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NEW YORK Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is seeking to change the state’s double jeopardy law to exempt cases involving presidential pardons. The change, if approved by the state’s Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), would allow Schneiderman and other prosecutors in the state to bring criminal charges against individuals pardoned by President Trump. (NEW YORK TIMES)
Last week NEW JERSEY became the 12th state to enact a law providing for the automatic registration of qualified state residents to vote when they visit a DMV office. But the law is also part of a newer trend - along with those in ILLINOIS, MARYLAND and RHODE ISLAND - of providing for the expansion of automatic voter registration to agencies that serve disenfranchised populations. (GOVERNING)
A NEVADA judge ruled last week that a Republican-backed effort to recall two Democratic state senators, Nicole Cannizzaro and Joyce Woodhouse, for their stance on taxes, among other things, didn’t collect enough valid voter signatures to force recall elections. The recalls could have shifted control of the Senate to the GOP. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
At least a dozen local governments in CALIFORNIA have voted either to support the Trump administration’s lawsuit against the state over its “sanctuary state” law, restricting the cooperation of local law enforcement with federal immigration agents, or approve resolutions opposing the state’s position. The local governments include the Board of Supervisors of Orange County, one of the state’s most conservative and populous counties, with over 3 million residents. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
-- Compiled by KOREY CLARK