NY: New York passes first major gun control bills since Sandy Hook
New York lawmakers approved the most comprehensive set of gun bills in the state in six years, including measures that would ban bump stocks, prohibit teachers from carrying guns in schools and extend the waiting period for gun buyers who do not pass an instant background check.
WI: Wisconsin Assembly Democrats withdraw from redistricting lawsuit
By pulling out of the case and leaving it to a group of liberal voters to continue the high-profile litigation, the Wisconsin Assembly Democrats are avoiding turning over documents and answering detailed questions to back up their claims that election maps drawn to favor Republicans have hurt their ability to recruit candidates and raise money.
CO: Colorado legislators poised to pass ‘ban the box’ bill
Democrats are poised this year to pass a bill that would prevent Colorado employers from asking prospective workers about their criminal history on job applications. In past years, similar versions of the legislation have failed along party lines.
VA: Virginia House approves M for Amazon
With little debate, Virginia lawmakers sent the half-billion dollars in incentives to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam for his promised signature. The incentives give Amazon ,000 for each new full-time job created in the state, up to 25,000 jobs.
TX: Texas: Some of 95k voters up for citizenship review shouldn’t be on list
The Texas secretary of state’s office incorrectly included some voters who had submitted their voting registration applications at state Department of Public Safety offices, according to county officials. Now, the secretary of state is instructing counties to remove them from the list of flagged voters.
KS: Kansas governor models Medicaid expansion plan on 2017 bill
Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly endorsed a Medicaid expansion bill targeting services to 150,000 Kansans and based on legislation passed by the House and Senate two years ago but vetoed by Republican Sam Brownback. Kansas is among 14 states that declined to expand Medicaid.
NM: New Mexico governor joins alliance to fight climate change
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, signed an executive order that sets in motion new efforts to encourage renewable energy development, improve energy efficiency for buildings, improve air quality and possibly set new vehicle emission standards.
NJ: New Jersey legislature moves election funds disclosure bill
A strong bill to require full election funding disclosure won unanimous approval from a Senate committee, and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, says he fully supports it.
ND: North Dakota Senate passes new electric vehicle, hybrid fee
The North Dakota Senate agreed to impose new fees on owners of electric and hybrid vehicles, a move proponents pitched as a way to balance the scales with traditional gas guzzlers that pay for road projects through fuel taxes.
RI: Rhode Island bills seek to bar discrimination against low-income renters
The Rhode Island bill would outlaw the discrimination of any potential tenant on the basis of their lawful source of income, which could include federally funded housing assistance vouchers or other means of income, such as Social Security.
VT: Vermont lawmakers balk at state police plan to shift body camera funds to guns
The Vermont State Police would rather spend more than ,000 allocated for officer body cameras on weapons instead, including AR-15 semi-automatic service rifles, but lawmakers are balking at shifting the funds.
MN: Minnesota Health Department signals tougher stance on elder abuse
The state’s unusually swift and vigorous discipline of a northern Minnesota care facility where a vulnerable adult is believed to have been subjected to a fatal beating signals a larger effort by the Minnesota Department of Health to follow through on promises of tighter scrutiny over the senior care industry.
SD: South Dakota nursing home leaders warn of ‘statewide disaster’ without more funding
A “silver tsunami” is coming as South Dakota’s nursing home industry is on the verge of financial collapse, industry leaders warned.
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