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FL: Florida bill would allow bias against same-sex couples in adoptions
After a three-hour debate, the Florida House advanced a controversial “conscience protection” bill that would allow private adoption agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex couples.
TX: Bill would hurt plan to build Texas high-speed rail line
A Senate committee passed a bill that would hobble a private company’s plan to build a $12 billion high-speed rail line from Dallas to Houston. Behind the action: Concern that private landowners would see their land taken against their will for the project.
AK: Alaska House passes bill to remove some online court records
The bill would revoke the public’s access to online court records in cases in which charges have been dismissed or a defendant was found not guilty.
CT: Aid-in-dying law unlikely this year in Connecticut
A bill that would have permitted terminally ill patients in Connecticut to seek a doctor’s help in ending their lives likely won’t win legislative approval this year.
ND: A new residence for North Dakota governors?
The idea of replacing the 55-year-old, prairie-style brick home with a new $5 million residence on North Dakota’s Capitol grounds has become one of the most debated issues this legislative session.
WI: Wisconsin voters approve change in choosing chief justice
Voters approved a constitutional amendment that allows state Supreme Court justices to choose their own chief justice, likely resulting in the ouster of the current chief. Wisconsin’s chief justice serves as the administrative head of the state’s judiciary and sets agendas for the high court.
NC: North Carolina lawmakers push to expand solar power
A Republican push to expand solar power in North Carolina may stand the best chance yet of ending a state ban that prevents independent energy developers from selling electricity directly to homeowners and businesses.
AR: Hutchinson signs Arkansas Ten Commandments bill
Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed legislation that requires the secretary of state to arrange for a privately funded Ten Commandments monument to be placed on the Arkansas Capitol grounds.
MA: Massachusetts’ Senate leader looks to Texas’ criminal justice reform
Democratic Senate President Stanley Rosenberg says he hopes Massachusetts will explore replicating a program in Texas that diverts non-violent offenders with substance abuse and mental health problems to rehabilitation programs instead of to jails and prisons.
NV: Nevada bill creating anti-bullying program clears first hurdle
A Senate committee has passed a bill backed by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval that would implement a broad anti-bullying program throughout Nevada’s school system.
TN: Medical marijuana dead in Tennessee until next year
A Republican-backed effort to legalize marijuana for limited medicinal purposes in Tennessee is officially dead for the year. A commission may study the issue over the summer.
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