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CalExited To Russia | 04-28-2017

Those darned Russians are everywhere! Case in point comes from California, where a group pushing to have the state secede from the rest of the nation has abandoned its quest after its leader bailed out and moved to a city on the edge of Siberia. Or should...

Health & Science - May 1 2017 | 04-28-2017

Health In Texas And Arizona The U.S. Food and Drug Administration rules that states may not import drugs used for lethal injection. The agency said the drugs states like TEXAS and ARIZONA were seeking to bring in were unapproved and misbranded (TEXAS...

Budgets In Brief - May 1 2017 | 04-28-2017

AK HOUSE PASSES INCOME TAX ALASKA’s House, run by a coalition of 17 Democrats, three Republicans and two independents, passed a bill ( HB 115 ) that would institute an income tax on the state’s highest earners as part of a plan to address...

NY Lawmakers Approve Free College Tuition | 04-14-2017

Middle-class families across New York state received a generous gift from lawmakers this month. Included in the $153 billion state budget they passed last Sunday is a first-of-its-kind in the nation program, called the Excelsior Scholarship , proposed...

Some States Pulling Plug On Electric Car Incentives | 04-14-2017

States have been offering tax credits and other financial incentives for the purchase of electric and hybrid vehicles since the 1990s. But at least seven states have recently repealed or exhausted the funding of their programs, or allowed the programs...

States Resort To Rural Job ‘Schemes’ | 04-07-2017

The same distress over the disappearance of jobs in rural communities that helped drive the successful presidential campaign of Donald Trump is leading some states to turn to a complex economic development approach that hasn’t lived up to its advocates’...

Budgets In Brief - April 10 2017 | 04-07-2017

NY PASSES BUDGET EXTENSION NEW YORK lawmakers approved a budget extension that will keep the state government operating through the next fiscal year as well as provide nearly $1.8 billion for economic development projects favored by Gov. Andrew Cuomo...

Education - March 20 2017 | 03-17-2017

Kentucky Approves SB 159 The KENTUCKY House approves SB 159 , which would require Bluegrass State high school students to pass a version of the civics test that the U.S. government gives to immigrants when they apply to become citizens. It returns...

Cuomo Blocks NYC Plastic Bag Ordinance | 02-17-2017

Saying he wants to work with lawmakers to pass a statewide law, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed legislation that blocks a New York City ordinance that would have imposed a 5-cent fee on plastic bags used by retailers in the Big Apple. Cuomo said...

New York And Florida Agencies Top Cybersecurity Rankings | 02-10-2017

The New York State Education Department, Florida Governor and Wisconsin Government were the state entities with the strongest cybersecurity standards of 600 local, state and federal government organizations analyzed and ranked in February 2016 by the...

Cuomo Wants To Make Abortion Constitutional Right | 02-03-2017

Hedging against a possible overturn of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced he will seek to codify abortion rights into the Empire State constitution. “We will not allow the progress of...

Business - January 16 2017 | 01-13-2017

Business in KY KENTUCKY Gov. Matt Bevin (R) signs a trio of anti-labor measures: HB 1 , so-called “right-to-work” legislation that bars union membership as a requirement for employment; SB 6 , which requires workers to “opt in”...

Cuomo Pitches Free Tuition, Statehouse Ethics: | 01-13-2017

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) chose a highly unorthodox format for his annual State of the State address this year: forsaking a speech made to lawmakers in favor of a weeklong statewide tour in which he presented his agenda to audiences in six different...

Handful of Democrat-Led States to Oppose Trump Policies | 01-13-2017

California and New York are “emerging as the East and West Coast headquarters” of the Democratic resistance to immigration and other policies proposed by Republican President-elect Donald Trump that are opposed by progressives, according to...

NY Gov Not Ruling Out Extending ‘Millionaires’ Tax’: | 12-16-2016

After months of not talking about taxes, other than to brag in speeches about lowering them on residents’ incomes during his six years in office, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said last week he was open to the idea of extending the state’s...

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...

Business - December 5 2016 | 12-02-2016

Massachusetts Approves SB 2473 The MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate each gives final approval to SB 2473 , which would impose new safety requirements on so-called “duck boats,” amphibious sight-seeing vehicles commonly used for tourist excursions...

Cuomo Sets Up NY Hate Crime Unit | 12-02-2016

Responding to an uptick in hate crimes since the Nov. 8 election, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) recently announced the creation of a special State Police unit to combat those incidents. The governor also announced a legislative effort to expand the Empire...

Crime & Punishment - December 5 2016 | 12-02-2016

New York Approves SB 8117 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo approves SB 8117 , which requires that sexual offense evidence, or rape kits, are processed in a timely manner. The law also requires kits to be tracked from the originating police agency to forensic...

Environment - December 5 2016 | 12-02-2016

New York Signs AB 10264 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 10264 , a measure to establish a state ocean acidification task force, which will be tasked with identifying root causes contributing to acidification in the Empire State’s ocean...

Health & Science - December 5 2016 | 12-02-2016

New York Signs AB 10448 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 10448 , which allows Empire State pharmacies to electronically transfer prescriptions to other pharmacies (ALBANY TIMES-UNION). New York Signs AB 5903A Also in NEW YORK , Gov. Cuomo...

Cuomo Revives NYC Affordable Housing Program | 11-18-2016

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is taking another shot at reviving a program to build affordable apartment housing for low income New York City residents. The deal Cuomo brokered between the 100,000 member Building and Construction Trades Council...

No Raise For You! | 11-18-2016

Speaking of moral dilemmas, New York lawmakers can forget about getting a pay raise any time soon. As the New York Times reports, the state commission on such matters has declined to endorse a proposal to give Empire State pols their first pay hike in...

Environment - November 7 2016 | 11-04-2016

Environment In New York NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announces the finalization of more stringent emission limits for diesel generators and natural gas-fired engines commonly used to supply backup power in large buildings like hospitals and offices...

Stay Classy, Part II | 10-21-2016

If you believed this awful campaign season couldn’t get any worse, I have news for you – it can always be worse. Earlier this year an activist artist group began placing statues of a bloated, naked Donald Trump in New York City. Now, as the...

Cuomo Pushes New NY Parole Regulations | 10-21-2016

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) proposed new regulations that would require parole boards to consider both an inmate’s personal needs as well as his or her risk to the public before being released. “Confidence in the criminal justice...

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...

Potpourri - October 3 2016 | 09-30-2016

California Signs AB 797 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 797 , which exempts citizens from criminal or civil liability for breaking the window of a vehicle to rescue an animal left in hot or freezing conditions (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S...

Gov. Cuomo Issues Cybersecurity Rules For NY Banks | 09-16-2016

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) proposed new cybersecurity regulations last week that Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) called the first of their kind in the nation. Cuomo said the rules would apply only to institutions overseen by NYDFS...

Education - September 12 2016 | 09-09-2016

New York Signs AB 10740 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 10740 , which makes the Empire State the first to require all schools to test their drinking water for lead contamination, with results reported to parents and state and local officials...

Social Policy - September 12 2016 | 09-09-2016

New Jersey Signs SB 1266 NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs SB 1266 , which allows any Garden State municipality to operate its own needle exchange program (NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR’S OFFICE). Social Policy In New York NEW YORK Attorney...

Cuomo Jumps The Shark | 09-02-2016

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a good fish tail to tell this week. Or he did until he made the mistake of talking about it on social media. As AOL News reports , the governor and his brother Chris, an anchor with CNN, went fishing last weekend off of...

Public Pension Return Rates Lagging In States | 08-19-2016

Investment returns for large public pension plans in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015 were significantly lower than the plans’ assumed rates of return, according to money management news source Pensions & Investments . The one-year return...

Potpourri - August 22 2016 | 08-19-2016

California Approves SB 1062 The CALIFORNIA Senate gives final approval to SB 1062 , which would ban the use of bull hooks, baseball bats and other instruments meant to cause pain in the training of elephants. Violators face fines up to $10,000. The...

Value Of $1 Relative In States | 08-12-2016

The value of a dollar varies by 30 percent between some states, according to the Regional Price Parities (RPPs) - measures of how much the price of goods and services in states and metropolitan areas differs from the national average in a given year ...

Business - August 8 2016 | 08-05-2016

The MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate endorse HB 4570 , legislation that would establish a 20-cent-per-ride surcharge on ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft. The measure, which also requires the companies to perform background checks on drivers they...

NY Gov. Cuomo Says No Pokémon Go for Sex Offenders | 08-05-2016

Citing concerns that sex offenders could use the Pokémon Go craze to lure children, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) ordered state corrections and parole officials to take steps to restrict the state’s 3,000 registered offenders under community...

States Starting To Bet On Daily Fantasy Sports | 08-05-2016

Seven states - Colorado, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Tennessee, and Virginia - have passed laws this year aimed specifically at legalizing daily fantasy sports (DFS) games on sites like DraftKings and FanDuel. In addition, Kansas enacted...

Daily Fantasy Sports Industry Has Some Successes, Momentum | 08-05-2016

The daily fantasy sports industry had a few wins this spring in its first full year of pushing to make its games explicitly legal across the country. And while the question of whether the games are legal remains unclear in much of the nation, and their...

Governors In Brief - August 8 2016 | 08-05-2016

Cuomo Enlists Subway to Fight Zika NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said subway workers in New York City will help the state fight the spread of the Zika virus by dropping mosquito-killing larvicide tablets into puddles of stagnant water between rail...

Business - August 1 2016 | 07-29-2016

House and Senate Reach Final Agreement on MA SB 2119 The MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate reach final agreement on SB 2119 , gender pay equity legislation which requires men and women to be paid the same for similar work. The measure, which also bars...

Some States More Prepared Than Others For Public Health Threat | 07-29-2016

States are not equally prepared for a public health threat like the Zika virus, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2016 National Health Security Preparedness Index. That Index, which is based on over 100 different measures, including...

Health & Science - August 1 2016 | 07-29-2016

New York Signs AB 3461 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 3461 , which requires a court order appointing a guardian to oversee the care of an incapacitated person to identify all individuals who are entitled to notice of a person's death,...

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...

Cuomo Jobs Initiative Creates Just 408 Jobs | 07-08-2016

When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) introduced his “Start-Up New York” jobs initiative in 2013, he promised it would “supercharge” the Empire State Economy and create 4,100 new jobs by 2020. But in spite of the state spending tens...

Little Correlation Between Gun Laws and Worst Mass Shootings | 07-08-2016

Three of the eight states where the deadliest mass shootings since 1984 have occurred - California, Connecticut and New York - are among those with the strictest gun laws, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. None of those shootings took...

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...

Politics In Brief - June 20 2016 | 06-17-2016

KS GOP Urges Public to Lobby Supreme Court on School Funding The KANSAS House Republican Campaign Committee has taken out billboard-style ads urging citizens to call the state Supreme Court and urge it not to close the state’s schools. The court...

Governors In Brief - June 20 2016 | 06-17-2016

Gov. Cuomo, Lawmakers Reach Cancer Screening Deal NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and lawmakers reached a deal before the end of session last week to expand access to breast cancer screening by ordering Empire State hospitals to expand hours when mammograms...

Obamacare premium increases to vary widely across states in 2017 | 06-10-2016

Premium increases for the most popular category of health insurance plans under Obamacare will vary widely in 2017, based on analysis of proposed rate filings for eight states where complete data is available by Avalere Health. The average proposed rate...