US: State by state, legislatures, governors and attorneys general act on Dobbs decision
The U.S. Supreme Court decision to overrule Roe v. Wade also sets up the potential for legal fights between the states over whether providers and those who help women obtain abortions can be sued or prosecuted.
NV: Nevada governor signs order protecting those seeking access to abortion
Nevada Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak signed an executive order implementing protections for anyone seeking or providing abortion services or other reproductive health care within the state.
DE: Delaware passes legislation to expand abortion access
The legislation, which now heads to Delaware Democratic Gov. John Carney, would allow licensed physician assistants, certified nurse practitioners and nurse midwives to provide procedural abortions. It also would protect those who travel to the state for an abortion and the health care providers who perform them.
WI: Wisconsin governor, AG file lawsuit challenging 1849 law banning abortions
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, both Democrats, are challenging the state’s law banning most abortions with a new lawsuit that asks state courts to clarify whether the 173-year-old ban is still in place.
TN: Tennessee’s 6-week abortion ban can now take effect following court order
Tennessee now bans abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy, before many know they’re pregnant, after a federal court lifted a long-standing injunction on an embattled 2020 law. Tennessee filed an emergency motion just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade constitutional precedent for abortion access.
TX: Abortions up to 6 weeks of pregnancy can temporarily resume in Texas, judge rules
Abortions up to about six weeks in pregnancy can resume at some clinics in Texas for now after a Harris County District Court judge granted a temporary restraining order that blocks an abortion ban that was in place before Roe v. Wade.
CA: California to become first state to offer food benefits to some immigrants who live in U.S. illegally
California is expected to be the first state to offer food benefits to immigrants residing in the U.S. illegally under a state budget plan revealed this week. The new program benefits only Californians older than 55, dismissing pleas by anti-poverty advocates to cover all ages.
PA: Pennsylvania waited 2 years to test wells for known contaminants
A class of synthetic chemicals identified in 2019 near Penn State University’s airport has fouled tap water in an adjacent neighborhood, and families there are now demanding to know why it took Pennsylvania environmental officials so long to test their wells, which they use for bathing, cooking and drinking.
GA: Election investigation focuses on alleged breach in Georgia county
Subpoenas sent this month are seeking evidence of whether election conspiracy theorists gained unauthorized access to Georgia voting equipment and copied sensitive files in Coffee County after the 2020 election.
CO: Sheriffs who denounced Colorado’s red flag law are now using it
In the two years since Colorado’s red flag law passed, petitions for protection orders have been filed in 20 of the 37 counties that declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries, often by the very sheriffs who had previously denounced the law.
DC: DC Council allows adults over 21 easier access to medical marijuana
Washington, D.C., residents who are 21 and older will soon be able to self-certify their eligibility for medical marijuana under a proposal passed by the D.C. Council, which also approved measures allowing some minors to get certain vaccines without their parents’ consent and another bill to extend the city’s pandemic-era foreclosure moratorium.
MD: Maryland to restrict crabbing after population decline
This summer, Maryland will impose new restrictions on crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay—including the first-ever limits on how many bushels of male blue crabs watermen can haul each day—in response to a troubling decline in the population of the beloved crustaceans.
MO: Missouri charter schools poised to see funding boost under new law
Charter schools in Missouri will receive an infusion of at least million in state funding under a new law scheduled to be signed by Republican Gov. Mike Parson.
AZ: Arizona governor signs B final state budget with his priorities
Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law Arizona’s latest state budget, a nearly billion plan that will keep the state afloat into next year and realizes most of the governor’s legacy-setting priorities during his final year in office.
MA: Massachusetts GOP governor pushes tax breaks for seniors
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker pressed Massachusetts lawmakers to pass some form of tax relief for older state residents before the legislators leave for their election year break at the beginning of August.
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