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With Feds Distracted, States Will Have Much to Ponder in 2020 | 11-22-2019

It’s the holiday season, and if most voters are thinking about politics at all they are probably pondering more about how to get through family festivities without a major blowup over differing political philosophies than they are about next year’s...

Health & Science - November 25 2019 | 11-22-2019

MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate Unanimously Approve HB 4210 The MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate unanimously approve HB 4210 , which would extend MassHealth coverage until age 26 for young adults formerly in Department of Children and Families custody...

Texas, California Among Hardest Hit by Wildfires in 2018 | 11-15-2019

In 2018 Texas had the most wildfires of any state, 10,541 of them, and the sixth highest number of acres burned, at 569,811, according to data compiled by the Insurance Information Institute from the National Interagency Fire Center. California had the...

Local Front - November 18 2019 | 11-15-2019

Denver City Council Approves Regulation The DENVER City Council approves a regulation that will allow residents to leave a restaurant with an alcoholic beverage during special events. The ordinance applies to events held in pre-determined common areas...

Mixed Results on Tax Ballot Measures in CO: | 11-08-2019

Democrats who control Colorado’s General Assembly suffered a big defeat last week with the failure of Proposition CC, a ballot measure that would have allowed the state to use revenue surpluses for education and transportation instead of returning...

WI Supreme Court Takes up Separation of Powers Case | 11-01-2019

The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard oral arguments last month in a case stemming from laws Republicans passed after losing control of the state’s government in last November’s election but before Democrats took office in January. Those laws...

CO Asks SCOTUS to Rule on ‘Faithless Electors’ | 10-18-2019

Colorado has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case concerning whether those selected to cast Electoral College votes must vote in accordance with the state’s electorate. The case stems from 2016, when three Democratic Party electors...

DC Quietly Passes Soda Tax | 10-04-2019

In recent years several cities, including San Francisco, Boulder, and Seattle, have imposed excise taxes on sodas and other sugary drinks with much fanfare - and much resistance from soda producers. Washington, D.C. took a different approach, quietly...

Budgets in Brief - October 7 2019 | 10-04-2019

TROUBLED NJ ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY AWARDS TAX BREAKS The NEW JERSEY Economic Development Authority has released $533 million in tax breaks for 31 companies that had been on hold since the state’s incentive programs came under scrutiny this...

Hackers Targeted WV Mobile Voting System in 2018 | 10-04-2019

A person or persons attempted to breach West Virginia’s mobile voting system for military and overseas voters during last year’s midterm election, state and federal officials announced last week. The attack is believed to have come from inside...

All Topped Off | 10-04-2019

A federal court may have struck down a Colorado city’s ordinance banning women from going topless, but ladies ought not to think they can get all half-nekkid in Oklahoma. As the Oklahoman reports , Attorney General Mike Hunter announced last week...

Budgets in Brief - September 23 2019 | 09-20-2019

TN PROPOSES SWITCH TO MEDICAID BLOCK GRANT FUNDING TENNESSEE unveiled a plan last week that would fund its Medicaid program through a federal block grant, limiting how much is spent on the program instead of paying for whomever enrolls, which is the...

Politics in Brief - September 23 2019 | 09-20-2019

PUSH FOR ‘JUNGLE PRIMARY’ IN FL FLORIDA billionaire Mike Fernandez, who left the Republican Party because of his opposition to President Trump, is spending millions of dollars to place a measure before voters in 2020 that would shift the...

Politics in Brief - September 16 2019 | 09-13-2019

GOP WINS SPECIAL ELECTION IN NC Republican Dan Bishop defeated Democrat Dan McCready 50.7 percent to 48.7 percent in a special election last week in NORTH CAROLINA's 9th Congressional District. The election, which was called due to allegations...

Budgets in Brief - September 9 2019 | 09-06-2019

FEDERAL RULE COULD END FOOD ASSISTANCE FOR 33,000 IN CO A newly proposed federal rule would cut off food assistance for 33,000 COLORADO residents, including about 11,000 children. The state currently allows those earning up to twice the federal poverty...

Politics in Brief - September 3 2019 | 08-30-2019

FEDERAL COURT RULES CO PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS DON’T HAVE TO VOTE IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE ELECTORATE The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled last month that COLORADO’s presidential electors don’t have to vote for the...

Will More States Follow CA on Deal with Automakers? | 08-15-2019

Bypassing the Trump administration, California has reached agreement with four of the world’s largest automakers to improve fuel efficiency and reduce automobile emissions that contribute to global warming. And more are likely to follow. ...

States Still Attending to Medical Balance Billing | 08-09-2019

When SNCJ reported in August 2017 on medical balance billing - the direct charging of patients by healthcare providers for services that aren’t fully covered at the providers’ rate by the patients’ insurance - nearly half of the states...

Balance Billing Measures Introduced in 32 States in 2019 | 08-09-2019

Legislation dealing with medical balance billing - the charging of patients by healthcare providers for services not fully covered at the providers’ rate by the patients’ insurance - has been introduced in 32 states this year, according to...

Campaign to Repeal Presidential Vote Change in CO Breaks Record | 08-09-2019

This session Colorado’s Democrat-led General Assembly passed legislation ( SB 42 ) adding the state to the national popular vote interstate compact. That agreement commits the signatory states’ electoral votes to the candidate in a presidential...

Cooper Just Says No to NC Conversion Therapy | 08-09-2019

Saying “we should be protecting all of our children, including those who identify as LGBTQ, instead of subjecting them to a dangerous practice,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) issued Executive Order No 97 , a directive that bars state...

Politics in Brief - August 5 2019 | 08-02-2019

CO CONSERVATIVES PUSH TO RECALL DEMOCRATIC GOV, LAWMAKERS Conservatives in COLORADO are pushing to recall Gov. Jared Polis (D) and two Democratic state senators. The recall effort comes after a legislative session in which Democrats who now control...

Environment - August 5 2019 | 08-02-2019

Illinois Governor Signs SB 9 ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signs SB 9 , a bill that, among several things, prohibits coal ash discharge into the environment and directs state regulators to propose new rules around the regulation of coal ash (ILLINOIS...

Health & Science - August 5 2019 | 08-02-2019

Federal Judge Blocks Three Arkansas Abortion Laws Saying they provide women with “no discernible medical benefit,” a federal judge temporarily blocks three ARKANSAS abortion laws from going into effect. The state is expected to appeal the...

Obamacare Challenged as States Experiment on Health Care | 07-19-2019

As the fate of the Accordable Care Act (ACA) hangs in the balance in a federal court, states are experimenting with myriad policies affecting health care coverage and insurance costs. In a hearing in New Orleans on July 9, two Republican-appointed...

Governors in Brief - July 15 2019 | 07-12-2019

TWO DOZEN GOVS RESIST TRUMP CLEAN CAR ROLLBACK Two dozen governors – including three Republicans – signed a letter to President Donald Trump last week urging his administration not to move forward on a plan to roll back auto emissions standards...

Local Front - July 15 2019 | 07-12-2019

US Conference of Mayors Unanimously Adopt Resolution The US Conference of Mayors unanimously adopts a resolution proposed by BALTIMORE officials to not pay ransom demands to hackers following ransomware infections in their cities. The group noted that...

United States of Acrimony | 07-08-2019

If feelings of being disrespected were currency, America wouldn’t need a single other consumer product to remain the richest country on the face of the earth. Case in point comes from the town of Needles, a tiny town in the Mojave Desert area of...

California Bill Highlights Worker Misclassification Debate | 06-28-2019

When San Francisco-based Lyft driver Roosevelt Thomas recently got a message from the company urging him to sign a petition opposing California Assembly Bill 5 – which would turn rideshare drivers from independent contractors into employees –...

Independent Contractor Legislation Active in States | 06-28-2019

At least 189 bills dealing with independent contractors have been introduced in state legislatures this session, according to LexisNexis State Net’s legislative tracking system . Fifty of those measures have been passed by one or both chambers of...

Mills Signs Sweeping ME Prescription, Energy Bills | 06-28-2019

Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) signed a series of far-reaching bills last week aimed at reducing the rising cost of prescription drugs and boosting the use of renewable energy across the Pine Tree State. Mills called the rising cost of prescription...

Most States Considering Drug Price Control Measures | 06-14-2019

At least 40 states have introduced legislation in 2019 aimed at reducing the cost of prescription drugs, according to LexisNexis State Net ’s legislative tracking system. Fifteen of those states have enacted such measures.

Governors in Brief - June 17 2019 | 06-14-2019

BAKER URGES PATIENCE WITH MA WIND POWER In an address to the wind power industry, MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) said the Bay State has a responsibility to get it right and to position the offshore wind industry for long-term success. Baker said...

We’re So Surprised, Said Nobody Ever | 06-14-2019

Get ready for a shocker – no state is more fun than California! According to a new Wallet Hub survey , based on 26 different metrics the Golden State tops the other 49 when it comes to having fun, be it indoors or out. Some of those include weather...

Many States Looking at Occupational Licensing Reciprocity | 06-07-2019

At least 28 states have considered legislation this session addressing reciprocity with other states in occupational licensing, according to LexisNexis State Net’s legislative tracking system . Such measures have been enacted in half of those states...

If You Can’t Beat Them, Talk Them to Death | 06-07-2019

Filibustering and other such political gabfesting as a means of blocking legislation has been practiced by every party since Plato walked the earth. The latest incarnation comes from the Oregon Legislature, where outmanned Republicans have managed to...

Over Half of States Have Passed Private-Sector Data Security Laws | 05-31-2019

As of the start of this year, at least 25 states had passed laws requiring businesses that handle personal data to implement security procedures to protect that information from unauthorized access, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures...

Politics in Brief - June 3 2019 | 05-31-2019

BILL BLOCKING BIRTH DATES FROM VOTER LISTS ADVANCES IN RI A bill ( HB 5925 ) approved by RHODE ISLAND’s House Judiciary Committee would enshrine into law Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea’s (D) current policy of excluding full birth dates...

Governors in Brief - June 3 2019 | 05-31-2019

Cooper Signs NC Pay Leave Order Saying that “parenting is often more than a full-time job,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) issued Executive Order 95 last week, which grants up to eight weeks of paid parental leave to many of the estimated...

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...

Health & Science - June 3 2019 | 05-31-2019

AL House and Senate Endorse SB 73 The ALABAMA House and Senate endorse SB 73 , a measure that would prohibit pharmacy benefit managers from employing contractual “gag clauses” to forbid pharmacists from telling customers if they can save...

The Local Front - June 3 2019 | 05-31-2019

TX Legislature Gives Final Approval to SB 22 The TEXAS Legislature gives final approval to SB 22 , which contains an amendment that would bar local governments from doing any business with Planned Parenthood. It moves to Gov. Greg Abbott (R) for consideration...

Education - May 20 2019 | 05-17-2019

CO Governor Signs SB 176 COLORADO Gov. Jared Polis (D) signs SB 176 , which requires Centennial State school districts to offer opportunities for qualified high school students to enroll in college-level classes that can be applied to both a high school...

States Taking Action to Ensure Complete 2020 Census Count | 05-17-2019

Although the decennial census is a federal responsibility, with states having so much to gain from an accurate tally, 30 have established committees - either through legislation or executive order - to ensure their populations are fully counted, according...

CO Cities, Towns Flex New Power Over Oil, Gas Drilling | 05-10-2019

Last month Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed SB 181, giving cities and towns more control over the regulation of oil and gas drilling. Local governments have wasted little time exercising their new power. Hours after the governor signed the bill...

Tale of Two States | 05-10-2019

Florida state government has long been under GOP rule. But this year, the state’s Republican legislative majority, energized by three new conservative state Supreme Court justices, new legislative leaders and a new governor, accomplished a few items...

Environment - May 13 2019 | 05-10-2019

WA Governor Signs SB 5116 WASHINGTON Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signs SB 5116 , a bill that establishes a mandate for Evergreen State utilities to eliminate coal as an energy source by the end of 2025, with the ultimate goal of providing carbon-free electricity...

Health & Science - May 13 2019 | 05-10-2019

TX House Approves HB 3703 The TEXAS House approves HB 3703 , which would add multiple sclerosis, autism, cancer and many other diseases and medical conditions to those eligible to be treated with cannabis oil. The bill, which would also allow for the...

The Local Front - May 13 2019 | 05-10-2019

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approves The SAN FRANCISCO Board of Supervisors unanimously approves an ordinance that requires brick and mortar retail establishments to accept cash as payment, becoming the second major city in America...

Legislation Addressing Rent Control Pending in 10 States | 05-03-2019

As of May 1, at least 129 bills referring specifically to rent control were pending in 10 states, according to LexisNexis State Net’s legislative tracking system. The majority of those measures were introduced in New York’s Legislature. Several...