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OR: Kate Brown to be sworn in as Oregon governor today
Secretary of State Kate Brown, a Democrat, will be sworn in as Oregon’s 38th governor today following Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber’s decision to resign last week. She said she will “lay out a series of immediate reforms needed to restore the public’s trust in government.”
OH: Anti-abortion fetal ‘heartbeat bill’ back in the Ohio Legislature
Lawmakers in the Ohio House are once again seeking to make Ohio’s abortion laws among the strictest in the nation by introducing a bill that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
NV: Nevada Republicans introduce voter identification bill
Nevada Republicans have introduced a bill that would require a form of identification in order to vote. The bill’s sponsor said it is modeled after an Indiana law that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld after determining it didn’t present an unconstitutional burden to voting.
NY: New York delivers lawsuit to UPS
New York state and New York City plan to file a joint $180 million lawsuit today against the shipping giant UPS for allegedly delivering nearly 700,000 cartons (more than 78,500 illegal shipments in all) in New York from unlicensed vendors on Indian reservations between 2010 and 2014. The shipments add up to $29.7 million in lost tax revenue, according to a release.
PA: Not always sunny: Wolf slams visit by Florida governor
Depending on whom you talk to, Republican Gov. Rick Scott of Florida is coming to Philadelphia next week either to woo companies to the sunnier, more tax-friendly South, or “poaching” Pennsylvania jobs. Either way, Pennsylvania’s new Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is not amused, calling the trip “a political stunt.”
ND: North Dakota Senate rejects sales tax exemption for clothing
The North Dakota Senate has defeated a measure that would have exempted clothing from the state’s sales tax, after the bill’s sponsor said brick-and-mortar retailers are being “besieged” by Internet sales and losing out to neighboring states that don’t tax clothing.
TX: Immigration attorneys, feds mull options after ruling
Texas immigration attorneys are telling their clients not to panic following a federal court ruling that temporarily halted President Barack Obama’s November executive action.
WI: Governor’s budget again declines federal money for Medicaid expansion
Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal once again turns away federal money to expand the state’s Medicaid programs. Democrats had called on Walker to take money to expand Wisconsin’s health programs for the needy and save the state up to $345 million over the next two years.
MN: Governor says $6 billion would buy 607 road, bridge projects in Minnesota
Breaking a long-standing tradition that governors not release a list of road and bridge projects before legislators pass a funding bill, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton released a list of 607 projects across the state that he said would not be built if his transportation proposal is rejected.
UT: Stripped-down health plan advances to Senate showdown
A stripped-down version of Medicaid expansion drew opposition from Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s administration, but is moving to the full Senate for debate, where it will run into the governor’s Healthy Utah proposal.
VT: Slim chance of pot legalization this year
A state senator has filed a long-promised bill to legalize marijuana in the state, but the chairs of two key legislative committees are giving it little chance for passage this year.
CT: Governor’s $100 billion transportation plan includes initial design, not construction
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will release a 30-year, $100 billion transportation plan that includes a five-year, $10 billion buildup to get projects started. The proposal, largely for design, includes highway, bridge, rail and bus proposals, along with $100 million for bike trails.
SD: South Dakota distillers tip a glass to legislators
The South Dakota Senate has given final approval to a bill that would let distillers of fine spirits directly market their products to liquor stores, bars and taverns.
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