New York

Governors In Brief - May 9 2016 | 05-05-2016

Markell Announces DE Technology Effort Saying “Our aim has always been, under corporate law, to harness the benefits of new technologies while limiting the risk for businesses,” DELAWARE Gov. Jack Markell (D) announced a state initiative...

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...

Potpourri - April 18 2016 | 04-15-2016

SB 468 Approved in LA The LOUISIANA Senate approves SB 468 , which would require all exotic dancers in the Pelican State to be at least 21. The bill moves to the House (TIMES-PICAYUNE [NEW ORLEANS]). SB 5949 Signed in NY NEW YORK Gov. Andrew...

Business - April 11 2016 | 04-08-2016

Business In CA CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown(D) signs SB 3 , which will raise the Golden State minimum wage to $15 by 2022, with so-called “off ramps” for years in which the economy is struggling (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). Business in NY...

Governors In Brief - April 4 2016 | 04-01-2016

Cuomo Says No-Go to NC NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) issued an executive order last week (EO No. 155) that bars state employees from any state-sponsored non-essential travel to NORTH CAROLINA . The order came after the Tar Heel State adopted legislation...

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...

Potpourri - March 21 2016 | 03-18-2016

Potpourri In NY & NJ The NEW YORK Assembly approves AB 2510, which would bar the transport of game trophies of threatened or endangered species through airports and facilities controlled by the Port Authority of New York and NEW JERSEY. It moves...

NY Lawmakers Seek to Close ‘Carried Interest Loophole’ | 03-11-2016

A pair of Democratic New York state assemblymen - Sean Ryan and Jeffrion L. Aubry - introduced a bill this month (AB 9459) that would raise state income taxes on fund managers just enough to offset the federal tax savings they receive on the share of...

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...

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...

Cuomo Looks to End Gay Conversion Therapy | 02-12-2016

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) issued a set of rules last week aimed at ending the use of so-called “gay conversion” therapy in the Empire State. The controversial practice is used by some therapists in an effort to change the sexual orientation...

Social Policy - February 15 2016 | 02-12-2016

Social Policy in WV The WEST VIRGINIA Senate approves SB 6, which would allow for the drug testing of welfare recipients if “reasonable suspicion” exists they could be using illegal drugs. The bill moves to the House (WILLIAMSON DAILY NEWS...

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...

Politics In Brief - February 8 2016 | 02-04-2016

NC Voter ID Trial Over Attorneys on both sides of the federal court case over NORTH CAROLINA’s 2013 voter ID law that began last month presented closing arguments last week. It isn’t clear when U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder will...

NY To Consider Giving Voters Recall Power | 01-15-2016

A bipartisan group of New York lawmakers, led by Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda (D), are pushing for legislation to allow voters to recall elected officials, something nineteen states and the District of Columbia currently do, according to the National Conference...

Governors In Brief - January 18 2016 | 01-15-2016

No Impeachment for LePage Democrats in the MAINE House rejected an effort last week to launch possible impeachment proceedings against Gov. Paul LePage (R). Lawmakers instead endorsed a resolution that extols the virtues of statesmanship and working...

Cuomo Extends Minimum Wage Hike to SUNY | 01-08-2016

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) proposed raising the minimum wage for all State University of New York workers to $15 per hour by 2018. Cuomo’s proposal would include students who participate in work-study programs to help pay their tuition and other...

Social Policy - January 11 2016 | 01-08-2016

Social Policy in NY NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) issues Executive Order No. 151, which directs Empire State police and government and social-service agencies to identify those who appear to be homeless and, when temperatures are at freezing or below...

Most States Increasing Spending in 2016 | 12-18-2015

States enacted budgets for fiscal 2016 that will increase general fund spending by an average of 4.1 percent, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers. The biggest spending bump, New York’s 14.7 percent increase, is largely...

Crime & Punishment - December 21 2015 | 12-18-2015

NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announces a series of reforms in the use of solitary confinement for inmates in the Empire State prison system. The reforms, which are part of an agreement to settle litigation brought against the system by the New York...

Cuomo Decries Anti-Muslim Sentiment | 12-18-2015

Saying that “When you attack immigration, you attack the founding premise of our nation,” NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) decried growing anti-immigrant sentiment that has become a focal point of GOP presidential aspirant Donald Trump’s...

Only A Handful of States Considering "Assault Weapon" Bills | 12-11-2015

Eight states introduced legislation this year aimed at imposing or tightening restrictions on “assault weapons” specifically, according to LexisNexis State Net’s legislative database. Four of those states also introduced legislation...

Environment - December 14 2015 | 12-11-2015

The U.S. House of Representatives approves HR 1321, a bill that would ban the use of microbeads, small bits of plastic found in a variety of personal products like soap and toothpaste. At least eight states, including ILLINOIS, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT,...

Potpourri - December 14 2015 | 12-11-2015

The U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear a challenge to an ILLINOIS city’s ban on semiautomatic, high-capacity assault weapons. The city, Highland Park, is a suburb of Chicago. Seven states — MARYLAND, CALIFORNIA, CONNECTICUT, HAWAII, MASSACHUSETTS...

Cuomo Orders $15 Minimum Wage | 11-13-2015

Calling it an issue of “basic fairness and basic justice,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) unilaterally ordered pay for Empire State public workers raised to $15 an hour. The pay hike will impact approximately 10,000 state employees and be...

Flurry of Statehouse Action On Daily Fantasy Sports | 11-13-2015

Legislation related to daily fantasy sports (DFS) has been drafted or introduced this year in 16 states, according to LegalSportsReport.com, which covers the legal online sports wagering industry. The bills generally seek to legalize DFS in states that...

Health & Science - November 16 2015 | 11-13-2015

Health & Science In NJ NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs AB 4587, legislation that allows parents or educators to administer edible medical marijuana products to sick and disabled children on school grounds without fear of arrest [JURIST...

Business - November 9 2015 | 11-06-2015

NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs SB 4327, which allows Empire State restaurant goers to have their dogs with them at outdoor dining locations, provided the eatery allows it and that the animal does not have to walk through the building to get to the...

Cuomo Launches Crackdown on Credit Card Skimmers | 11-06-2015

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced a new effort to go after thieves who use electronic skimming devices at gas stations to obtain customers’ credit card information. The crackdown includes a statewide sweep of gas pumps to look for skimmers...

Environment - November 9 2015 | 11-06-2015

NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) vetoes AB 2778, which would have used state funds to pay non-profits to trap and spay or neuter feral cats. Cuomo said there is no proof that such programs actually diminish the feral cat population (DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE...

Health & Science - November 9 2015 | 11-06-2015

NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs SB 676, which requires Empire State hospitals to record the name, phone number and address of a patient’s main caregiver in that patient’s medical record before they can be released. The facility must also...

Cuomo Signs Gender Equality Bills | 10-30-2015

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a package of eight bills last month aimed at combatting gender discrimination in the Empire State. Five of those were specific to the workplace. They include AB 6075, which prohibits employers from threatening workers...

Budgets In Brief - October 19 2015 | 10-16-2015

WY energy revenues well below forecast WYOMING Gov. Matt Mead (R) announced at a news conference last week that the state will likely face a budget shortfall of $100 million to $200 million in the current fiscal year because energy revenues are lagging...

Governors In Brief - October 12 2015 | 10-09-2015

CO Gov Issues Mascot Order COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) issued Executive Order B 2015 006, which will create a commission to discuss American Indian high school mascots. Commission members will include tribes, local community members and state...

Governors In Brief - October 5 2015 | 10-02-2015

Brown to Run OREGON Gov. Kate Brown (D) announced she will seek to retain her job in next fall’s election to select someone to fill the remaining two years in the term of Gov. John Kitzhaber (D), who resigned in February amid corruption charges...

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...

Governors In Brief - September 21 2015 | 09-18-2015

TX-Mexico Border Deal TEXAS Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed an agreement with Mexico that, among several things, promotes bilateral collaboration on motor vehicle border land crossings and future border infrastructure projects (LANDLINE MAGAZINE). ...

Majority of Drone Encounters Happening in Five States | 09-10-2015

A little over half (51.6 percent) of the 952 encounters between drones and manned aircraft reported to the FAA since the beginning of 2014 originated from five states, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. More than 20 percent, or 196...

Cuomo Calls for National Gun Policy | 09-10-2015

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) renewed his longstanding call for a national gun policy after an aide was shot and seriously injured in a crossfire between two rival gangs on a Brooklyn street last week. The aide, Carey Gabay, had been named by Cuomo as...

Business - August 24 2015 | 08-21-2015

NY Signs SB 1757 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs SB 1757, legislation that bans the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol in the Empire State. New York becomes the 25 th state to ban the product, which has yet to actually reach consumers in...

Health & Science - August 2015 | 08-21-2015

National Drug Control Policy to Focus on Heroin Epidemic The U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy announces it will hire public safety and public health coordinators for five areas in the northeast hit the hardest by a growing epidemic of heroin...

Business - August 3 2015 | 07-31-2015

MI Right To Work The MICHIGAN Supreme Court rules that the Wolverine State’s so-called “right-to-work” law applies to both the public and private sectors. The court also upholds a 2011 law that requires state employees in a defined...

Crime & Law Enforcement - July 13 2015 | 07-10-2015

NH Signs SB 106 NEW HAMPSHIRE Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) signs SB 106, which bars the sale and possession of synthetic drugs sold under names like Spice (WMUR.COM [MANCHESTER]). NY Issues Executive Order NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) issues Executive...

Education - July 13 2015 | 07-10-2015

NH Vetoes HB 449 NEW HAMPSHIRE Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) vetoes HB 449, which would have altered a Granite State law requiring the payment of child support payments until a student has graduated from high school, even if that student is over 18. Under...

Environment - July 6 2015 | 07-02-2015

EPA Violates Clean Air Act The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency violated the Clean Air Act by failing to undertake a cost-benefit analysis in deciding whether to set limits on emissions of mercury and other toxic...

Business - June 22 2015 | 06-19-2015

CO Court Upholds Medical Marijuana Card Holder Ruling The COLORADO Supreme Court upholds a lower court’s ruling that employers can fire workers for using medical marijuana even if they do it during off hours. The plaintiff, a quadriplegic medical...

Cuomo, Lawmakers Say Enough Is Enough | 06-19-2015

After a months-long campaign in which he turned to celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg and Lady Gaga to foster support, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) reached a deal with lawmakers last week on his proposal to change how Empire State colleges and universities...

Education - June 22 2015 | 06-19-2015

NY Endorses SB 5965 University Sex Assault Bill The NEW YORK Assembly and Senate each endorse SB 5965, which would create a statewide definition of what constitutes consensual sexual activity at Empire State public and private colleges and universities...