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CA: Governor signs California paid sick leave bill
The law will create the nation’s largest expansion of paid worker sick leave, affecting more than 6.5 million employees who have no paid sick days—roughly 40 percent of the workforce in the state.
MO: Republicans kill filibuster, force abortion waiting period into law
Missouri Republicans made history late Wednesday night, turning to a rarely used procedural move to kill a filibuster and override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a law tripling the waiting period to have an abortion.
TX: Texas not moving to make voter IDs available
Texas Senate Democrats say their request for more mobile units on streets to give voters without an acceptable photo ID a chance to get one before November’s election have been ignored by the state’s Republican leaders.
HI: Hawaii is sued to cover autism care
A class-action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court seeks to require the state to cover the cost of applied behavior analysis, or ABA treatment, for children with autism who are on Medicaid.
US: The next gay rights frontier: The South
A gay advocacy group is pouring .5 million into an effort to push the needle of public opinion in the Deep South, and Rob Hill is the face of that campaign in Mississippi, urging local officials to be on what he describes as the right side of history.
OH: Ohio Chamber makes rare endorsement for governor
The Ohio Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Republican Gov. John Kasich’s re-election, marking just the second time in more than a century the organization has endorsed a candidate for governor.
WV: State cutbacks are ‘devastating’ West Virginia’s racing industry
Thoroughbred and greyhound breeders told legislators that cuts in state subsidies of racing purses are devastating West Virginia’s racing industry.
WA: Washington gun rights advocates wonder: Where is the NRA?
Gun rights advocates are being vastly outspent by gun control backers in campaigns for two upcoming ballot measures. Some are starting to wonder whether the NRA cares.
SC: Harrell indictment brings calls to resign
Republican House Speaker Bobby Harrell, one of the South Carolina legislature’s most powerful leaders, used more than ,000 in his campaign account for personal expenses, prosecutors are alleging in a nine-count indictment.
NM: Unions pack PAC with election cash
Labor unions have contributed ,000 in the past two months to a Democratic-leaning political group that has been a top spender in New Mexico’s legislative races.
KY: Kentucky House Republicans take cue from successful Alabama campaign
The Republican platform to wrest control of the Kentucky House away from Democrats borrows heavily from a successful plan used in 2010 in Alabama.
CO: Colorado short thousands of volunteer firefighters
The Colorado State Fire Chiefs Association estimates that the state is short 3,500 volunteer firefighters, or 40 percent of its current force. Volunteers protect about half of Colorado’s residents, with volunteer departments being responsible for about 70 percent of the state’s land surface.
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