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After a week of jousting with the Trump administration, it is still unclear if CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) will order the deployment of the California National Guard to the state’s border with Mexico to assist in battling “transnational crime.” On Tuesday, Brown and Department of Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen said the administration had agreed to fund the deployment with no change in Brown’s requirement that the troops not be used in any way to enforce federal immigration laws. But that all seemed to go up in smoke on Thursday when the president tweeted that the administration would not pay for what he called a “charade.” (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE, LEXISNEXIS STATE NET, WASHINGTON POST)
The Supreme Court of the United States declined last Monday to hear an appeal by former ILLINOIS former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’ (D) of his 2011 corruption conviction. The rejection likely assures he will remain in prison until 2024, barring a presidential pardon or commutation. (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, ASSOCIATED PRESS).
Saying he doesn’t want separate regulatory and tax frameworks for medical and recreational marijuana, MAINE Gov. Paul LePage (R) said he will veto a bill headed to his desk to create such a framework for recreational weed use. The bill passed both chambers with veto-proof margins, but it is uncertain if that would hold up in the face of the governor actually nixing the measure. (PORTLAND PRESS HERALD, BANGOR DAILY NEWS)
NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) issued an executive order (EO No 181) returning voting rights to Empire State parolees. The measure is estimated to impact about 35,000 current parolees. (TIMES-UNION [ALBANY], NEW YORK GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)
MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) asked the Federal Railroad Administration to broaden the ability of commuter rail officials to consider the driving histories of locomotive engineers when making personnel decisions. The Boston Globe has previously reported that nearly 50 engineers have had their driver’s licenses suspended, and that approximately 110 engineers have driving records that experts say are cause for concern. (STATE HOUSE NEWS [BOSTON], BOSTON GLOBE)
-- Compiled by RICH EHISEN