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KY: Kentucky governor calls federal investigation of Louisville police ‘urgent opportunity’
Kentucky Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear called the federal investigation of Louisville police racial bias a chance for “positive, lasting change.” The U.S. Department of Justice found that the Louisville Police Department engaged in a pattern of discrimination and excessive force against Black residents.
CA: California won’t renew Walgreens contract
California will not renew a million prison medications contract with Walgreens in response to the company’s decision not to dispense an abortion drug in states where Republican officials have threatened legal action.
DC: US Senate votes to reject DC criminal code bill
Congress voted to overturn local D.C. legislation for the first time in more than 30 years, as a number of Senate Democrats joined Republicans in blocking a major overhaul of the city’s criminal sentencing laws.
AR: Arkansas law will loosen child labor protections
Arkansas Republican Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed a measure loosening child labor protections in the state. Under the law, children under 16 do not need permission to get a job.
MI: Michigan to codify LGBTQ protections into state civil rights act
Legal protections for LGBTQ Michiganders will soon be included under the state’s civil rights law after state House lawmakers voted in favor of extending the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
IA: Ban on gender-affirming care for minors heads to Iowa governor’s desk
Iowa Republicans sent a ban on gender-affirming care for minors to GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds’ desk, less than two weeks after the measure was first brought up as a possibility. If signed by the governor, the measure will prohibit transgender minors from obtaining gender-related medical care such as puberty blockers, hormone replacement therapy or any surgical interventions.
PA: Pennsylvania lawmaker will resign over harassment accusations
State Rep. Mike Zabel, a Pennsylvania House Democrat accused of sexually harassing multiple people including two sitting Republican lawmakers, says he will resign.
AZ: Arizona sues after county puts an election skeptic in charge of voting
Cochise County, a hotbed of conspiracy theories, transferred election duties from a nonpartisan office to the county’s elected recorder, a Republican. It is the latest clash between Democrats in statewide office and Cochise County, a deeply Republican area in southeastern Arizona, where conspiracy theories about voter fraud and irregularities still swirl.
MN: Minnesota governor signs order protecting gender-affirming health care
Democratic Gov. Tim Walz issued an executive order protecting access to gender-affirming health care for transgender Minnesotans, a direct response to recent legislative action in states such as Iowa and South Dakota to ban that care for children and their families.
HI: Hawaii Senate passes abortion protections bill
Advocates of a woman’s right to an abortion celebrated the passage of a Hawaii state Senate bill protecting health care workers who perform abortions across the islands, including procedures performed on women coming in from out of state.
KS: Kansas plan to combat ‘woke investing’ could cost billions for pension funds
Officials with the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System are warning that an effort in the legislature to combat the use of environmental and social investment factors could cut state pension returns by billions of dollars.
VA: Virginia to offer K-12 tutoring to fight pandemic learning loss
Some Virginia families can soon apply for grants to use on tutoring for K-12 students as part of a million investment aimed at helping offset pandemic learning losses.
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