North Carolina

NC Wants Own Crowdfunding Law | 01-29-2016

Taking its cue from crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission adopted new rules in October that will allow privately owned businesses to raise up to $1 million a year from private investors, instead...

Politics In Brief - February 1 2016 | 01-29-2016

ND Tribe Challenges voter ID Laws Seven members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa have filed a lawsuit against North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger (R) alleging that recent changes to the state's voter ID laws infringe on their right...

New State Laws Diverge on Guns and Voting Rights | 01-08-2016

Among the state laws taking effect this year are new gun restrictions in California tightening that state’s existing ban on firearms on school grounds and allowing individuals to request the temporary seizure of weapons from relatives who may pose...

Let the Sun Shine In...Or Not | 12-18-2015

Odds are good that until a few days ago most people not from there had never heard of Woodland, North Carolina. But little Woodland became international news last week when a story in the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald reported that townsfolk had rejected...

NC Groups Allege State Violating ‘Motor Voter Law’ | 12-18-2015

Action NC, Democracy North Carolina, the North Carolina A. Philip Randolph Institute and three North Carolina residents have filed a lawsuit alleging that the state’s Board of Elections, Department of Health and Human Services, and Division of Motor...

Airbnb Pays Hotel Taxes in Several U.S. Cities and Three States | 11-06-2015

Airbnb collects and remits transient occupancy taxes, also known as hotel taxes, on behalf of its hosts in a dozen U.S. cities and the District of Columbia, according to the company’s website. Occupancy and sales taxes are also collected and remitted...

Immigration - November 2 2015 | 10-30-2015

NORTH CAROLINA Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signs HB 318, a bill that bans Tar Heel State cities from adopting sanctuary policies for undocumented immigrants. The measure also bars local governments from accepting IDs from foreign governments and requires them...

Politics In Brief - November 2 2015 | 10-30-2015

NC legislators call for session limits Three Democratic NORTH CAROLINA lawmakers, Rep. Charles Graham, Rep. Garland Pierce, and Sen. Jane Smith, are urging session limits, saying there’s no need for the state’s legislative sessions to run...

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...

Business - September 21 2015 | 09-18-2015

MO Overrides The MISSOURI Legislature overrides 10 vetoes issued by Gov. Jay Nixon (D) including bills that would have barred local municipalities from enacting their own minimum wage standards or prohibiting the use of plastic bags by retail stores...

Breakthrough on NC Budget | 08-21-2015

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) and legislative leaders have finally agreed to spend $21.74 billion this fiscal year. The state has been operating without a budget - running on continuing resolutions instead - since the new fiscal year began on July...

Business - August 17 2015 | 08-14-2015

NC Signs HB 607 NORTH CAROLINA Gov. Pat McCrory signs HB 607, which requires a credit card reporting agency to place a security freeze on a protected consumer’s credit report upon request of the protected consumer’s authorized representative...

Budgets In Brief - August 17 2015 | 08-14-2015

Kansas Retirement System Woes Moody’s Investors Service has given $1 billion in pension obligation bonds proposed by KANSAS an Aa3 rating, a notch below the state’s current overall rating. The Wall Street rating company said the bonds would...

Health & Science - August 17 2015 | 08-14-2015

IL Signs HB 1335 ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signs HB 1335, so-called “right-to-try” legislation that allows terminally ill patients to try drugs that have not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Prairie State...

Potpourri - August 17 2015 | 08-14-2015

NORTH CAROLINA Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signs HB 553, which bars local governments from enacting their own regulations regarding the standard of care for farm animals (HIGH COUNTRY PRESS [BOONE]). -- Compiled by RICH EHISEN

Budgets In Brief - August 10 2015 | 08-07-2015

NC Tentative On HB 943 The NORTH CAROLINA House tentatively approved a nearly $3 billion bipartisan bond proposal for roads and government infrastructure that would go before voters in the fall. Another vote was required in the House before HB 943...

Budgets In Brief - August 3 2015 | 07-31-2015

IL Cook County Approves Sales Tax Increase The governing board of Cook County, ILLINOIS narrowly approved a one-cent sales tax increase that will push Chicago’s rate over that of four Alabama cities and Seattle on Jan. 1, making it the highest...

McCrory Creates Mental Health Task Force | 07-17-2015

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) issued Executive Order No. 76 last week, which will create a multi-agency task force aimed at finding better ways to treat people with mental health or substance abuse issues. The North Carolina Mental Health and Substance...

Health & Science - July 20 2015 | 07-17-2015

NC Approves HB 766 The NORTH CAROLINA House gives final approval to HB 766, a bill that would allow the use of cannabis oil in treating children who suffer from seizure disorders like epilepsy. It moves to Gov. Pat McCrory (R), who is expected to sign...

Social Policy - June 22 2015 | 06-19-2015

Supreme Court Refuses NC Appeal The United Stated Supreme Court declines to hear an appeal from NORTH CAROLINA officials seeking to revive a Tar Heel State law that required doctors to perform ultrasounds, display the resulting sonograms and describe...

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...

Social Policy - June 8 2015 | 06-05-2015

CA Senate Approves SB 23 The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 23, which would repeal a state law that bars women from receiving additional welfare benefits if they become pregnant while on public assistance. It moves to the Assembly (LEXISNEXIS STATE...

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...

Business - May 18 2015 | 05-15-2015

CA Assembly Approves AB 202 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves AB 202, legislation that would make cheerleaders for professional sports teams employees of those franchises. It moves to the Senate (SACRAMENTO BEE). Also in CALIFORNIA , the Assembly approves...

Budgets In Brief - May 18 2015 | 05-15-2015

NY Seeks Tax Credits for Education NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is seeking $150 million to provide tax credits for individuals and businesses that support public education, families with incomes of less than $60,000 per year that have children in...

Budgets In Brief - April 20 2015 | 04-17-2015

NY Budget Cap on Yachts As part of its recently passed state budget, NEW YORK capped sales taxes on yachts at 8.25 percent, or $18,975, in most counties, for the stated purpose of leveling the playing field with Florida and other states “so New...

Governors In Brief - March 16 2015 | 03-13-2015

The National Governors Association sent U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner (R- OHIO ) a letter last week urging him to support new legislation allowing states to collect sales tax on Internet purchases, the so-called Marketplace Fairness...

Budgets In Brief - March 16 2015 | 03-13-2015

The administration of LOUISIANA Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is saying its proposed tobacco tax increase wouldn’t necessarily be limited to cigarettes but could apply to a range of tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes...