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Business - May 20 2019

GA Governor Signs HB 213

GEORGIA Gov. Matt Kemp (R) signs HB 213, which makes it legal to grow hemp in the Peach State. Hemp is used to make a number of consumer products, including rope and CBD oil (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION).

IA Governor Signs SF 599

IOWA Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) signs SF 599, legislation that allows hemp growers to cultivate the crop on up to 40 acres of their farmland (DES MOINES REGISTER).

IA Governor Signs SF 617

Also in IOWA, Gov. Reynolds signs SF 617, a bill that legalizes sports wagering in the Hawkeye State, to be regulated by the state Racing and Gaming Commission. Iowa joins INDIANA and MONTANA as states that have legalized sports wagering this year (IOWA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE, LEGAL SPORTS WAGERING).

OR Governor Signs HB 3061

OREGON Gov. Kate Brown (D) signs HB 3061, a bill that allows Beaver State municipalities to transfer property acquired from government entities to private corporations if used to provide broadband internet services to the citizens (KLAMATH FALLS NEWS).

WA Governor Signs HB 1450

WASHINGTON Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signs HB 1450, which imposes significant restrictions on the use of non-compete agreements in the Evergreen State. Under the new law, which goes into effect in January, employers must give employees and independent contractors advance notice of the use of a non-compete agreement and either pay the worker’s full compensation or release them from the agreement if their employment is terminated. Workers who contend they have wrongly been subjected to a non-compete requirement will also have the ability to file suit against their former employer (JD SUPRA).