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NJ: Unions to sue Christie over shortchanged pension payment in proposed New Jersey budget
Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed 2016 budget, which he introduced last week amid a call for sweeping new pension reforms, includes a .3 billion pension payment that’s nearly two times this year’s contribution but still far below what Christie agreed to under a 2011 pension overhaul. The unions want to force him to more than double the amount.
AL: Alabama high court orders halt to same-sex marriage licenses
The Alabama Supreme Court ordered probate judges Tuesday to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in apparent defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court, underscoring the depth of opposition to gay matrimony in the socially conservative state.
TN: Tennessee lawmakers prepare for onslaught of gun bills
A barrage of proposals aimed at easing restrictions on where and when Tennesseans can carry or have guns will be up for debate soon at the General Assembly.
CO: Legislators consider plans, protections for older Coloradans
Colorado lawmakers will consider a package of bills they say will boost the middle class by supporting and protecting the state’s older residents.
WV: West Virginia governor vetoes 20-week abortion bill
Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin again has refused to sign into law a bill passed this time by the Republican-led legislature that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks. The legislature last year, led by Democrats, passed a similar bill that Tomblin vetoed.
ID: Seven Idaho senators miss Hindu opening prayer
Three said their absence was unrelated to the prayer — they were just running late from other meetings. But three said they stayed away on purpose, and a fourth questioned why a Christian prayer wasn’t offered as well.
AK: Daylight savings time bill springs forward in Alaska legislature
A Senate committee advanced a bill that would eliminate daylight savings time in Alaska and allow for consideration of another time zone in the state.
UT: Healthy Utah to be heard by House committee along with new Medicaid proposal
Republican House Speaker Greg Hughes is letting the governor’s Healthy Utah plan be heard by a House committee, but it will go head-to-head with an alternative Medicaid expansion plan proposed by Hughes’ second-in-command, Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan.
NM: Lawmakers resort to ‘sweeping’ funds from New Mexico agencies
A .2 billion spending plan for next year—approved last month in the House and pending in the Senate—takes money from various state funds, most of which are generally limited for specific uses.
TX: Vaccine debate puts spotlight on state registry
When patients in Texas turn 18, they have to give the state permission to keep their vaccination records in its electronic registry. Otherwise they’re expunged. But some lawmakers and doctors are attempting to change that.
LA: State hospital operators say Jindal budget leaves them short
Private operators of the state-owned hospitals previously run by Louisiana State University asked for million more than Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal proposes to spend on them in the fiscal year that begins July 1. Jindal’s budget would maintain this year’s .2 billion combined state and federal spending level.
KY: Bill protecting dating couples in Kentucky moves toward passage
A bill that would extend civil court protections to dating partners, now available only to spouses and unmarried couples who have a child or have lived together, appears on its way to becoming law in Kentucky.
OH: million raised for Ohio marijuana proposal
Investors, including former basketball star Oscar Robertson and fashion designed Nanette Lepore, have raised at least million to fund a campaign to legalize marijuana in Ohio. The proposal, which would have to be approved by voters, would let investors purchase commercial growing sites.
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