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MD: New Maryland LGBT protections to become law
Legislation that requires health insurers to offer fertility treatments regardless of sexual orientation and allows Maryland residents to change their gender on birth certificates will become law without Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature.
CA: California’s Brown proposes traffic fines amnesty for the poor
Calling California’s traffic courts a “hellhole of desperation” for the poor, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing an amnesty program for residents who can’t afford to pay spiraling fines and penalties that have resulted in 4.8 million driver’s license suspensions since 2006.
TX: Texas House signs off on body camera bill
The legislation would allow Texas law enforcement agencies to apply for grants to equip officers with body cameras and draw up guidelines for their use. The agencies would have to match 25 percent of any grant they receive.
HI: Hawaii will use federal exchange to implement Affordable Care Act
The move means that approximately 37,000 Hawaii residents that signed up for coverage through the Hawaii Health Connector will have to re-enroll through the federal marketplace for coverage next year.
TN: ‘A fifth-grader could make’ Tennessee’s ,000 logo
The new logo that features the white letters TN on a red background is being criticized as something “a fifth-grader could make at home.” But Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said Tennessee needed a more unified look on signs and letterhead.
WI: Plan would let Wisconsin officials collect more fees from offenders
The legislature’s budget committee has approved a bill that would make it easier for Wisconsin state corrections officials to collect supervision fees from offenders on parole and probation.
KS: Kansas campuses not prepared for concealed weapons
Kansas colleges and universities lack firm security plans for dealing with concealed guns when a new law takes effect July 1 that lets people carry them into buildings on campuses.
AR: Arkansas state aid for Lockheed will pay off, study predicts
If the Arkansas Legislature approves an .1 million aid package for the defense contractor with a facility in Camden, the state will recoup the money—plus an additional .3 million in revenue over the next 25 years, according to a new cost-benefit analysis.
LA: Volatile union bill in limbo in Louisiana
A hotly debated bill to ban the automatic deduction of teacher and other public union membership dues from paychecks is stalled in the Louisiana House and may be finished for the session.
PA: Violations found at Pennsylvania low-income child care centers
Seventeen of 20 government-subsidized child-care centers in Pennsylvania were recently found to have serious health and safety violations, including the concealment of criminal charges against operators.
KY: Kentucky billboard proposal not so clear cut
Proposed state regulations would give billboard companies the authority to cut trees that block the view of their signs — a power the companies have sought, but failed to get, from the Kentucky General Assembly for years.
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