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CA: California doctors’ group drops opposition to aid-in-dying bill
The California Medical Association has become the first state medical association in the nation to drop opposition to what has long been known as “physician-assisted suicide,” acknowledging a shift in doctor and patient attitudes about end-of-life and aid-in-dying options.
KS: Legislation threatens to cut off funding for Kansas’ judiciary
Kansas lawmakers are threatening to cut off all funding for the judicial branch of state government if the Kansas Supreme Court strikes down a law enacted last year spelling out how chief judges in the district courts are selected.
LA: Louisiana’s Jindal vows to press ahead on ‘religious freedom’ protections
A Louisiana House committee killed legislation that sought to carve out protections for people who oppose same-sex marriage. But less than two hours later, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal promised to issue an executive order to “prevent the state from discriminating against persons or entities with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman.”
CT: Connecticut’s governor urges Congress to lift needle exchange ban
Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut called on Congress to lift its ban on funding needle exchange programs, a subject that is getting increased attention because of rising intravenous drug use in several states.
NV: Nevada lawmakers split on funding new execution chamber
A joint legislative committee is divided on whether to spend ,000 to build a new execution chamber at Ely State Prison. The state’s existing death chamber at the shuttered Nevada State Prison in Carson City is not in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
SC: South Carolina Senate restricts abortions to get to road-repair bill
The South Carolina Senate cleared the way to debate a proposal to raise the gasoline tax to fix the state’s crumbling roads by passing a ban on abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy.
MN: Minnesota’s Dayton vetoes education funding bill
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton announced the veto even before he received the education funding bill, which didn’t include money for his top priority of universal pre-kindergarten in Minnesota.
TX: Texas Senate wants property tax cut this year, House wants to delay it
House and Senate negotiations over a tax cut deal have narrowed to a single sticking point: when a proposed property tax cut should go into effect. Negotiators have already agreed to implement property tax relief, as favored by the Senate, instead of the House’s preferred sales tax cut, according to members involved in the negotiations.
AR: Groups rally in support of Arkansas campaign finance measure
The groups favor a measure vying for a spot on the Arkansas ballot next year that would require more disclosure from outside political groups participating in campaigns. The measure also includes a non-binding resolution calling for a federal constitutional amendment aimed at overturning a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that cleared the way for unlimited political spending by corporations and unions.
NE: Nebraska governor tours scene of deadly prison riot
Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts toured Tecumseh State Prison, where at least nine employees have quit in the wake of a deadly riot there last week. He vowed to seek solutions to personnel problems, which include high turnover and job vacancy rates, complaints about stagnant salaries, and the recurring need for mandatory overtime.
MI: Michigan House panel approves prohibiting local wage, benefit laws
Communities would not be allowed to adopt ordinances regarding wages, benefits or working conditions in their towns under a bill sent to the full House.
IL: Illinois House approves allowing students to opt out of exams
The bill would allow students to opt out of Illinois state assessment tests if they have a request in writing from a parent or guardian.
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