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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...

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...

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...

Social Policy - November 11 2019 | 11-08-2019

OH Senate Approves SB 155 & SB 208 The OHIO Senate approves two abortion measures: SB 155 , a bill that would require doctors to inform women about the option to reverse a medication abortion, a claim not supported by the medical establishment...

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...

Eight States Have Passed Insurance Industry Data Security Law | 11-01-2019

Eight states have enacted some version of the Data Security Model Law adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) in 2017, according to the National Law Review. Three of the states did so in 2018, with the other five enacting...

State, Local Governments in OH Team Up on Opioid Lawsuits | 11-01-2019

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) and Attorney General Dave Yost (R) met for over three hours last month with attorneys and elected officials from cities and counties across the state seeking damages from drug makers and distributors over the opioid crisis. ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Voting Machines Could Lack 2020 Paper Trail | 08-15-2019

More than 15 million Americans in eight states will likely vote in 2020 on voting machines without any paper backup, despite calls from elections efforts for auditable paper trails in light of known efforts by foreign governments to tinker with U.S. elections...

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...

DeWine Unveils OH Gun Reform Proposal | 08-09-2019

In the wake of the nation’s latest (as of this writing) mass shooting, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) proposed a package of reforms to his state’s gun regulations. The hard part will be not having them instantly shot down by his fellow Republicans...

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...

Local Front - August 5 2019 | 08-02-2019

Cleveland City Council Approves New Regulations The CLEVELAND City Council approves new regulations that require landlords to pay for private inspections and obtain lead-safe certificates for rental units. Property owners will also be required to inform...

Medicaid Work Requirements Approved for Nine States | 07-19-2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved waivers allowing the imposition of work requirements for Medicaid enrollees in nine states, according to the National Academy for State Health Policy. Approved waivers have been blocked by legal...

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...

STRESSED OUT, STRESS FREE | 07-19-2019

If you live in Detroit, Cleveland or Newark, odds are good the stress level in your world is pretty high. Conversely, if you reside in Fremont, California or Bismarck, North Dakota, life is likely a much smoother ride. Those conclusions are according...

Local Governments Shine Light on Public Surveillance | 07-12-2019

In May the Board of Supervisors for the City and County of San Francisco approved an ordinance banning the use of facial recognition technology by all city departments. It’s the only major U.S. city to have taken such action against the emerging...

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...

Moody’s Slams Seven States for Failing to Pass Budget | 07-08-2019

Seven states suffer from weak governance, according to a report released last week by credit-rating agency Moody’s Investor Service. What earned those states - Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island and Wisconsin...

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...

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.

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...

Mills Signs Strict ME Data Privacy Bill | 06-07-2019

Saying that “Maine people value their privacy, online and off,” Gov. Janet Mills (D) signed one of the toughest data privacy measures in the nation last week. Under SB 275 , which Mills signed last Thursday, Pine Tree State Internet...

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...

SCOTUS Stays Redistricting Decisions in MI, OH | 05-31-2019

The U.S. Supreme Court has suspended two lower court rulings requiring new congressional district maps to be drawn in Michigan and Ohio, pending a decision by the justices on the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering. Lower courts had ruled...

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...

Gas Tax Hikes Not Long-Term Fix for Transportation Funding | 05-10-2019

Since 2013, 31 states have raised their gas taxes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures . Four states - Alabama, Arkansas, Ohio and Virginia - have done so this year. And Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin could be next...

Speaking of Wasting Time | 05-10-2019

The Arizona House isn’t the only legislative body with its collective head up...in the clouds. As Cleveland.com reports , a pair of lawmakers in the Ohio House have introduced legislation to adopt an official Buckeye State cookie. The measure has...

Medicaid Work Requirements under Fire | 04-19-2019

The Trump administration is plunging ahead with waivers that will encourage states to impose controversial work requirements on Medicaid recipients despite a federal judge’s ruling striking down such requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky. ...

Medicaid Work Requirements Approved in Nine States and Counting | 04-19-2019

Nine states have received federal approval for waivers allowing them to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients. A federal judge has struck down the requirements in two of those states, Arkansas and Kentucky. But waivers are pending in another...

Bitcoin Tax Experiment Off to Slow Start in OH | 04-19-2019

This tax season, as part of an effort to attract blockchain-based companies to the state, Ohio gave businesses that operate there the option of paying their taxes with bitcoin. Home furnishings company Overstock was one company that took the state...

State Lawmakers Turning to Local Office for Next Job | 04-19-2019

The usual next step up the ladder for state legislators is statewide office or Congress. But some are now heading in the opposite direction and running for mayor. One attraction is that the job generally pays better than most part-time legislatures...

Social Policy - April 15 2019 | 04-12-2019

OH Governor Signs SB 23 OHIO Gov. Mike DeWine (R) signs SB 23 , which bans Buckeye State doctors from performing an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, roughly six weeks into pregnancy. The measure would also allow for doctors who perform...

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

LEGAL SPORTS BETTING GENERATING LESS REVENUE THAN EXPECTED Revenue from sports betting has fallen well short of projections in four of the six states that legalized such wagering soon after the Supreme Court authorized it last year. RHODE ISLAND’s...

Governors in Brief - March 25 2019 | 03-22-2019

LAMONT REVISES CT SCHOOL SERVICES MEASURE CONNECTICUT Gov. Ned Lamont (D) recast a proposal to create a state commission tasked with encouraging Constitution State schools to cut costs by sharing more essential services. Many critics said SB 874 as...

Health & Science - March 25 2019 | 03-22-2019

US Center for Medicare and Medicaid Gives OH Approval The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gives OHIO approval to impose work requirements for those covered by Medicaid expansion. Under those rules, recipients will need to either be...

Most 5G Laws Enacted in Red States | 03-15-2019

As of mid-February, 21 states had passed laws streamlining regulations for the deployment of 5G or small-cell technology. In 12 of those states, Republicans controlled both chambers of the legislature and the governor’s office when the laws were...

Pendulum Swing on Voting Rights? | 03-15-2019

Over the past decade, many states, citing concerns about voter fraud, have enacted voting restrictions, such as photo ID requirements and early voting reductions. It looked as though voter purges would be the next phase of that movement, after the U.S...

Governors in Brief - March 18 2019 | 03-15-2019

EVERS SEEKS ROLLBACK OF WALKER-ERA WI WORK LAWS The budget proposed by WISCONSIN Gov. Tony Evers (D) would roll back several employment laws implemented under former Gov. Scott Walker (R), including a repeal of the state’s so-called “right...

Budgets in Brief - February 25 2019 | 02-22-2019

CT GOV PROPOSES SODA TAX CONNECTICUT Gov. Ned Lamont (D) unveiled a budget proposal last week calling for a new 1.5 cents per ounce tax on sodas and other sugar-sweetened drinks that would generate an estimated $163 million in new revenue next fiscal...

Governors in Brief - February 25 2019 | 02-22-2019

NEWSOM WANTS TO STEP UP CA POT ENFORCEMENT Citing a lack of cohesive enforcement to stamp out CALIFORNIA’s illegal marijuana market, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced expanded efforts by the state National Guard to work with federal officials to...

Budgets in Brief - February 18 2019 | 02-15-2019

OH FACING $1B ROAD FUNDING SHORTFALL Jack Marchbanks, head of OHIO’s Department of Transportation, told the state House Finance Committee last week that the department is facing a revenue shortfall of $1 billion a year over the next decade. He...

Most States Prepared for Next Recession | 01-18-2019

It’s been 9 1/2 years since the last U.S. recession - the second-longest period between economic downturns on record. The economy still appears to be going strong. But there are signs trouble may not be far off. The good news for states is that...

Budgets in Brief - January 21 2019 | 01-18-2019

BIG TRANSPORTATION FUNDING PROBLEM IN OH OHIO has run out of money for major road projects. A coalition of local governments, chambers of commerce, contractors, engineers and truck drivers called Fix Our Roads Ohio has formed to push for solutions...