By: - January 3, 2020 12:00 am

IL: Illinois legal weed first day sales top M

Customers spent almost $3.2 million on legal weed in Illinois on the first day of recreational marijuana sales, marking one of the strongest showings of any state in the history of pot legalization. Illinois is the 11th state to legalize recreational weed, and only Oregon had a comparable first-day performance.

US: Minimum wage hikes improve pay for working class, analysis finds

A Washington Post analysis of Labor Department data suggests that paychecks grew because of a nationwide movement of rising minimum wages in various states and cities over the past couple of years. The Trump White House and Washington policymakers have touted the tight labor market as the main engine driving wage gains for the working class.

KY: Kentucky attorney general asks FBI to investigate former governor’s pardons

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, a Republican, has asked the FBI to investigate pardons former Republican Gov. Matt Bevin issued shortly before he left office last month.

NY: New York governor proposes new requirements for ‘ghost gun’ purchases

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, is calling for legislation to require those purchasing untraceable “ghost gun” components to have the same eligibility requirements as a completed firearm, and that all major parts receive a serial number.

IA: Governor urges support for Iowa baseball teams

Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds is urging MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to support minor league baseball teams in the Hawkeye State. The league is considering a restructuring that could result in three Iowa teams losing affiliation with a major league team.

OH: School bus safety touted in bid to save Ohio’s front license plate

Thirty-one states require vehicles to display front license plates. That number will drop to 30 come July 1 unless Ohio lawmakers change their minds and save the plate amid pressure from police and school officials.

MD: Maryland governor issues written consent for refugee admissions

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has issued his written consent to allow Maryland to continue accepting refugees. He joins more than 30 governors who have done so in response to a Trump administration executive order allowing state and local leaders to block refu­gee admissions for the first time.

NH: New Hampshire adds nonbinary “X” option to licenses

New Hampshire residents now have a third option for indicating gender on their driver’s licenses and state-issued identification cards: “X” for people who don’t identify as male or female. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu allowed a bill making the change to become law without his signature. At least a dozen other states have similar laws.

NJ: New Jersey approves millions for Planned Parenthood after Trump abortion rule

New Jersey will provide $9.5 million more in state taxpayer money to clinics such as Planned Parenthood to make up for federal funding they forfeited by opposing an abortion rule from the Trump administration. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed the bill into law.

MO: Missouri governor’s stance on gambling at odds with state highway patrol

At the same time investigators in his own administration are working to stamp out the spread of unregulated and untaxed slot machines in Missouri, GOP Gov. Mike Parson said he’s not convinced the terminals are illegal.

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