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Business - November 25 2019 | 11-22-2019

MASSACHUSETTS Senate Approves SB 2410 The MASSACHUSETTS Senate approves SB 2410 , a bill that would prohibit the distribution of single-use plastic bags and require customers to pay a fee of at least 10 cents for recyclable or reusable bags. The ban...

SF Also Moving Toward Creating Public Bank | 11-15-2019

North Dakota is currently the only state to have created a public bank, which it did way back in 1919. But momentum for more is growing at both the state and local level. The latest effort was launched last week in New Jersey, where New Jersey Gov...

Business - November 18 2019 | 11-15-2019

Supreme Court of the United States Allows Lawsuit The Supreme Court of the United States allows a lawsuit filed by parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School victims to move forward at the state level. The suit alleges that the Remington Arms Co. marketed...

Business - November 11 2019 | 11-08-2019

OH Governor Signs HB 189 Responding to the 2017 amusement park accident that killed one and seriously injured seven more, OHIO Gov. Mike DeWine (R) signs HB 189 , which will require Buckeye State officials to adopt an amusement ride classification...

Business - November 4 2019 | 11-01-2019

South Dakota Agrees To Not Enforce Provisions SOUTH DAKOTA agrees to not enforce provisions of a Coyote State law that would allow felony prosecutions and fines against those who encourage but don’t participate in protests against oil and gas...

Business - October 21 2019 | 10-18-2019

California Governor Signs AB 9 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs AB 9 , which extends the timeline to bring forward a complaint of workplace harassment and discrimination from one year to three years (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). California Governor...

Business - October 14 2019 | 10-11-2019

California Governor Signs SB 616 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs SB 616 , which bars debt collectors from garnishing a debt holder’s bank account once the balance reaches $1,724, the bare minimum the state Department of Social Services...

Business - October 7 2019 | 10-04-2019

United State Court of Appeals Upholds Ruling The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upholds the power of the Federal Communications Commission to roll back net neutrality rules, but also upholds the power of states...

Business - September 23 2019 | 09-20-2019

California Governor Signs AB 5 Calling it “landmark legislation for our workers and our economy,” CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs AB 5 , which codifies the process for determining if a worker is an employee or an independent contractor...

Business - September 16 2019 | 09-13-2019

Sponsor of California SB 51 Pulls Bill The sponsor of CALIFORNIA SB 51 , a bill that would allow banks and credit unions to do limited business with legal cannabis companies, pulls the measure before it can come up for a vote, turning it into a two...

Business - September 9 2019 | 09-06-2019

California Senate Appropriations Committee Kills AB 161 The CALIFORNIA Senate Appropriations Committee kills AB 161 , a bill that would have banned most paper receipts at large retailers unless customers requested one (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). ...

Business - September 3 2019 | 08-30-2019

Illinois governor Signs HB 3394 ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signs HB 3394 , a bill that will require companies headquartered in the Prairie State to submit an annual report on their board membership and how they identify and appoint diverse candidates...

Business - August 19 2019 | 08-15-2019

IL Governor Signs SB 75 ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signs SB 75 , an omnibus bill that, among several things, extends legal sexual harassment protections to contract workers, limits the use of contract provisions designed to prevent workers from...

Business - August 12 2019 | 08-09-2019

Acting New York Governor Signs 1790 Acting NEW JERSEY Gov. Sheila Oliver (D) signs SB 1790 , a bill that imposes fines and possible jail time on employers found guilty of failing to pay workers the full wages owed to them. Employers who are found to...

Business - August 5 2019 | 08-02-2019

Illinois Governor Signs HB 88 ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signs HB 88 , a bill that caps interest rates at 5 percent on consumer debt of less than $25,000 following a court judgment, down from the current limit of 9 percent. The law also limits...

Business - July 22 2019 | 07-19-2019

Minnesota Governor Signs HF 2A MINNESOTA Gov. Tim Walz (D) signs HF 2a , an omnibus jobs and economic development package that will also make it a felony in some cases for employers to withhold workers’ wages. The new law, which went into effect...

Business - July 15 2019 | 07-12-2019

Wisconsin Governor Signs SB 152 WISCONSIN Gov. Tony Evers Signs SB 152 , which imposes regulations on e-scooters in the Badger State. Under the new law, e-scooters must weigh less than 100 pounds and abide by a 15 mile-per-hour speed limit. Local governments...

Business - July 8 2019 | 07-08-2019

OR Senate Approves HB 2005 The OREGON Senate approves HB 2005 , which would grant workers up to 12 weeks of paid time off that they could also use to recuperate from their own serious illness, care for new adopted or foster children, or deal with domestic...

Business - July 1 2019 | 06-28-2019

MA House Endorses HB 3904 The MASSACHUSETTS House endorses HB 3904 , a bill that would establish a framework for licensing and regulating appraisal management companies in the Bay State. It is now in the Senate (STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE [BOSTON]. ...

Business - June 17 2019 | 06-14-2019

RI Senate Approves SB 509 The RHODE ISLAND Senate approves SB 509 , which would bar employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. It is now in the House (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL). NV Governor Signs AB 466 NEVADA Gov. Steve Sisolak...

Business - June 10 2019 | 06-07-2019

CT Senate Approves HB 7200 The CONNECTICUT Senate approves HB 7200 , which would raise the Constitution State smoking age to 21. The measure moves to Gov. Ned Lamont (D), who has pledged to sign it into law (CONNECTICUT MIRROR [HARTFORD]). CT house...

Business - June 3 2019 | 05-31-2019

CA Assembly Endorses AB 5 The CALIFORNIA Assembly endorses AB 5 , a bill that could require employers to officially recognize hundreds of thousands of so-called “gig” workers as employees. Under the bill, employers seeking to avoid having...

Business - May 20 2019 | 05-17-2019

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...

Business - May 13 2019 | 05-10-2019

MI Senate Approves SB 1 The MICHIGAN Senate approves SB 1 , a measure that would, among several things, allow Wolverine State drivers to choose levels of medical coverage instead of automatically getting unlimited coverage, create an auto insurance...

Business - May 6 2019 | 05-03-2019

NY Assembly Endorses SB 501 The NEW YORK Assembly endorses SB 501 , a bill that would require toy manufacturers to tell state regulators when children’s products contain hazardous chemicals like cadmium, with toys containing materials like toxic...

Business - April 22 2019 | 04-19-2019

TX Supreme Court Rules The TEXAS Supreme Court rules that the state does not have to reveal the identity of the manufacturer of the drugs used to carry out executions. Doing so, the court ruled, “would create a substantial threat of physical...

Business - April 15 2019 | 04-12-2019

CO House and Senate Give Final Approval to SB 78 The COLORADO House and Senate give final approval to SB 78 , net-neutrality legislation that would bar internet service providers from receiving state taxpayer money if they slow access to the internet...

Governors in Brief - April 8 2019 | 04-05-2019

HOLCOMB SIGNS INDIANA HATE CRIME BILL Saying that his state has “made progress and taken a strong stand against targeted violence,” INDIANA Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) signed a measure last week that for the first time gives the Hoosier State...

Business - March 25 2019 | 03-22-2019

NJ Governor Signs SB 121 NEW JERSEY Gov. Phil Murphy (S) signs SB 121 , which bars the use of nondisclosure agreements in employment contracts and settlement agreements if those cases involve discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment or assault...

Business - March 18 2019 | 03-15-2019

WA House Approves HB 1706 The WASHINGTON House approves HB 1706 , which would require Evergreen State employers to pay disabled workers the same $12 per hour minimum wage they pay other workers. The measure moves to the Senate (ASSOCIATED PRESS). ...

Business - March 11 2019 | 03-08-2019

ND Senate Approves HB 1400 The NORTH DAKOTA Senate approves HB 1400 , which defines what constitutes meat and bars non-meat products from being labeled as meat in any way. It moves to Gov. Doug Burgum (R) for consideration (BISMARCK TRIBUNE). OR...

Business - February 25 2019 | 02-22-2019

IL Governor Signs SB 1 ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signs SB 1 , legislation that will raise the statewide minimum wage to $15 by 2025. The Prairie State joins CALIFORNIA, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY and MASSACHUSETTS in adopting proposals to gradually...

Business - February 18 2019 | 02-15-2019

OR Senate SB 608 The OREGON Senate approves SB 608 , which would impose the nation’s first statewide rent control regulation. Under the proposal, landlords could raise rent no more than 7 percent per year, plus the annual change in the consumer...

Business - February 11 2019 | 02-08-2019

NJ Senate and Assembly Endorse AB 3975 The NEW JERSEY Senate and Assembly endorse AB 3975 , which would increase from six to 12 weeks the time Garden State workers may take off from work with pay after the birth or adoption of a child or to care for...

Business - December 10 2018 | 12-07-2018

MI House and Senate Endorse SB 1171 and SB 1175 The MICHIGAN House and Senate endorse bills that would drastically change previously approved laws on paid sick leave and the state minimum wage: SB 1171 (2018) would slow the increase of the state’s...

Business - December 3 2018 | 11-30-2018

MI Senate Approves SB 1171 The MICHIGAN Senate approves SB 1171 , legislation that would delay the state’s planned minimum wage increase to $12 until 2030. The measure, which would also limit tipped workers’ minimum wage to $4 per hour...

Business - November 19 2018 | 11-16-2018

OH Senate Approves HB 329 The OHIO Senate approves HB 329, which would ensure that pyramid schemes are illegal in the Buckeye State. It heads to Gov. John Kasich (R) for consideration (DAYTON DAILY NEWS).

Business - November 12 2018 | 11-09-2018

Supreme Court Declines The Supreme Court of the United States declines to hear a case challenging a lower court’s ruling that upheld the power of the Federal Communications Commission to implement net neutrality rules in 2016. A group of Internet...

Business - October 22 2018 | 10-19-2018

US Supreme Court Rejects The U.S. Supreme Court rejects a plea to hear an appeal of rulings in two CALIFORNIA cases that require former makers of lead paint to pay $400 million or more to clean up old homes (LOS ANGELES TIMES). MI Governor Signs...

Business - October 8 2018 | 10-05-2018

NJ Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Suspends Enforcement The NEW JERSEY Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control says it will suspend enforcement of new rules imposed in September on craft breweries while it consults with brewers, bars and restaurants...

Business - October 1 2018 | 09-28-2018

CA Federal Appeals Court Ruled A federal appeals court in CALIFORNIA rules that the ridesharing company Uber can force its drivers into individual arbitration over pay and benefit disputes, voiding an effort by thousands of drivers to join in a class...

Business - September 17 2018 | 09-14-2018

U.s food and drug administration and e-cigarette The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gives e-cigarette makers 60 days to devise a detailed plan for reducing use of their product by minors, threatening to ban a number of their products if the companies...

Business - September 10 2018 | 09-07-2018

CA Governor Signs AB 2343 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 2343 , a bill that gives tenants facing eviction three court days to pay rent after receiving notice and five court days to respond to an eviction lawsuit. The measure further stipulates...

Business - August 20 2018 | 08-17-2018

MA Governor Vetoes Section of HB 4732 MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) vetoes a section of a $1.1 billion economic development package ( HB 4732 ) that would have barred “bad faith” allegations of patent infringement by so-called “patent...

Business - August 13 2018 | 08-10-2018

Going On In CA A federal appeals court upholds a CALIFORNIA law that requires new models of semi-automatic handguns to stamp identifying information on bullet casings when fired. The 9 th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the law was a reasonable...

Business - July 23 2018 | 07-20-2018

CA Governor Signs AB 1678 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 1678 , which requires journalists, researchers and political campaigns that collect voter data to inform state officials if that data has been stolen (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE...

Business - July 16 2018 | 07-13-2018

OH Senate Approves HB 123 The OHIO Senate approves HB 123 , which would, among several things limit payday loans to no more than $1,000 and no longer than 12 months. The bill returns to the House (CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER). CA Governor Signs AB...

Business - July 9 2018 | 07-06-2018

OH House Approves HB 263 The OHIO House gives final approval to HB 263 , which would allow dogs to accompany their owners on a restaurant patio if the eatery is okay with it. The measure is now with Gov. John Kasich (R) for consideration (SANDUSKY...

Business - July 2 2018 | 06-29-2018

MA Senate Approves SB 2546 The MASSACHUSETTS Senate approves SB 2546 , which would allow the Bay State attorney general to file civil actions and issue stop work orders in wage theft cases. The measure, which also would create a trust fund to repay...

Business - June 18 2018 | 06-15-2018

MI House Approves HB 4926, HB 4927, and HB 4928 The MICHIGAN House approves a trio of bills (HBs 4926 , 4927 and 4928 ) that collectively would legalize online gambling, including sports wagering, in the Wolverine State. The measures move to the Senate...