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Helping the Dreamers: The Clock is Ticking | 02-16-2018

States have a vital stake in federal action to rescue the beleaguered program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Instituted by President Barack Obama in 2012 by executive order, DACA has protected from deportation nearly 800,000 young...

Governors in Brief - February 19 2018 | 02-16-2018

ABBOTT PITCHES TIGHTER TX TEACHER SCREENING : Responding to a spike in the number of Lone Star State teachers entering into relationships with students, TEXAS Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has proposed creating a “do not hire” list for educators...

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...

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...

Blockchain Bills Under Consideration in 14 states | 02-09-2018

At least 18 bills dealing with blockchain or distributed ledger technology have been introduced in 11 states so far this year, according to LexisNexis State Net’s legislative tracking system. Another five blockchain-related measures that were introduced...

MT, NY Govs Issue Net Neutrality Orders | 02-02-2018

Responding to the Federal Communications Commission decision to overturn net neutrality rules, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) issued an executive order on Jan 22 barring any internet service provider with a government contract from blocking or charging...

Three States Challenging Federal Tax Overhaul | 02-02-2018

The Democratic governors of Connecticut, New Jersey and New York said last week they intend to file a joint lawsuit challenging the Republican tax overhaul plan signed into law last month. The governors allege that elements of the plan, particularly its...

Cuomo Seeks NY Bail Overhaul | 01-19-2018

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said he will seek to overhaul the Empire State’s bail system that requires defendants accused of nonviolent crimes to post bail in cash or stay locked up in jail. Reform advocates say the system disproportionately...

Some States Act on Gun Control | 01-19-2018

Although there appears to be broad public support for some gun control measures , federal action on any of them seems unlikely in the current political climate. “The possibility of evidence-based firearm laws has become so politically toxic...

Politics in Brief -January 22 2018 | 01-19-2018

GOP BLOCKING EFFORT TO GIVE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS CONTROL OVER CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS: Republicans who control the VIRGINIA Senate have vowed not to allow local governments in the state to decide whether to move or remove Confederate monuments. Democrats...

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...

State Charitable Giving Programs Model for SALT Cap Workaround | 01-12-2018

In response to the $10,000 cap on the federal deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) included in the federal tax overhaul, lawmakers in high-tax states like California are considering allowing taxpayers to make charitable contributions to state funds...

Govs Cry Foul Over FL Drilling Exemption | 01-12-2018

Coastal states reacted with alarm last week when the Trump administration announced it was expanding oil drilling leases in waters previously protected under the Obama administration. But when U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that after a...

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...

Governors in Brief - December 18 2017 | 12-15-2017

Fallin Cracks Down On Sexual Harassment : Saying “Sexual harassment is wrong and cannot be tolerated,” OKLAHOMA Gov. Mary Fallin (R) issued Executive Order 2017-41 last week, which directs state agency heads to take action to ensure workers...

States With Most to Lose by Elimination of SALT Deduction | 12-15-2017

Taxpayers in nine high-income, high-tax states claimed more than 60 percent of the state and local tax (SALT) deductions on federal tax returns nationwide in 2014, according to the Tax Foundation. Seven of those states, which include California, where...

2018: A Year of Living Dangerously | 12-15-2017

The shadow of President Donald Trump and the Republican tax bill will hover over state governing bodies in 2018, a year of midterm elections that Tim Storey, political analyst for the National Conference of State Legislatures, says will be “a referendum...

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...

Governors in Brief - December 11 2017 | 12-08-2017

EDWARDS TO CREATE LA HARASSMENT ASK FORCE : Weeks after his chief of staff resigned amidst sexual harassment allegations, LOUISIANA Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) said he would soon issue an executive order directing executive branch state agencies to review...

Most States Taking Action on Cybersecurity | 12-08-2017

As of Oct. 30 at least 43 states had introduced over 240 bills and resolutions related to cybersecurity this year, according to analysis of LexisNexis State Net data by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Twenty-seven of those states have enacted...

More Familiar Issues Likely to Draw State Lawmakers’ Attention in 2018 | 12-08-2017

As SNCJ ’s Rich Ehisen reported last week, some of the issues likely to receive the most attention from state lawmakers next year are those that are already familiar, such as health care, the opioid epidemic and sexual harassment. Here are several...

CHIP Money Running Out in States | 12-01-2017

At least 11 states will exhaust their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funds before the end of the year, if Congress fails to extend federal funding for the program, according to a survey of state Medicaid officials by the Kaiser Family...

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...

Pension Problems Worsen in Most States | 11-17-2017

As of 2016, the last year for which complete data is available, states had only 71.1 percent of the assets they needed to cover future pension payments to retirees, down from 74.5 percent in 2015. New Jersey was in the worst shape, with a pension funding...

Majority of Ballot Measures Win Passage | 11-10-2017

Voters in seven states considered a total of 22 statewide ballot measures on Nov. 7. Texas voters weighed seven of those measures, the highest number of the seven states. All seven measures passed, which isn’t too unusual in the Lone Star State...

States Preparing for Legal Sports Betting | 11-10-2017

Thirteen states have introduced and three have passed legislation this year dealing with the legalization of sports betting, currently prohibited in all but a handful of states by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) passed by Congress...

Hard to Compete | 11-03-2017

You would think an attempted hijacker who spent years in a mental institution running for mayor of New York City would draw lots of attention. As the New York Post reports , that’s certainly what Aaron Commey – who in 2000 tried to hijack...

Another Slow Year for Ballot Measures | 11-03-2017

On Nov. 7 voters in 7 states will consider a total of 22 statewide ballot measures, bringing the count for the year - with measures on the ballot last month in two states - to 27. That continues a downward trend in the number of measures on the ballot...

Sexual Harassment Prevalent Problem in Statehouses | 11-03-2017

Incidents of sexual harassment or sexual assault involving female state lawmakers, legislative staff or lobbyists have been reported recently in at least 16 states. The legislatures in all of those states have training programs or policies in place to...

Many States ‘Substantially Unprepared’ For Next Recession | 10-20-2017

With over eight years having passed since the end of the Great Recession, the third longest period of economic expansion in U.S. history, the next downturn could come at any time. But many states aren’t well prepared for it, according to a report...

Budgets In Brief - October 16 2017 | 10-13-2017

NY NEEDS $27B FOR BRIDGE REPAIRS NEW YORK state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli (D) said the state needs $27 billion to repair hundreds of locally owned bridges in the state. Nearly 13 percent of the roughly 8,500 bridges owned by local governments are...

Will Massive Equifax Breach Spur State Regulation? | 10-13-2017

The unauthorized accessing of sensitive financial and personal information about 145.5 million consumers at Equifax, which the company made public last month , has prompted numerous lawsuits , congressional hearings , and investigations by federal agencies...

Congressional Republicans Reconsidering Scrapping State And Local Tax Deduction | 10-06-2017

The tax overhaul outlined by President Trump and GOP congressional leaders last month proposed doing away with the federal tax deduction for state and local tax payments to help offset the business and individual tax cuts included in the plan. But congressional...

Health & Science - September 18 2017 | 09-15-2017

California Signs SB 17 The CALIFORNIA Senate gives final passage to a measure ( SB 17 ) requiring drug makers to give a public explanation for some price increases. The bill, believed to be the first in the nation to require such transparency in pharmaceutical...

New Strategy For Public Election Financing | 09-01-2017

The hope that public financing of elections might eventually get big private money out of politics ended with the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission , eliminating limits on political spending by...

Business - August 21 2017 | 08-18-2017

Business In Nevada Faced with overwhelming demand and limited supply, the NEVADA Department of Taxation votes to begin issuing marijuana distribution licenses to businesses other than liquor wholesalers. The ballot measure endorsed last November by...

Crime & Punishment - August 21 2017 | 08-18-2017

Crime In Florida A FLORIDA court rules that lawmakers overstepped their authority when they endorsed legislation broadening the Sunshine State’s “stand your ground” law that allows residents to use lethal force in self-defense. Miami...

Health & Science - August 21 2017 | 08-18-2017

Health In The U.S. The Trump administration announces it will continue to make reimbursement payments to health insurance companies to help subsidize insurance co-payments and deductibles for low-income and moderate-income Americans who buy health...

Governors In Brief - August 21 2017 | 08-18-2017

LEPAGE GETS RIGHT-TO-WORK AGREEMENT IN ME MAINE Gov. Paul LePage (R) reached an agreement with the Pine Tree State’s largest public employee union that, if endorsed by members, would eliminate mandatory union fees for workers in jobs represented...

‘Symbolic’ State Travel Bans Have Real Cost | 08-18-2017

Six states - California, Connecticut, Minnesota, New York, Vermont and Washington - recently banned nonessential travel by public employees to states that have passed laws that officials in the six states say discriminate against the LGBT community. All...

Not Funny, Man | 08-11-2017

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo might want to stick to governing and leave the jokes to the professionals. As the Associated Press reports , Cuomo was in Hudson a few weeks ago to announce the city had been awarded $10 million in a state-sponsored downtown...

Governors In Brief - August 14 2017 | 08-11-2017

CUOMO GIVES NY COLLEGES MILLIONS FOR PRISON EDUCATION NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has awarded $7 million in grants to colleges around the Empire State to offer courses to prisoners. Cuomo initially proposed the grants in 2014, but backed off in...

Stop Bugging Me | 08-04-2017

In most places bug spray is as much a part of summer as barbecues and swimming pools. Alas, not so in upstate New York, where kids attending woodland summer camps need a doctor’s note to be able to spray themselves with something to keep the skeeters...

Crime & Punishment - August 7 2017 | 08-04-2017

New York Signs AB 2806 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 2806 , which adds the act of animal fighting to offenses which allow authorities to obtain an eavesdropping or video surveillance warrant (LONGISLAND.COM). North Carolina Signs HB 128...

Education - August 7 2017 | 08-04-2017

New York Signs AB 611 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 611 , which bans the use of electronic cigarettes and tobacco products on Empire State public school grounds. The law also prohibits e-cigarette use on buses and other vehicles that transport...

Governors In Brief - July 3 2017 | 06-30-2017

Cuomo, NY Lawmakers Reach ‘Buy American’ Deal After previous failures, NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has reached a deal with Empire State legislative leaders on a bill that would require that certain state agencies require the use of American...

Business - June 19 2017 | 06-16-2017

New York Approves SB 3898 The NEW YORK Senate approves SB 3898 , which would legalize online poker in the Empire State. It moves to the Assembly (NEWSDAY). Nevada Signs SB 344 NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) signs SB 344 , which requires edible...

Governors In Brief - June 19 2017 | 06-16-2017

Scott Creates First VT Ethics Commission VERMONT Gov. Phil Scott (R) signed legislation last week that will create a five-member commission to review cases of unethical behavior and potentially forward appropriate cases to the attorney general’s...

Health Insurers Question Cuomo NY Medicaid Ban | 06-09-2017

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said any health insurer pulling out of the Empire State health benefits exchange would be barred from participating in the state’s Medicaid and child health programs. But while hospitals and health advocacy groups...

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...