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Data Privacy Laws, Hackers Put New Emphasis on Cyber Insurance | 11-01-2019

The impending California Consumer Privacy Act and other state data privacy laws have done more than motivate companies to rethink how they manage consumer data; it also has many organizations thinking more than ever about how they manage their cyber insurance...

States Win and Trump Loses In Courts | 10-18-2019

California would have the fifth largest economy in the world if the state was a separate nation. And ever since Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States, the Golden State has behaved as if it really is a separate country, standing...

Opportunities and Challenges for States in 2019 | 12-14-2018

In the third and final of our annual three-part series looking ahead to the coming legislative year, SNCJ Senior Advisor Lou Cannon takes a look at some of the challenges and opportunities that await lawmakers in 2019. This is also our final issue...

Crime & Punishment - August 13 2018 | 08-10-2018

OH Attorney General Announces New Online Site OHIO Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) announces the creation of a free, online system will allow victims to anonymously check the status of their rape kits from the time they are collected at a medical...

Cyberattacks and Regulation Fuel Demand for Cyber Insurance | 08-03-2018

Despite the significant financial risks cyberattacks pose for American businesses, many don’t have cyber insurance protecting them against losses from such incidents. But high-profile attacks like last year’s Equifax data breach and tougher...

California Projected to Lose $329M to Cybercrime in 2018 | 08-03-2018

California will have the highest cybercrime losses of any state this year, according to analysis of data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Insurance Information Institute by Website Builder Expert. The website development adviser estimates...

Crime & Punishment - September 18 2017 | 09-15-2017

California Governor Signs Marijuana Bill Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs a bill ( SB 65 ) banning the smoking of marijuana or ingestion of marijuana products while driving or riding in a vehicle, starting Jan. 1 when recreational pot becomes legal in the...

Crime & Punishment - August 21 2017 | 08-18-2017

Crime In Florida A FLORIDA court rules that lawmakers overstepped their authority when they endorsed legislation broadening the Sunshine State’s “stand your ground” law that allows residents to use lethal force in self-defense. Miami...

Crime & Punishment - August 14 2017 | 08-11-2017

California Signs SB 725 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 725 , which clarifies that current and former military members who suffer from service-related mental health issues may be diverted to a treatment court in lieu of jail when charged with...

Crime & Punishment - August 7 2017 | 08-04-2017

New York Signs AB 2806 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 2806 , which adds the act of animal fighting to offenses which allow authorities to obtain an eavesdropping or video surveillance warrant (LONGISLAND.COM). North Carolina Signs HB 128...

Crime & Punishment - July 24 2017 | 07-21-2017

New Hampshire Signs HB 640 NEW HAMPSHIRE Gov. Chris Sununu (R) signs HB 640 , legislation that eliminates criminal penalties for possession of three quarters of an ounce or less of marijuana (NEW HAMPSHIRE UNION LEADER [MANCHESTER]).

Crime & Punishment - July 17 2017 | 07-14-2017

Crime In Florida Corrections officials in FLORIDA agree to settle a lawsuit that accused the Sunshine State of discriminating against deaf and disabled prisoners. Tenets in the resolution include the state agreeing to provide sign-language interpreters...

Crime & Punishment - July 10 2017 | 07-07-2017

Crime In Florida A FLORIDA court rules that an expansion of the Sunshine State’s “stand your ground” law is unconstitutional. Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch said lawmakers overstepped their authority in requiring prosecutors to disprove...

Crime & Punishment - July 3 2017 | 06-30-2017

Pennsylvania Approves HB 1238 The PENNSYLVANIA House approves HB 1238 , which allows for someone to be charged with felony animal abuse for activities beyond killing an endangered species or fostering an animal fighting ring (LANCASTERONLINE). Crime...

Crime & Punishment - June 19 2017 | 06-16-2017

Nevada Gov Vetoes AB303 & AB259 Citing his belief that the bill infringed upon executive branch authority, NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) vetoes AB 303 , which would have barred the Silver State from utilizing private prisons (LAS VEGAS SUN...

Crime & Punishment - June 12 2017 | 06-09-2017

Colorado Signs HB 1035 COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signs HB 1035 , which allows sexual assault and stalking victims to break a residential lease to better elude their tormentors (DENVER POST).

Crime & Punishment - June 5 2017 | 06-02-2017

Crime In California The U.S. Supreme Court rules that police cannot be held liable for injuries they caused as part of a search unless the search itself is “unreasonable.” The decision overturns a lower court’s ruling in a CALIFORNIA...

Crime & Punishment - May 22 2017 | 05-19-2017

California Approves SB 439 The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 439 , which would ensure that counties treat juvenile offenders 11 or younger in the child services system instead of the juvenile courts. It moves to the Assembly (ASSOCIATED PRESS). ...

Crime & Punishment - May 15 2017 | 05-12-2017

Crime In New York The NEW YORK State Court of Appeals unanimously upholds a policy implemented by the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) that allows the state Department of Motor Vehicles to permanently revoke driving privileges for repeat drunk...

Crime & Punishment - May 8 2017 | 05-04-2017

Crime In Wisconsin A federal judge in WISCONSIN rules that the Badger State’s so-called “cocaine mom” law, which allows adult pregnant women suspected of current or past drug or alcohol use that could affect their fetus be held in...

Crime & Punishment - May 1 2017 | 04-28-2017

Crime In Colorado The United States Supreme Court rules that people freed from prison when their convictions are reversed deserve a refund of what they paid in fees, court costs and restitution. The ruling also orders COLORADO to refund several thousand...

Crime & Punishment - April 17 2017 | 04-14-2017

Texas Approves HB 281 The TEXAS House approves HB 281 , which would create a statewide database for DNA evidence from sexual assault. It moves to the Senate (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN). Iowa Approves SB 444 The IOWA Senate gives final approval...

Crime & Punishment - April 10 2017 | 04-07-2017

Alabama Approves HB 36 The ALABAMA House approves HB 36 , which would extend the Heart of Dixie’s so-called “stand your ground” law, which allows people to use deadly force to defend themselves, to include churches. It moves to the...

Crime & Punishment - April 3 2017 | 03-31-2017

Mississippi Lawmakers Approve HB 638 Lawmakers in MISSISSIPPI give final approval to HB 638 , which would allow authorities to use a firing squad to carry out executions. The measure is now with Gov. Phil Bryant (R), who has indicated he will sign...

Crime & Punishment - March 20 2017 | 03-17-2017

New Mexico Approves HB 175 The NEW MEXICO House approves HB 175 , a bill that would prohibit solitary confinement for inmates who are pregnant or under 18 years old. It is now in the Senate (ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL). Mississippi Signs HB 812 MISSISSIPPI...

Crime & Punishment - March 13 2017 | 03-10-2017

US Supreme Court Rules Overturn Colorado Supreme Court Ruling The United States Supreme Court rules that reports of racist comments by jurors may require setting aside a verdict and holding a new trial. The ruling overturns a COLORADO Supreme Court...

Crime & Punishment - March 6 2017 | 03-03-2017

Virginia Approves SB 1091 The VIRGINIA Assembly and Senate approve SB 1091 , which would abolish an Old Dominion law that mandates a person automatically lose their driver’s license for six months for a minor marijuana conviction. The measure...

Crime & Punishment - February 20 2017 | 02-17-2017

South Dakota Rejects HB 1099 The SOUTH DAKOTA House State Affairs Committee rejects HB 1099 , legislation that would have eliminated the possibility of the death penalty for severely mentally ill offenders (ARGUS LEADER [SIOUX FALLS]). Kentucky...

Crime & Punishment - February 13 2017 | 02-10-2017

Crime In Maryland The MARYLAND Court of Appeals unanimously rules that Old Line State judges and court commissioners should look first to ways other than bail to ensure a defendant appears for trial. The seven-member court’s ruling was a compromise...

Crime & Punishment - February 6 2017 | 02-03-2017

Mississippi Approves SB 2469 The MISSISSIPPI Senate approves SB 2469 , so-called “blue lives matter” legislation that makes it a hate crime to target someone for a crime solely because they are a law enforcement officer, firefighter or...

Crime & Punishment - January 23 2017 | 01-20-2017

New Jersey Signs SB 2483 NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs SB 2483 , which restricts access to firearms for people who have been convicted of a domestic violence crime or who are subject to a domestic violence restraining order (NJ.COM)

Crime & Punishment - January 16 2017 | 01-13-2017

CA District Court A CALIFORNIA appeals court strikes down a Golden State law requiring prosecutors, rather than secret grand juries, to decide whether a police officer who kills someone should be charged with a crime. The Third District Court of Appeal...

Crime - December 19 2016 | 12-16-2016

Crime In IL Hoping to reduce recidivism, ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signs SB 3368 , which requires the secretary of state's office to issue a standard Illinois ID card to ex-inmates at the time of release. The inmates must present a birth certificate...

Crime & Punishment - December 12 2016 | 12-09-2016

Crime in Michigan The MICHIGAN House approves SB 291 , which would provide financial compensation and reentry services for people who were wrongly convicted and incarcerated in the Wolverine State. It moves to Gov. Rick Snyder (R) for consideration...

Crime & Punishment - December 5 2016 | 12-02-2016

New York Approves SB 8117 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo approves SB 8117 , which requires that sexual offense evidence, or rape kits, are processed in a timely manner. The law also requires kits to be tracked from the originating police agency to forensic...

Crime & Punishment - November 7 2016 | 11-04-2016

Crime In Montana The MONTANA Supreme Court rules that citizens have a right to trial by jury before the state can take private property in civil forfeiture cases. The ruling brings the Treasure State in line with the majority of other states that have...

Crime & Punishment - October 24 2016 | 10-21-2016

Crime In Florida The FLORIDA Supreme Court rules that death penalty verdicts must be unanimous. The ruling strikes down a Sunshine State law that allowed for capital punishment verdicts when just 10 of 12 jurors agree. It is yet to be determined how...

Crime & Punishment - October 17 2016 | 10-14-2016

Crime In Oregon The OREGON Supreme Court rules that the practice of Beaver State police and postal authorities conducting warrantless searches of mail they suspect of containing illegal drugs is unconstitutional (EUGENE REGISTER-GUARD).

Crime & Punishment - October 10 2016 | 10-07-2016

New Mexico Approves HB 5 The NEW MEXICO House approves HB 5 , which would double the number of crimes covered under the state’s three strikes law. It is now in the Senate (SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN). Crime In New Jersey NEW JERSEY Attorney General...

Crime & Punishment - October 3 2016 | 09-30-2016

Crime In Massachusetts The MASSACHUSETTS Supreme Judicial Court orders Bay State courts to consider whether a black person who walks away from a police officer is attempting to avoid the “recurring indignity of being racially profiled”...

Crime & Punishment - September 19 2016 | 09-16-2016

California Signs SB 839 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 839 , a portion of which makes it a crime for an individual or corporation to breed killer whales, or orcas, in captivity, punishable by a fine of up to $100,000 (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET...

Crime & Punishment - September 12 2016 | 09-09-2016

Crime In Arizona ARIZONA Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) issues a legal opinion that allows people with concealed-carry permits to bring their guns into Grand Canyon State public and private K-12 schools (ARIZONA REPUBLIC [PHOENIX]).

Crime & Punishment - September 5 2016 | 09-02-2016

California Approves AB 2888 The CALIFORNIA Assembly gives final approval to AB 2888 , which would mandate that anyone convicted of rape in the Golden State must receive jail time. The law removes a loophole that allowed judges the discretion to sentence...

Crime & Punishment - August 22 2016 | 08-19-2016

California Approves SB 443 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves SB 443 , which would shield people arrested for but not convicted of crimes from having police seize less than $40,000 of their cash assets. The bill returns to the Senate (SACRAMENTO BEE...

Crime & Punishment - August 15 2016 | 08-12-2016

ALASKA Gov. Bill Walker (I) signs HB 126 , a bill that updates the Alaska National Guard’s Code of Military Justice for the first time in over five decades. The new Code sets regulations for holding soldiers accountable for misconduct in situations...

Crime & Punishment - August 8 2016 | 08-05-2016

The DELAWARE Supreme Court rules that the First State’s death penalty law is unconstitutional because it allows judges, and not juries, the final say on whether to impose a death sentence. Legislation to bar capital punishment passed the Senate...

Crime & Punishment - August 1 2016 | 07-29-2016

Crime in Connecticut The CONNECTICUT Supreme Court reaffirms that a 2012 law abolishing the death penalty in the Constitution State applies to both future sentencing and those persons already sentenced to die for their crimes. The court had reached...

Crime & Punishment - July 18 2016 | 07-15-2016

Crime In AZ The ARIZONA Supreme Court rules that the smell of marijuana is sufficient probable cause for police to search a person’s home or car, even though medical marijuana use is legal in the Grand Canyon State (REUTERS). AK Gov Signs...

Crime & Punishment - July 11 2016 | 07-08-2016

NC Gov Signs HB 972 NORTH CAROLINA Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signs HB 972 , which says footage from police body and dash cameras is not public record. Peripherally, the measure also allows government and private organizations to operate programs allowing...

Crime & Punishment - July 5 2016 | 07-01-2016

Crime In AR The ARKANSAS Supreme Court upholds the Razorback State’s execution secrecy law, which keeps confidential information about lethal injection drugs and suppliers (WASHINGTON POST). MO Gov Signs HB 1562 MISSOURI Gov. Jay Nixon...