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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...

Consumer Data Privacy Bills Introduced in Half of States in 2019 | 11-22-2019

As of mid-October, 26 states had introduced legislation this year dealing with the privacy of consumer data, according to analysis of LexisNexis State Net legislative data by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Seven of those states had enacted...

Governors in Brief - November 25 2019 | 11-22-2019

Raimondo Will Seek Legal RI Pot in 2020 Calling it “the next logical step” after legalizing medical use, RHODE ISLAND Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) said she will make another attempt to legalize adult recreational marijuana use in the Ocean State...

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...

States Weigh More Bans on Vaping | 11-08-2019

As public health officials confront an outbreak of lung injuries linked to vaping from e-cigarettes, a patchwork of state and local responses have cropped up in lieu of federal regulation. But with a developing and not yet fully understood problem...

Handful of States Ban Vaping | 11-08-2019

As of Oct. 15, governors or public health agencies in seven states had imposed temporary bans on the sale of vaping products, four of which had been at least partially blocked by legal challenges, according to Time . At least five states have also introduced...

Newsom Taking Wait and See Stance on NCAA Ruling | 11-01-2019

Calling it “a step in the right direction," California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said the state would closely monitor the NCAA’s decision to move toward allowing college athletes to profit from the use of their likeness, image or name. ...

Trump Administration Sued by Many Mostly Democrat-Led States | 10-18-2019

As of October 17, 68 lawsuits had been initiated against the Trump administration via a complaint or petition filed by multiple states, according to data compiled by Dr. Paul Nolette, an associate professor of political science at Marquette University...

$1B in Red Light Camera Tickets Issued Over Past Decade in IL | 10-18-2019

Over the past decade, more than 10 million red light camera tickets - $1 billion worth - have been issued to Illinois drivers, according to a new study by the libertarian Illinois Policy Institute. That finding has revived an effort in the state’s...

Jerry Brown in Spaaaaaace | 10-18-2019

By now we all know that former California Gov. Jerry Brown received his famous (or infamous if you ask Brown) nickname “Governor Moonbeam” from the equally notable – and equally curmudgeonly – Chicago newspaper columnist Mike Royko...

Over Half of States Consider Consumer Data Privacy Bills in 2019 | 10-04-2019

At least 27 states have considered legislation this year dealing with the privacy of consumer data, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures . Consumer data privacy bills were enacted in six of those states, while measures are still...

States Save for Inevitable Rainy Day | 09-20-2019

Many states have learned lessons from the Great Recession of 2007-09 and are better prepared for the next economic downturn, according to findings by the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) and other analysts. “Rainy day...

Rainy-Day Fund Balances Vary Widely Across States | 09-20-2019

Wyoming has the largest estimated fiscal year 2019 rainy-day fund balance as a percentage of total state expenditures, at 109 percent, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers’ Spring 2019 Fiscal Survey of States . California...

And Now It’s Personal | 09-20-2019

Illinois state Rep. Jaime Andrade is tired of all the mess pigeons make at the Irving Park Blue Line train station in Chicago. Admittedly, some problems are harder to see than others. Uh, not this one. While talking about the issue to TV reporters last...

Online Sports Betting | 09-13-2019

There was a time when, if you weren’t in Las Vegas and you wanted to put some money down on a football game – say $100 that the Rams would cover the spread on Sunday – you needed to talk to a bookie. So, you picked up your phone. ...

One Third of States Allow Sports Betting | 09-13-2019

At least 18 states allow sports betting either in-person at casinos and other gambling facilities, or online via computer or mobile phone, according to the website BettingUSA.com. Eleven of those states allow both, while six allow only in-person sports...

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

VA GOV VOWS END TO LAWSUITS AGAINST PATIENTS VIRGINIA Gov. Ralph Northam (D) said he would work with University of Virginia James Ryan to end the widespread practice of aggressively pursuing former patients for unpaid medical bills. A recent investigation...

Government Cybersecurity Bills Introduced in Nearly 3/4 of States in 2019 | 09-06-2019

At least 37 states have introduced legislation this year dealing with the cybersecurity of government agencies, 24 of which have enacted such measures, according to information from the National Conference of State Legislatures and LexisNexis State Net...

Excessive CEO Compensation | 08-30-2019

It’s a good time to be a CEO in America. Various studies show that CEOs of major corporations made hundreds of times what their workers earned in average pay last year. According to data compiled by the Associated Press , average CEO compensation...

Handful of States Consider Taxing Disproportionate CEO Pay | 08-30-2019

Lawmakers in at least three states have introduced legislation this year that would impose a tax on corporations that pay their chief executive officers far more than their average workers, according to Inequality.org, a project of the Washington, D.C...

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...

Education - September 3 2019 | 08-30-2019

Arizona Board of Regents Approves Proposal The ARIZONA Board of Regents unanimously approves a proposal to charge undocumented students who graduate from high school in the Grand Canyon State 150 percent of the in-state tuition rate, a 50 percent reduction...

Health & Science - September 3 2019 | 08-30-2019

Washington State Health Officer Issues Statewide Standing Order WASHINGTON State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy issues a statewide standing order to allow any person or organization in the state to purchase the overdose reversal drug naloxone from a...

Immigration - September 3 2019 | 08-30-2019

Illinois Governor Signs SB 1290 ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signs SB 1290 , which bars landlords from intimidating or threatening to disclose immigrants’ citizenship status to any person, agency, or law enforcement officer. If that happens...

Social Policy - September 3 2019 | 08-30-2019

New Jersey Appeals Court Rules the State Can Move Ahead A NEW JERSEY appeals court rules the state can move ahead with a new law allowing terminally ill patients to seek life-ending drugs. The plaintiffs seeking to overturn the law indicated they would...

Taxes and Fees Could Bust Chicago Casino Before It Starts | 08-15-2019

Chicago’s play for a casino authorized by a new state law may be a bust because of its onerous tax and fee setup. Legislation signed into law in June by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) authorized a Chicago casino, which was sought by local...

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...

Education - August 19 2019 | 08-15-2019

NY Governor Signs AB 5842 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 5842 , a bill that adds bus drivers to the list of mandated reporters of abuse in private schools (ALBANY TIMES-UNION, NEW YORK GOVERNOR’S OFFICE). IL Governor Signs HB 246...

Health & Science - August 19 2019 | 08-15-2019

NH Governor Signs SB 258 NEW HAMPSHIRE Gov. Chris Sununu (R) signs SB 258 , a bill that adds primary care physicians and pediatricians to the list of doctors who can bill the state Medicaid program for visits that happen by phone or video conference...

Social Policy - August 19 2019 | 08-15-2019

IL Governor Signs HB 3390 ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signs HB 3390 , which requires that kennels in the Prairie State be staffed at all times or have a sprinkler system or fire alarm that automatically notifies first responders of a fire (DAILY...

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...

Politics in Brief - August 12 2019 | 08-09-2019

OR GOV SIGNS ELECTION BILLS OREGON Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed legislation this month that will allow Oregonians to mail in their election ballots for free starting with the November 2020 contests. Brown also signed a measure that will require so-called...

Health & Science - August 12 2019 | 08-09-2019

Acting Governor Signs A Trio of Gun-related Measures Acting NEW JERSEY Gov. Sheila Oliver (D) signs a trio of gun-related measures: SB 3301 , which requires the Garden State Department of Health to establish a hospital-based violence intervention plan...

States Adding Biometrics to Data Privacy Battle | 08-02-2019

At the start of this year, many observers believed states might be lining up to duplicate California’s tough new data privacy law, set to go into effect next year. That rush didn’t quite materialize, but that doesn’t mean lawmakers completely...

Biometric Data Privacy Bills Considered in Over Half of States | 08-02-2019

At least 26 states have introduced bills this session dealing with the collection and use of biometric information, such as fingerprints, speech patterns or gait, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures and LexisNexis State...

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

NEWSOM SIGNS OFF ON CA CLEAN DRINKING WATER FUND CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed SB 200 , legislation that authorizes the use of $130 million in funds initially targeted for greenhouse gas reduction to instead pay for a clean drinking water...

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...

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...

Immigration - August 5 2019 | 08-02-2019

ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signs two immigration measures: HB 836 , which ensures children are able to have short-term guardians if they have a parent detained or deported by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and House Bill...

Government Surveillance | 07-12-2019

Local governments in at least four states have passed ordinances in 2018 or 2019 restricting the use of surveillance technology by government entities, according to the American Civil Liberties Union’s Community Control Over Police Surveillance...

Cities, State Ban Cashless Businesses | 07-08-2019

At least two cities, Philadelphia and San Francisco, and one state, New Jersey ( AB 591 ), have passed legislation requiring businesses to accept cash, according to the online and print business magazine Fast Company and LexisNexis State Net’s local...

Politics in Brief - July 8 2019 | 07-08-2019

FL ENACTS FINANCIAL LIMIT ON FELON VOTING FLORIDA Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a bill last month requiring former felons to pay all court fees, fines and victim restitution they owe before being allowed to vote. That requirement would potentially disenfranchise...

Governors in Brief - July 8 2019 | 07-08-2019

PRITZKER ISSUES IL TRANSGENDER STUDENT EO ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) issued Executive Order 19-11 , aimed at protecting the Prairie State’s transgender, nonbinary and gender nonconforming students. The governor’s directive creates...

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...

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]. ...

Environment - July 1 2019 | 06-28-2019

IL Governor Signs SB 1852 ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signs SB 1852 , which requires Prairie State sterilization facilities to prevent leaks of ethylene oxide into surrounding neighborhoods and reduce legally allowable pollution emitted through...

Immigration - July 1 2019 | 06-28-2019

NY Governor Signs AB 3675 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 3675 , legislation that will allow unauthorized immigrants to obtain an Empire State driver’s license. The law goes into effect in 180 days (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS). IL Governor...

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.

Social Policy - June 17 2019 | 06-14-2019

IL Governor Signs SB 25 ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signs SB 25 , which codifies that women in the Prairie State have the “fundamental right” to have an abortion, and that a “fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent...

IL Nursing Homes Could Soon Face Fines for Understaffing | 06-07-2019

Nursing homes in Illinois have been among the most understaffed in the nation, according to an investigation last year by Kaiser Health News and the Chicago Tribune . But that could change as a result of legislation passed by state lawmakers this month...