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NJ Casinos Get Big Boost From Online Gambling | 06-09-2017

For the last several years, New Jersey casino revenue has been declining by an average of 7.6 percent a year. But through April of this year, total casino gambling revenue was up 1.7 percent over the same period last year. The reason for the change of...

Health & Science - June 5 2017 | 06-02-2017

California Approves SB 562 The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 562 , which would implement a single-payer health care system in the Golden State. It moves to the Assembly (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). California Approves AB 402 The CALIFORNIA Senate...

Crime & Punishment - May 22 2017 | 05-19-2017

California Approves SB 439 The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 439 , which would ensure that counties treat juvenile offenders 11 or younger in the child services system instead of the juvenile courts. It moves to the Assembly (ASSOCIATED PRESS). ...

Snyder Unveils New MI Water Lead Limits | 03-17-2017

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) unveiled a seven-part plan last week to implement strict new statewide water quality standards. Inspired by a significant issue with lead contamination in the water supply for the city of Flint, the new Wolverine State standards...

Snyder Forms MI Pension Task Force | 02-10-2017

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) has created a task force charged with devising a plan for taking on $14 billion in unfunded liabilities for municipal employee pensions and retiree health care. Snyder named 23 people to the group, which is expected to have...

Don’t Let The Bedbugs Bite | 01-20-2017

Government definitely has its share of insect-like participants, but things recently got downright buggy for the folks at the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. As the Detroit Free Press reports , workers there had to be temporarily...

Democrats Shift Focus To States | 01-20-2017

With Republicans emerging from last year’s election in control of the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate and the White House, and congressional redistricting approaching in 2020, Democrats are planning to mount a major effort in state legislative races...

Environment - January 16 2017 | 01-13-2017

Environment in MI MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signs HB 5120 , which requires municipal water systems, upon learning their water has exceeded the federal “action level” for lead, to notify the public within three business days. The previous...

New GOP Majorities Push Dem-Unfriendly Agenda: | 01-13-2017

Republicans won control of a few more governors’ offices and state legislative chambers in November, giving them command of both branches of the government in states where Democrats had previously maintained footholds, including Iowa, Kentucky,...

Business - December 19 2016 | 12-16-2016

Business In CA The CALIFORNIA Supreme Court rules that online travel companies are exempt from paying hotel occupancy taxes. The ruling rejects claims by the city of San Diego that companies like Expedia and Priceline are liable for paying the hotel...

Majority of States Have Expanded Medicaid Under ACA | 12-16-2016

Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid in accordance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but left to states discretion by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius in...

Crime - December 19 2016 | 12-16-2016

Crime In IL Hoping to reduce recidivism, ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signs SB 3368 , which requires the secretary of state's office to issue a standard Illinois ID card to ex-inmates at the time of release. The inmates must present a birth certificate...

Education - December 19 2016 | 12-16-2016

The MICHIGAN House approves a seven-bill package that, among several things, does away with a zero-tolerance policy used by many school districts that opponents claim unfairly leads to too many kids being expelled from Wolverine State schools. The package...

Crime & Punishment - December 12 2016 | 12-09-2016

Crime in Michigan The MICHIGAN House approves SB 291 , which would provide financial compensation and reentry services for people who were wrongly convicted and incarcerated in the Wolverine State. It moves to Gov. Rick Snyder (R) for consideration...

Autonomous Vehicle Laws Accelerating in States | 12-09-2016

Nevada became the first state to authorize the operation of autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles in 2011. In the years since then, seven other states - California, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, North Dakota, Tennessee and Utah - and the District of Columbia...

Business - November 21 2016 | 11-18-2016

Business In Michigan The MICHIGAN Legislature gives final approval to a four-bill package – SBs 995 , 996 , 997 and 998 – that collectively approve testing of autonomous vehicles on a 122-mile stretch of Wolverine State highways. The package...

States Sue To Block Federal Overtime Rule | 09-30-2016

Twenty-one predominantly Republican-governed states have filed a federal lawsuit challenging a new Obama administration rule extending mandatory overtime pay to millions of American workers. The rule, which was finalized in May and takes effect in December...

MI Blocks Flint’s Power To Sue Over Water Crisis | 09-30-2016

Back on March 24, Flint, Michigan mayor Karen Weaver served notice that the city might file a lawsuit against the state over the lead contamination of the city’s water supply. Weaver and other city officials reportedly had no immediate plans to...

Health & Science - October 3 2016 | 09-30-2016

California Signs SB 999 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 999 , a bill that requires public and private health plans to cover and dispense hormonal birth control for up to 12 months (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). California Signs AB 1668 Also...

Straight-Ticket Voting Stands In MI - For Now | 09-16-2016

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-minute request by the state of Michigan to allow its new ban on straight-party voting to be in effect for the November election. The state’s Republican-controlled Legislature passed that ban ( SB 13 ) in December...

Health & Science - September 19 2016 | 09-16-2016

Health In Michigan The MICHIGAN House and Senate approve a package of bills to regulate the medical marijuana industry: HB 4209 , which would impose a 3 percent tax on dispensaries as well as creating a licensing system for growers, dispensaries, patients...

Politics In Brief - August 22 2016 | 08-19-2016

Federal Govt Offers to Help States Guard Against Election Tampering In response to recent allegations from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that the American voting system is open to fraud, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson...

Most States Allow Transportation Network Companies | 08-12-2016

Thirty-seven states have passed laws regulating transportation network companies (TNCs), according to the R Street Institute and LexisNexis State Net’s legislative tracking database. The most recent addition to that group is Delaware, where Gov...

Texas et al Win Challenge To Obama Immigration Policy | 07-15-2016

Twenty-five states joined Texas in challenging President Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy in November 2014, expanding temporary relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants. Fifteen states also filed amicus, or “friend...

Business - July 5 2016 | 07-01-2016

Business In NJ The NEW JERSEY Supreme Court rules that employers may not terminate or discriminate against workers simply for getting divorced or separated from their spouse. The suit stemmed from the case of an employee who was terminated after revealing...

Business - June 13 2016 | 06-10-2016

CA Approves AB 1676 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves AB 1676 , which bars employers from asking job applicants for their salary histories. The measure is now in the Senate (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). PA Gov Signs HB 1690 PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom Wolf...

Majority of States Have Minimum Wage Higher Than Federal Standard | 05-20-2016

As of last month, 29 states had a minimum wage that was higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Two of those states, California and New York, have also passed laws that will gradually...

Governors In Brief - May 23 2016 | 05-20-2016

Hogan Signs Justice, Police Reforms MARYLAND Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed 144 bills last Thursday, including several police and criminal justice reforms. Among the bills was SB 945 , which will require anyone convicted of drunk driving in the Old Line...

Business - May 16 2016 | 05-13-2016

CO Endorses SB 40 The COLORADO Senate endorses SB 40 , a bill that allows non-residents to invest in pot shops starting in 2017 provided at least one controlling owner or investor resides in-state. Current law restricts investors and owners to people...

Snyder Urges Flint Residents to Flush Pipes | 05-13-2016

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) said the state will cover Flint residents’ water bills throughout this month to encourage them to flush out water pipes in an effort to return water quality to normal faster. “The state will cover 100 percent...

Crime & Punishment - May 16 2016 | 05-13-2016

Crime In FL A FLORIDA judge rules the Sunshine State’s death penalty law is unconstitutional because it does not require jurors to reach a unanimous decision on an execution sentence. The state’s current system requires 10 of 12 jurors...

Drone Laws Passed In Over Half of States In Last Few Years | 05-05-2016

Since 2013, 27 states have enacted laws addressing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The laws generally define what UAS or drones are and specify how they can be used by law enforcement...

Potpourri - April 4 2016 | 04-01-2016

Potpourri In NH The NEW HAMPSHIRE House approves HB 602, which would among several things regulate the operation of drones near critical infrastructure, prohibit them from carrying weapons and restrict operation near airports. The measure moves to...

More States Oppose Obama Immigration Policy Than Support | 03-18-2016

Texas and twenty-five other states have filed suit to block President Obama’s executive actions in November shielding undocumented immigrants from deportation for three years, according to the Pew Research Center. Twelve states have filed an amicus...

Governors In Brief - March 21 2016 | 03-18-2016

FEMA Denies More Flint Relief The Federal Emergency Management Agency rejected MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder’s (R) request for more funds to help Flint deal with its contaminated water crisis. FEMA originally denied the request in January. Last week’s...

Few States Focusing On Self-Driving Vehicles | 03-11-2016

Since 2011, when Nevada became the first state to authorize the operation of self-driving cars, five other states -- California, Florida, Michigan, North Dakota and Tennessee -- have enacted legislation, and Arizona’s governor has issued an executive...

Govs Tout Clean Energy, Avoid Climate Change | 02-19-2016

A bipartisan group of 17 governors signed off last week on a pledge to work together toward increasing the use of renewable power, integrating electricity grids across state lines and ramping up the number of alternative fuel cars on their roadways (For...

Governors In Brief - February 22 2016 | 02-19-2016

Snyder Seeks Expanded Medicaid for Flint MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is seeking federal approval to expand Medicaid benefits in the city of Flint to include residents up to 21 years old and pregnant women who have been receiving water from the city’s...

States Still Divesting from Iran | 02-12-2016

Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books prohibiting at least some state pension or retirement funds from investing in companies that do a certain amount of business in Iran. Ten of those states also have laws on the books...

Snyder Proposes $195 Million for Flint | 02-12-2016

Amidst a chorus of boos from protestors, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) unveiled his $54.9 billion FY 2017 budget proposal to lawmakers, a plan that includes $195 million to address the ongoing water contamination crisis in Flint. That funding would be...

Insult to Injury | 02-12-2016

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder may be having the worst month of anyone in politics. As the situation in Flint continues to unfold, Snyder has been working overtime to counter accusations that his administration was at best incompetent and at worst negligent...

One Snyder Recall Petition Cleared for Signatures | 02-12-2016

In baseball terms, folks looking to recall Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) have started out in a deep slump. Last week, the Michigan Board of State Canvassers unanimously approved for circulation a petition seeking to recall Snyder for his 2015 decision...

Snyder Asks for Another $30 Million for Flint | 02-04-2016

Just days after signing legislation to authorize $28 million in relief funds for Flint, embattled Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) said he would ask lawmakers for another $30 million to help residents there pay their water bills. The money would go toward...

States take action on Mental Health First Aid | 02-04-2016

During the 2013-14 legislative year, 14 states enacted bills related to Mental Health First Aid - CPR-like training to help emergency personnel, teachers and others recognize and respond to mental health disorders - according to the National Council for...

Snyder Names Flint Water Panel | 01-29-2016

Engulfed in a scandal that has some observers calling for his resignation, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) appointed a 17-person committee comprised of government officials, health and other experts to implement a long-term plan for fixing Flint’s...

Snyder Activates National Guard in Flint Water Crisis | 01-15-2016

Facing a class action lawsuit, a dozen recall efforts and at least one lawmaker calling for his resignation, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) activated the Wolverine State National Guard last Tuesday to assist in the state’s efforts to manage the ongoing...

‘Gag Order' On Local Govt In MI? | 01-08-2016

The last measure passed by the Michigan Legislature in December began as an uncontroversial 13-page bill that sailed through the Republican-controlled Senate on a unanimous and bi-partisan 38-0 vote. The bill proceeded to be totally revamped in the GOP...

Governors In Brief - January 11 2016 | 01-08-2016

Snyder Kills Straight Ticket Voting Saying “it’s time to choose people over politics,” MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed legislation last week (SB 13) that eliminates straight-ticket voting in the Wolverine State. In a signing...

Politics In Brief - December 21 2015 | 12-18-2015

NM Local Governments Spend Millions Lobbying State Cities, counties, colleges and other public entities in NEW MEXICO spent nearly $7.2 million in 2014 and 2015 lobbying the state and federal government. About two-thirds of that sum, or around $4.8...

Snyder Close to Ending Refugee ‘Pause’ | 12-18-2015

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) said last week that he is close to ending the “pause” he enacted on Syrian refugees being relocated in the Wolverine State. In a radio interview with Michigan Public Radio, Snyder said, “The federal government...