NV: Nevada Dems fire Iowa app vendor, may go all-paper
Nevada state Democratic Party spokeswoman Molly Forgey confirmed that the political technology company Shadow Inc., which was responsible for developing the problem-plagued Iowa caucus app, also developed two apps for Nevada’s upcoming caucus. The party terminated its relationship with Shadow and is looking into alternatives for its upcoming caucus.
VA: Virginia lawmakers OK offshore drilling ban
The Virginia House passed legislation to ban offshore drilling on the state’s coast and prohibit the state from endorsing offshore gas or oil developments in federal waters. The Senate approved a similar measure last week, and the bill will now move onto the governor’s desk for signature.
CA: Rent control is again on the California ballot, as housing crisis worsens
California voters will get the chance to consider rent control on the November ballot, just two years after they soundly rejected it. The initiative takes aim at the 25-year-old Costa Hawkins Rental Act, which limits the ability of local governments to establish rent control in buildings constructed after 1995 and in single-family homes and condos.
MS: Mississippi lawmakers grapple with reducing inmate population
After recent deadly violence in Mississippi prisons, lawmakers seem to agree among their top priorities this session must be reducing the size of the 19,000-inmate population. That’s no easy fix, though, if past efforts are any indication.
GA: Scooter bill passes Georgia Senate
A bill that would leave it to local governments to regulate electric scooters cleared the Georgia Senate. The measure defines the devices that have overtaken Atlanta and some other cities across the state. But it does not impose statewide rules of the road or other regulations.
NE: Proposal that could grow Nebraska legislature hits roadblock
A proposal that could allow Nebraska’s legislature to expand from 49 to 55 senators hit a wave of opposition, primarily from Democratic senators in the officially nonpartisan legislature.
ND: North Dakota official: Injury claims could rise with recreational pot
North Dakota could see a rise in workers’ compensation claims if marijuana is legalized, the state’s workplace safety agency told lawmakers. Backers of two proposed resident-led initiatives that aim to make the drug legal for recreational use are gathering signatures to get them on the ballot this year.
NY: Spike in crime inflames debate over bail law in New York
New York City’s police commissioner blamed the state’s new bail law for a sharp rise last month in serious crimes, warning again that the law allows violent criminals to go free. But supporters of the law responded that it was far too early to draw any conclusions, saying that the data was being framed in politically irresponsible ways.
IN: Teacher gun training program clears Indiana Senate
Indiana teachers who carry guns in schools would need to undergo annual training under a proposal advancing in the state legislature. The state Senate voted 42-7 in favor of the bill that specifies a 40-hour training program for teachers volunteering to be armed.
HI: Hawaii’s clean energy projects could stall over public opposition to facilities
Hawaii’s largest electric company is increasingly concerned that a cloud may be forming over the state’s efforts to develop a carbon-free energy economy. Large-scale solar and wind projects have spawned large demonstrations and lawsuits, as residents increasingly say government officials aren’t heeding their concerns.
WA: Washington could stop expanding congested roads
Washington state legislators are considering whether to remove “congestion relief” and “improved freight mobility” from their transportation goals. A House bill supported by the Washington State Department of Transportation would adopt a more holistic view, instead of pushing for more lane expansions as congestion problems arise.
MN: Minnesota lawmakers pitch B rent subsidy program
Faith leaders and Democratic lawmakers are pushing legislation to create a state-based rent subsidy program for low-income Minnesotans that they say could bring hundreds of thousands of people out of homelessness. But with a billion-a-year price tag, the plan faces tough odds during the upcoming legislative session that convenes next week.
MD: Maryland foster children forced to stay in hospitals, psychiatric units after treatment
Dozens of Maryland children who have been removed from their families have languished in medical hospitals or on psychiatric units, often for weeks at a time, even though they are not sick, injured or mentally ill. One such child was kept in a hospital for 636 days, according to a report from the Maryland Department of Human Services.
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