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ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signs HB 345, which raises the age for legally buying tobacco products in the Prairie State to 21. The bill, which takes effect on July 1, covers all tobacco and vaping products, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes and vapes (CHICAGO TRIBUNE).
The TEXAS Senate approves SB 21, which would raise the Lone Star State smoking age to 21. It moves to the House (TEXAS TRIBUNE).
GEORGIA Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signs HB 217, which legalizes needle exchange programs in the Peach State. The measure allows pharmacy workers, doctors and other licensed health professionals to sell, give away, exchange or rent, and “otherwise distribute” hypodermic syringes or needles for “legitimate medical purposes.” The law takes effect on July 1 (WRBL [COLUMBUS].
IDAHO Gov. Brad Little (R) signs SB 1204, which will expand Medicaid coverage to residents earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. The measure also requires the state to seek a waiver to allow those in the expansion to stay on the state’s health insurance exchange rather than go on Medicaid (MODERN HEALTH CARE, IDAHO GOVERNOR’S OFFICE).