update statutory references to sea level rise to reflect...

Health & Science - May 14 2018 | 05-11-2018

NH House Approves SB 313 The NEW HAMPSHIRE House approves SB 313 , which would expand Medicaid eligibility to cover an additional 50,000 residents. It has returned to the Senate (UNION LEADER [MANCHESTER]). CO House Approves HB 1436 The COLORADO...

Social Policy - May 14 2018 | 05-11-2018

IA Governor Signs SF 359 As expected, IOWA Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) signs SF 359 , which would bar abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, often as early as the sixth week of pregnancy. The law’s supporters say their intention is to...

Potpourri - May 14 2018 | 05-11-2018

GA Governor Signs SB 402 GEORGIA Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signs SB 402 , which begins a state process to bring high speed Internet lines to rural areas of the Peach State. The law allows for internet lines in public rights of way along state and limited...

The Local Front - May 14 2018 | 05-11-2018

CO City Council Endorses The DENVER City Council unanimously endorses new rules that, among several things, require so-called “slot homes” – town homes that face sideways, allowing developers to fit more units on the property –...

Business - May 7 2018 | 05-04-2018

CA Supreme Court The CALIFORNIA Supreme Court rules that businesses seeking to declare a worker an independent contractor must be able to prove that the worker is independent of control and direction from the employer, performs work that is outside...

Education - May 7 2018 | 05-04-2018

MA Supreme Judicial Court The MASSACHUSETTS Supreme Judicial Court upholds a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the legality of the Bay State’s charter school cap. The suit argued that caps on charters were arbitrary and denied...

Environment - May 7 2018 | 05-04-2018

US Environmental Protection Agency Declares The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declares portions of seven UTAH counties to be in violation of national standards for ozone, an airborne pollutant that is particularly harmful to children. The EPA...

Health & Science - May 7 2018 | 05-04-2018

DE Governor Signs HB 302 DELAWARE Gov. John Carney (D) signs Substitute 1 for HB 302 , a bill that allows police to temporarily seize firearms from someone whom a mental health professional deems a danger to themselves or others. The measure takes...

Immigration - May 7 2018 | 05-04-2018

TN Senate Approves HB 2315 The TENNESSEE House and Senate approve HB 2315 , which would bar local municipalities from declaring themselves to be so-called “sanctuary cities,” which discourage or prevent authorities from cooperating with...

Social Policy - May 7 2018 | 05-04-2018

IN Circuit Court of Appeals The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a district court ruling striking down an INDIANA law that barred abortions performed because the fetus was determined to have a developmental or physical disability. Judge William...

The Local Front - May 7 2018 | 05-04-2018

CA Board Announces Plan LOCAL FRONT : The LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA County Board of Supervisors announces a plan to install showers and bathrooms for the homeless to use in or near some of the city’s 93 metro train stations. A final plan is expected...

Business - April 23 2018 | 04-20-2018

CA Senate Rejects SB 827 The CALIFORNIA Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing rejects SB 827 , which would have forced cities to allow taller, denser development around public transit (CAL MATTERS [SACRAMENTO]). WI Governor Signs AB 771...

Education - April 23 2018 | 04-20-2018

IL House Approves HB 4870 The ILLINOIS House approves HB 4870 , a bill that allows infused medical marijuana to be administered to students by parents in Prairie State elementary and secondary schools. It moves to the Senate (ABC7CHICAGO). IA Governor...

Environment - April 23 2018 | 04-20-2018

LA House Signs HB 391 The LOUISIANA House rejects HB 391 , which would have opened up closed waters for public access and navigation (ADVOCATE [BATON ROUGE]).

Health & Science - April 23 2018 | 04-20-2018

Going On In MD A federal appeals court strikes down MARYLAND’s first-in-the-nation prescription drug price gouging law. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit said in a 2-to-1 ruling that the 2017 law violates the commerce clause of...

Immigration - April 23 2018 | 04-20-2018

TN House Approves HB 2312 The TENNESSEE House approves HB 2312 , which would ban state and local officials from accepting consular IDs to establish identity. The measure, which would also prohibit officials from accepting locally issued forms of identification...

Social Policy - April 23 2018 | 04-20-2018

PA House Approves HB 2050 The PENNSYLVANIA House approves HB 2050 , which would make it a crime for doctors to perform an abortion based on the belief the expected child is likely to have Down syndrome. It moves to the Senate (PENNLIVE). PA House...

The Local Front - April 23 2018 | 04-20-2018

CA City Council Approves The LOS ANGELES City Council unanimously approves and ordinance requiring companies that are seeking to do business with the city or have city contracts to reveal whether they are helping to build a wall along the Mexican border...

Business - April 16 2018 | 04-13-2018

TN House Rejects SB 1086 The TENNESSEE House rejects SB 1086 , a Senate-endorsed bill that would strip local municipalities of the ability to ban short term rentals like Airbnb and VRBO. The measure is expected to go to a joint conference committee...

Education - April 16 2018 | 04-13-2018

LA Senate Approves SB 178 The LOUISIANA Senate approves SB 178 , which would allow Pelican State students to wear bulletproof backpacks on school grounds. It is now in the House (FOX8LIVE.COM [NEW ORLEANS]). IL Governor Signs SB 863 ILLINOIS...

Environment - April 16 2018 | 04-13-2018

VA Governor Vetoes HB 1270 VIRGINIA Gov. Ralph Northam (D) vetoes HB 1270 , a bill that requires legislative approval before the Old Dominion can participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program among Northeastern and...

Health & Science - April 16 2018 | 04-13-2018

AK House Approves HB 25 The ALASKA House approves HB 25 , which would require insurance companies and Medicaid to provide coverage for prescription contraceptives and medical services needed for any devices. It moves to the Senate (KTVA [ANCHORAGE...

Immigration - April 16 2018 | 04-13-2018

AZ Supreme Court Rules The ARIZONA Supreme Court rules that public colleges and universities are not legally able to offer in-state tuition rates to immigrants covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The ruling upholds...

Social Policy - April 16 2018 | 04-13-2018

AZ House Approves SB 1394 The ARIZONA House approves SB 1394 , a bill that would require Grand Canyon State hospitals and clinics to ask patients the reason they are seeking an abortion. The measure returns to the Senate (ARIZONA CAPITOL TIMES [PHOENIX...

The Local Front - April 16 2018 | 04-13-2018

Going On In MI The MICHIGAN Department of Environmental Quality closes the final four bottled water distribution centers in the city of FLINT . State officials said testing showed Flint's water quality had remained below federal action levels for...

Business - April 9 2018 | 04-05-2018

VT Legislature Endorses SB 55 The VERMONT Legislature endorses SB 55 , legislation that would raise the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21, limit the capacity of gun magazines that retailers may sell, ban bump stocks – devices that allow semiautomatic...

Education - April 9 2018 | 04-05-2018

LA House Endorses HB 78 The LOUISIANA House unanimously endorses HB 78 , which would ban hazing at Pelican State schools and universities. Individual violators would face felony charges, while schools, fraternities and other organizations could be...

Health & Science - April 9 2018 | 04-05-2018

IA Governor Signs SF 2349 IOWA Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) signs SF 2349 , which allows health insurers Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield to partner with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation to sell policies defined as not technically being health insurance...

Social Policy - April 9 2018 | 04-05-2018

HI Senate Approves HB 2739 The HAWAII Senate gives final approval to HB 2739 , a bill that would allow Aloha State doctors to help terminally ill patients to end their own lives. It is now with Gov. David Ige (D), who has said he will sign it into...

The Local Front - April 9 2018 | 04-05-2018

WA City Council Votes The SEATTLE City Council votes to expand the areas within the Emerald City where developers can build housing without off-street parking and permit landlords to rent their parking spaces to people who don’t live in the building...

Business - April 2 2018 | 03-30-2018

SD Governor Signs SB 62 SOUTH DAKOTA Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) signs SB 62 , which among several things requires businesses and other data holders to notify consumers of a breach within 45 days of being informed of the breach occurring. The law leaves...

Education - April 2 2018 | 03-30-2018

WA Governor Signs SB 5064 WASHINGTON Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signs SB 5064 , which bars school administrators from censoring the work of student journalists. The measure goes into effect in June (SEATTLE TIMES). IDAHO Gov. Butch Otter (R) signs HB...

Energy - April 2 2018 | 03-30-2018

CO Governor Signs SB 9 COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signs SB 9 , which allows Centennial State residents to store energy gleaned from renewable sources like solar power without discrimination in rates or excessive barriers in connecting to the...

Health & Science - April 2 2018 | 03-30-2018

IA Senate Approves SF 2349 The IOWA Senate gives final approval to SF 2349 , which would allow insurance carriers to resume selling small-employer policies that don’t meet Affordable Care Act rules, such as those requiring coverage for maternity...

Social Policy - April 2 2018 | 03-30-2018

MS Federal Court Blocks HS 1510 A federal court temporarily blocks HB 1510 , a bill signed into law by MISSISSIPPPI Gov. Phil Bryant (R) that would bar Magnolia State doctors from performing abortions after a woman’s 15 th week of pregnancy....

The Local Front - April 2 2018 | 03-30-2018

CA City Council Adopts Ordinance The city of LOS ALAMOS, CALIFORNIA adopts an ordinance exempting itself from the Golden State’s so-called “sanctuary state” law that restricts local law enforcement’s cooperation with federal...

Business - March 19 2018 | 03-16-2018

NY Senate Signs SB 7848 The NEW YORK Senate approves SB 7848 , which would write into law a firm definition of sexual harassment that applies to both government and the private sector, ban secret settlements of harassment cases unless the accuser requested...

Education - March 19 2018 | 03-16-2018

FL Governor Signs HB 7055 FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott signs HB 7055 , which will create a new voucher to pay for private school tuition for Sunshine State students who are bullied. The bill also creates a scholarship to pay for tutors for kids who fail...

Environment - March 19 2018 | 03-16-2018

Environment In CA A federal court rules that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must move ahead to carry out the 2015 Ozone Standards and designate areas in the country that do not meet them. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District...