September 17 - Data Security
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MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed Executive Order 2018-4, which directs some state agencies to no longer ask job applicants about any criminal history in the initial application process. The so-called “ban the box” measure applies to the state licensing agency and agencies under control of the executive branch. (MICHIGAN GOVERNOR’S OFFICE, DETROIT NEWS)
DELAWARE Gov. John Carney (D) signed three measures aimed at addressing the state’s ongoing opioid abuse epidemic. The bills collectively create the nation’s first “overdose system of care” model to better transition individuals after an overdose or crisis from an emergency room setting to more comprehensive treatment for their addiction. The bills further encourage prescribers and patients to consider the use of proven alternative therapies instead of opioids and require continuing education to prescribers about the risks of opioids and benefits of alternative treatments. (DELAWARE NEWS)
MISSISSIPPI Gov. Phil Bryant (R) said he would support legislation next session to raise the pay of Magnolia State teachers. Responding to an additional proposal from Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves (R), Bryant said he would also support pay hikes for child protective services workers. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) submitted his anticipated proposal to reform the state’s bail system in order to keep certain kinds of felons in police custody. His proposal would expand the list of criminal offenses that trigger a dangerousness hearing to include human trafficking, assault and battery on a police officer and several sex crimes. The legislation, which would also free judges to consider a defendant’s criminal history when determining whether to deny or allow bail, must be endorsed by lawmakers. (BOSTON GLOBE, BOSTON HERALD)
-- Compiled by RICH EHISEN