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Education - May 22 2017 | 05-19-2017

Texas Approves SB 7 The TEXAS Senate gives final approval to SB 7 , which would require Lone Star State principals and superintendents to report inappropriate teacher-student relationships or face jail time and fines up to $10,000. It moves to Gov...

Governors In Brief - May 22 2017 | 05-19-2017

Inslee Signs Real ID Bill WASHINGTON Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed a bill last week that will make the Evergreen State the 25 th to comply with the federal Real ID law, which requires states to produce driver’s licenses and identification cards...

Immigration - May 15 2017 | 05-12-2017

Texas Approves SB 1018 The TEXAS Senate approves SB 1018 , legislation that would make it easier for the state to license privately run detention centers as “family residential centers” in order to hold immigrant families in detention centers...

Social Policy - May 8 2017 | 05-04-2017

Nevada Approves Joint Resolution 2 The NEVADA Senate approves Assembly Joint Resolution 2 , a constitutional amendment that would codify recognition of same-sex marriage in the Silver State in the instance the Supreme Court of the United States reverses...

PA Eyeing Online Gambling | 04-28-2017

Facing a $3 billion budget shortfall through next summer, Pennsylvania, the nation’s second biggest commercial casino state after Nevada, is considering a host of gambling expansion ideas, including becoming the first state to take both its casino...

Potpourri - April 3 2017 | 03-31-2017

Nevada Senate Approves SB 370 The NEVADA Senate gives unanimous approval to SB 370 , which makes it illegal to transport hunters, their gear or animals from an airport or heliport unless the facility was established by a government agency and is accessible...

NV Ratifies ERA | 03-31-2017

Last month Nevada made history by becoming the 36th state to ratify the federal Equal Rights Amendment, stipulating that “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”...

Social Policy - March 13 2017 | 03-10-2017

Supreme Court Returns Virgina Case The Supreme Court of the United States returns to a lower court the case of a transgender VIRGINIA boy who was refused the right to use the boys’ restroom at his high school. The SCOTUS returned the case to...

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...

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...

Governors In Brief - November 21 2016 | 11-18-2016

Hickenlooper Pondering Slower Hospital Growth in CO COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) told reporters last week he might propose requiring hospitals seeking to expand to file proof with the state to show there is a need for such growth. At least 35...

Budgets In Brief - November 21 2016 | 11-18-2016

$1.3B Budget Shortfall Expected In CT CONNECTICUT is facing an estimated budget shortfall of $1.3 billion next year, due to a surge in fixed costs, including debt and pension payments. Despite that fact Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) said he is not likely...

Republicans Maintain Statehouse Dominance | 11-11-2016

Going into the Nov. 8 election, Republicans controlled both chambers of the legislature in 30 states, while Democrats controlled both chambers in 12, and 7 statehouses were split between the two parties. (Nebraska’s Legislature is technically nonpartisan...

Budgets In Brief - October 24 2016 | 10-21-2016

NV Approves Raiders’ Stadium Deal NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) signed legislation passed in special session ( SB 1 a ) that will increase the hotel room tax in Clark County to help fund a $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat stadium in Las Vegas. The...

Citizen Initiatives Push Ballot Measures Left This Year | 10-14-2016

In addition to state legislative elections that could flip party control of 18 chambers across the country, 157 statewide ballot measures will also be contested in 35 states on Nov. 8. The measures include an unusually high number of citizen initiatives...

Budgets In Brief - October 10 2016 | 10-07-2016

NV Stadium Special Session NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) has called a special session to consider increasing room taxes in Clark County to finance $750 million of a proposed $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat stadium in Las Vegas - the potential new home of...

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...

Budgets In Brief - September 12 2016 | 09-09-2016

AL Approves $1B BP Settlement Spending Plan ALABAMA lawmakers approved a plan last week to spend most of a $1 billion settlement with BP over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on debt repayments, Medicaid and highway projects in Baldwin and Mobile...

Business - August 15 2016 | 08-12-2016

Business In NJ The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules that a 2014 NEW JERSEY law allowing sports betting at casinos and racetracks violated the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 federal law prohibiting the practice in all...

States Vie For Assets Of Wealthiest Americans | 08-12-2016

A handful of states, including Nevada, Delaware and New Hampshire, are competing to be the onshore haven of choice for the wealth of the nation’s top 1 percent. New Hampshire has passed almost a dozen laws over the past decade aimed at making...

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...

Capital Confusion | 08-05-2016

Speaking of verbal boo boos...let’s give a nice golf clap to Nevada state Republican Party Chairman Michael McDonald. During the state roll call at the July RNC in Cleveland, McDonald referred to Las Vegas as being “the most entertaining capital...

GOP AGs Take Congress To Task On Unfunded Mandates | 08-05-2016

Last month Republican attorneys general of 15 states sent a letter to U.S. House and Senate majority and minority leaders Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), Nancy Pelosi (D-California), Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Harry Reid (D-Nevada) expressing their concern...

States Vary In One Measure of Recession Readiness | 06-17-2016

New Hampshire was the most “service-level solvent” state in fiscal year 2014, meaning it had the most “fiscal slack” to raise taxes or increase spending in an economic downturn, according to a study by the Mercatus Center at George...

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...

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...

Partisan Shifts Possible In Several Statehouses | 04-15-2016

This year’s statehouse elections offer opportunities for both Democrats and Republicans to shift majority control of legislative chambers, according to Tim Storey of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Democrats are eyeing Republican...

Student Debt Varies by State | 04-01-2016

Sixty-nine percent of graduating college seniors nationwide in 2014 had some amount of student loan debt, averaging about $28,950, according to the Institute for College Access & Success. But some states had more 4-year college graduates in more debt...

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...

Majority of States Have Good Samaritan Laws | 03-04-2016

States have enacted numerous laws to combat the epidemic of opioid-related deaths plaguing much of the United States. Most common are so-called “Good Samaritan” laws that generally give a person civil or criminal immunity for seeking help...

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...

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...

Just Plain Stupid | 12-11-2015

And then there is Nevada Assemblymember Michele Fiore. As reported in the Las Vegas Sun , the aspiring Congressional candidate went all Trump-like last week, announcing she would like nothing more than to “fly to Paris and shoot ‘em in the...

Pre-election voting restricted in many states | 09-18-2015

In most states eligible voters can cast their votes before Election Day, either by going to the polls during designated early voting periods or by voting via absentee ballot. But 30 states have no early voting period, although 13 of those states allow...

Budgets In Brief - September 14 2015 | 09-10-2015

Budget-driven Bridge Closures in MO The Missouri Department of Transportation says it doesn’t have money for badly needed bridge repairs around the state. Three bridges have already been shut down since the start of last year, and 641 have been...

Governors In Brief - June 15 2015 | 06-12-2015

Two sitting governors made big announcements about their futures last week: NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) said he will not seek the U.S. Senate seat currently held by the Silver State’s retiring senior U.S. Senator Harry Reid, and VERMONT Gov....

Business - June 8 2015 | 06-05-2015

CA Senate Approves SB 3 The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 3, which would raise the Golden State minimum wage to $11 in $2016 and $13 in 2017. The measure, which would also hike the wage annually based on inflation, moves to the Assembly (LEXISNEXIS...

Crime & Law Enforcement - June 8 2015 | 06-05-2015

CO Signs HB 1043 COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signs HB 1043, legislation that makes a fourth DUI a felony punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine of as much as $500,000. The law takes effect Aug. 5 (CASPER STAR TRIBUNE, LEXISNEXIS...

Sandoval Signs Bevy of Bills, Ponders Congressional Run | 06-05-2015

Coming off a session that saw lawmakers adopt the bulk of his agenda, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) is pondering a run at the U.S. Senate seat currently held by retiring Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada). Sandoval has said many times in the past he has...

Education - June 8 2015 | 06-05-2015

CA Assembly Approves AB 949 & Endorses AB 288 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves AB 949, which would make competitive cheerleading an official interscholastic sport. It moves to the Senate (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). Also in CALIFORNIA , the Assembly...

Budgets In Brief - June 8 2015 | 06-05-2015

NV Omnibus Tax Measure to Provide Education Funding The NEVADA Legislature passed a $1.5 billion omnibus tax measure combining AB 464 and SB 483 that, if signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval (R), will provide $600 million in additional funding for education...

Health & Science - June 8 2015 | 06-05-2015

CA Senate Approves SB 151 The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 151, a bill that would raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. It moves to the Assembly (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 140, a bill that would regulate electronic...

Potpourri - June 8 2015 | 06-05-2015

TX Legislature Approves HB 910 The TEXAS Legislature gives final approval to HB 910, a bill that will allow certain Lone Star State residents to openly carry handguns. Under the measure, someone with a concealed carry gun permit could also openly carry...

Business - June 1 2015 | 05-29-2015

CA Approves SB 358 The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 358, which would bar employers from paying female workers less than men for performing “substantially similar” job duties unless they can show evidence of reasonable differences in training...

Crime & Law Enforcement - June 1 2015 | 05-29-2015

AL Signs Prison Reform Legislation ALABAMA Gov. Robert Bentley (R) signs sweeping prison reform legislation that, among many things, adds hundreds of parole and pardons staff, reduces penalties for technical violations and authorizes the Alabama Law...

Education - June 1 2015 | 05-29-2015

MI Approves HB 4041 The MICHIGAN Senate approves HB 4041, a bill that would end cash assistance for families where a child is considered chronically truant as determined by school district rules. The families would lose about $386 per month in cash...

Health & Science - June 1 2015 | 05-29-2015

TX Approves HB 21 The TEXAS House gives final approval to HB 21, so-called “right-to-try” legislation that would allow terminally ill patients who have exhausted all other treatment options to access experimental medications not yet approved...

Education - May 11 2015 | 05-08-2015

CA Assembly Approves AB 30 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves AB 30, which would bar Golden State schools from using the nickname “Redskins” after the 2016 school year. It moves to the Senate (LEXINEXIS STATE NET). NV Approves SB 504 ...

Health & Science - May 11 2015 | 05-08-2015

LA Approves SB 143 The LOUISIANA Senate approves SB 143, which would legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes in the Pelican State. It moves to the House (TIMES-PICAYUNE [NEW ORLEANS]). TN Signs SB 280 TENNESSEE Gov. Bill Haslam ...

Education - April 20 2015 | 04-17-2015

NV Signs AB 165 NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) signs AB 165, legislation that would give Silver State businesses credit toward their modified business tax bill if they donate to a qualifying scholarship organization. Scholarships would go to students...