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Local Front - November 25 2019 | 11-22-2019

Baltimore City Council Approves New Regulation The BALTIMORE City Council approves a new regulation that bans retailers from offering plastic bags to customers at checkout. The new law allows retailers to use small plastic bags to wrap deli products...

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...

Education - November 18 2019 | 11-15-2019

Utah Board of Education Passes Emergency Regulations Reacting to increasing illnesses and deaths related to vaping, the UTAH Board of Education passes emergency regulations allowing schools to ban electronic cigarettes and vaping devices. The measure...

Health & Science - November 18 2019 | 11-15-2019

Massachusetts House Approves HB 4183 The MASSACHUSETTS House approves HB 4183 , which would make the Bay State the first to completely ban the sale of all flavored vaping and tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes. The measure moves to the...

Social Policy - November 18 2019 | 11-15-2019

7th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals rules that the WISCONSIN Legislature can’t intervene in a lawsuit brought by Planned Parenthood over laws that prevent Badger State nurses from performing abortions and limit...

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...

The Local Front - November 11 2019 | 11-08-2019

CA City LA Temporarily Suspends The City of LOS ANGELES temporarily suspends rideshare company Uber’s permit to rent electric scooters and bicycles on city streets and sidewalks. The suspension comes over a dispute between the city and Uber over...

Local Front - November 4 2019 | 11-01-2019

New York City Council Approves Ordinance The NEW YORK City Council approves an ordinance that would establish at least 20 waste collection zones, with service split up between three companies. Those firms would be selected through a city bidding process...

Education - October 21 2019 | 10-18-2019

California Governor Signs SB 328 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs SB 328 , which makes the Golden State the first to mandate that high schools and middle schools start later in the morning. The law will be phased in, requiring that by July 1...

Social Policy - October 21 2019 | 10-18-2019

California Governor Signs AB 32 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs AB 32 , which makes the Golden State the first to ban both for-profit, private prisons and civil detention centers. As of January 1, 2020 the state will be barred from entering...

Local Front - October 21 2019 | 10-18-2019

California Governor Vetoes SB 127 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) vetoes SB 127 , which would have required state transportation agencies to create safer and better sidewalks, bike lanes and cross walks on state highways that run through communities...

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...

Education - October 14 2019 | 10-11-2019

California Governor Vetoes AB 773 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) vetoes AB 773 , which would have required the state to develop curriculum for 12th graders on voter registration and voting (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE). California Governor...

Energy - October 14 2019 | 10-11-2019

CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs AB 1166 , which will require natural gas utilities to supply “electronic positive response” to regional utility notification centers before excavations. Those notification centers will then be required...

Environment - October 14 2019 | 10-11-2019

California Governor Signs AB 187 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs AB 187 , which requires mattress recycling organizations to review their plans for the recovery and recycling of used mattresses and to determine whether amendments are necessary...

Health & Science - October 14 2019 | 10-11-2019

New York Governor Signs AB 1092 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs SB 1092 , which bars medical professionals from performing pelvic exams on an anesthetized or unconscious person without informed consent. The law takes effect 180 days from that...

Social Policy - October 14 2019 | 10-11-2019

New York Governor Signs AB 7584 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 7584 , which amends the criminal procedure law to clarify that individuals convicted of petty offenses will have their records sealed by default (NEW YORK GOVERNOR’S OFFICE...

Local Front - October 14 2019 | 10-11-2019

California Governor Signs AB 1482 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs AB 1482 , which caps annual rent increases at 5 percent plus the rate of inflation and bars landlords from evicting tenants without just cause (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE...

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...

Education - October 7 2019 | 10-04-2019

California Governor Vetoes AB 710 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) vetoes AB 710 , which would have required Golden State colleges and universities to post on their websites information about the cost of attending those institutions (LEXISNEXIS STATE...

Energy - October 4 2019 | 10-04-2019

California Governor Signs Several Bills CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs several bills regulating power shutoffs during wildfires and other natural disasters, including: SB 167 , which requires investor-owned utilities to outline protocols in...

Environment - October 7 2019 | 10-04-2019

California Governor Signs AB 65 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs AB 65 , which requires the State Coastal Conservancy to prioritize projects that use natural infrastructure to help adapt to climate change (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET).

Health & Science - October 7 2019 | 10-04-2019

The Missouri Department Of Social Services Makes Announcement The MISSOURI Department of Social Services announces that people participating in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program who hold a doctor-issued medical cannabis card allowing...

Social Policy - October 7 2019 | 10-04-2019

Georgia Judge Blocks Abortion Ban A district judge in GEORGIA issues a temporary order blocking a Peach State law that would ban most abortions once a doctor can detect fetal cardiac activity. The ruling by District Judge Steve C. Jones’ blocks...

Local Front - October 7 2019 | 10-04-2019

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approves Legislation The LOS ANGELES County Board of Supervisors unanimously approves legislation to end the sale of all flavored tobacco products – including flavored e-cigarettes and menthol...

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...

Energy - September 23 2019 | 09-20-2019

New Hampshire House Fails to Override Governor's Veto of HB 365 The NEW HAMPSHIRE House fails to override Gov. Chris Sununu’s (R) veto of HB 365 , which would have raised from 1 megawatt to 5 the limit on how much solar and hydropower towns...

Environment - September 23 2019 | 09-20-2019

Trump Administration Announces Plans to Revoke Longstanding Federal Rule The Trump administration announces plans to revoke a longstanding federal rule that allows CALIFORNIA to establish stricter emissions standards than required by federal law. State...

Health & Science - September 23 2019 | 09-20-2019

Utah Legislature Unanimously Endorses SB 1002 The UTAH Legislature unanimously endorses SB 1002 , which would scrap a proposed state-centralized system for delivering cannabis to patients in favor of leaving distribution in the hands of private businesses...

Social Policy - September 23 2019 | 09-20-2019

New Hampshire House Sustains Veto of HB 109 The NEW HAMPSHIRE House sustains the veto by Gov. Chris Sununu (R) of HB 109 , a bill that would have required a criminal background check for commercial firearms sales (NEW HAMPSHIRE PUBLIC RADIO). ...

Local Front - September 23 2019 | 09-20-2019

Arizona Supreme Court Rules in Phoenix Ordinance The ARIZONA Supreme Court rules that a PHOENIX ordinance that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination cannot be used to force artists to create custom wedding invitations...

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...

Education - September 16 2019 | 09-13-2019

California Governor Signs SB 419 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs SB 419 , which permanently prohibits willful defiance suspensions in grades four and five and bans such suspensions in grades six through eight for five years. The measure takes...

Environment - September 16 2019 | 09-13-2019

California Assembly Gives Final Approval to AB 342 The CALIFORNIA Assembly gives final approval to AB 342 , which would bar new oil and gas wells in national parks and other protected areas in the Golden State. It moves to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who...

Health & Science - September 16 2019 | 09-13-2019

California Governor Signs SB 276 and SB 714 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs two vaccine-related measures: SB 276 , which would allow the state to investigate doctors who grant more than five medical vaccine exemptions in a single year, and SB...

Immigration - September 16 2019 | 09-13-2019

California Assembly Gives Final Approval to AB 589 The CALIFORNIA Assembly gives final approval to AB 589 , which makes it a crime for an employer to confiscate a worker’s immigration documents as a way to force them into labor. The measure,...

Social Policy - September 16 2019 | 09-13-2019

Federal Judge In North Dakota Blocks State Law A federal judge in NORTH DAKOTA blocks a state law enacted earlier this year that required physicians to tell women they may reverse a so-called medication abortion if they have second thoughts. State...

Local Front - September 16 2019 | 09-13-2019

California Senate Gives Final Approval to SB 330 The CALIFORNIA Senate gives final approval to SB 330 , which would temporarily ban cities from imposing a moratorium on new housing construction, prohibit the changing of local zoning laws to outlaw...

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). ...

Education - September 9 2019 | 09-06-2019

California Senate Appropriations Committee Holds AB 376 The CALIFORNIA Senate Appropriations Committee holds AB 376 , a bill that would have established a student loan borrower’s bill of rights, hired a state borrower advocate to respond to consumer...

Environment - September 9 2019 | 09-06-2019

California Senate Appropriations Committee Declines to Endorse AB 572 The CALIFORNIA Senate Appropriations Committee declines to endorse AB 572 , a bill that would have barred the state from doing business with companies whose products contributed...

Social Policy - September 9 2019 | 09-06-2019

California Governor Signs SB 245 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs SB 245 , which allows military veterans to have adoption fees waived for dogs and cats available at animal shelters (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). California Governor Signs SB 192...

Local Front - September 9 2019 | 09-06-2019

Seattle City Council Approves Bike Lane Ordinance The SEATTLE City Council unanimously approves an ordinance requiring the city Department of Transportation to build protected bike lanes any time those lanes are included in the city’s long-term...

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...

Environment - September 3 2019 | 08-30-2019

Delaware Governor Signs HB 65 DELAWARE Gov. John Carney (D) signs HB 65 , which bars covenants or other restrictions that would halt or unreasonably limit the use of roof or ground-mounted residential solar systems. The measure also lowers the voting...

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...

Local Front - September 3 2019 | 08-30-2019

North Carolina Governor vetoes HB 370 NORTH CAROLINA Gov. Roy Cooper (D) vetoes HB 370 , which would have required sheriffs in the state to closely cooperate with federal immigration enforcement or face removal from office (CNN). Birminghan Mayor...

The Local Front - August 19 2019 | 08-15-2019

Portland City Council Approves The PORTLAND City Council approves charging landlords an annual $60 registration fee, with the funds designated to go to a new city agency that tracks tenant complaints about negligent landlords and enforces fair housing...

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...