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OH: U.S. Supreme Court blocks early voting in Ohio
The nation’s highest court granted an emergency plea from state officials to block a lower court’s order expanding statewide early voting days and times. The last-minute decision means early voting will not start Tuesday, but instead will be delayed one week.
NJ: New Jersey lawmakers approve bill requiring hospitals to teach family how to care for discharged patients
Recognizing the important role of a spouse, relative or a friend when a patient is discharged from a hospital, the state legislature has passed a bill that will require hospitals to provide designated caregivers with detailed instructions and training on how to carry out their responsibilities.
CA: California’s new law cracks down on sexual assault on college campuses
California has become the first state to enact a so-called “yes means yes” rule defining consensual sexual activity and creating a new legal standard in cases of sexual assaults on college campuses.
TN: Amendment would ban any new local income taxes in Tennessee
Thirteen years after protesters stormed the Capitol over a state income tax that lawmakers were considering, Tennesseans will decide Nov. 4 whether to permanently ban any new state or local personal income or payroll tax in the state.
DC: The big question about D.C.’s ‘yoga tax’: Should it apply to yoga?
The District of Columbia yoga community is arguing that the sales tax extension, which goes into effect Wednesday, shouldn’t apply to yoga studios. The tax is on facilities devoted to “physical exercise,” and yoga, they say, is much more than that.
LA: Teachers union sues Louisiana to block million in charter school funding
The Louisiana Association of Educators has sued Louisiana to block the state from using its main school budget to fund certain types of charter schools, saying such funding is unconstitutional.
NM: Health insurance cancellations coming for 30,000
About 30,000 New Mexicans are about to see their individual health insurance plans go away as part of a statewide push to ensure all coverage sold there meets minimum requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
UT: Utahns evenly split as U.S. Supreme Court considers gay marriage
Support for same-sex marriage in Utah remains split, a new poll reveals, although a majority of Utahns believe the state’s ban on gay and lesbian unions ultimately won’t survive.
NY: State wants approval to import medical pot
The state health department has requested an unprecedented federal waiver that would allow it to import small amounts of medical marijuana until cannabidiol can be safely cultivated and dispensed by licensed organizations in New York as allowed under a new state law.
WI: More Wisconsin school districts move to provide mental health services
A growing number of Wisconsin school districts are putting licensed therapists with experience in children’s mental health in elementary, middle and high schools.
HI: Lawmakers to hear from Honolulu police on domestic violence
The meeting today comes amid public criticism of the Honolulu Police Department’s handling of a case involving a police sergeant accused of beating his girlfriend.
TX: Debating what’s more sacred: private land or public beaches
Texas has long prided itself on its Open Beaches Act, which guarantees public access to beaches along most of the state’s 367-mile Gulf Coast. But public beach advocates say a growing property rights movement could endanger that guarantee.
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