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Social Policy - May 20 2019

Federal Court Rules on KY Law

A federal court rules that a 2018 KENTUCKY law that effectively banned abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy is unconstitutional. State officials say they would appeal the ruling (LOUISVILLE COURIER JOURNAL).

ND Governor Signs HB 1050

NORTH DAKOTA Gov. Doug Burgum (R) signs HB 1050, which essentially decriminalizes possession of small amounts of cannabis. Under the new law, possession of up to a half ounce of marijuana by adults 21 and older is now an infraction punishable by no jail time and a maximum fine of $1,000 (VALLEY NEWS [FARGO]).

AL Governor Signs HB 314

The ALABAMA Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signs HB 314, a bill that bans all abortions except in a case where the woman’s life is in danger. Supporters say the measure is intended to spark a court challenge that will work its way to the U.S. Supreme Court (WASHINGTON POST).

MO Senate Approves HB 126

The MISSOURI Senate approves HB 126, which would ban all abortions after the eighth week of pregnancy, even in cases of rape or incest. It returns to the House for a concurrence vote before it can go to Gov. Mike Parson (R), who has said he will sign it (KANSAS CITY STAR).