A Georgia Senate committee voted to strip a lucrative tax break for Delta Air Lines from a broader tax-cut package, days after the Senate’s leader vowed to “kill” the incentive unless the Atlanta-based airline restored ties with the National Rifle Association, a national gun rights group.
New Jersey lawmakers took the first step in a reinvigorated effort to tighten gun laws. The state Assembly Judiciary committee advanced legislation that would restrict magazine size and require background checks among other measures.
Citing concerns over “entourages” of public employees swarming Utah’s Capitol Hill, a House committee has voted to restrict state employees from lobbying lawmakers and to prohibit state entities from taking a formal position on proposed legislation. The bill would restrict lobbying to executive department heads, campus presidents, the state superintendent or a lone designee chosen by those individuals.
Virginia may be on its way to completely rewriting its texting-and-driving law – instead replacing it with an expanded distracted-driving law. The proposed law says any use of a cellphone that “substantially diverts the driver's attention from the operation of the motor vehicle is guilty of distracted driving.”
Indiana Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law a repeal of Indiana's unpopular ban on Sunday carryout alcohol sales, allowing Hoosiers to buy beer, wine and liquor at stores on Sunday for the first time in Indiana history. The new law ends a retail Sunday alcohol sales ban that began in 1816 and was reinstated after Prohibition ended in the 1930s.
A day after the Florida school shooting, Vermont police arrested an 18-year-old male for making threats against his former high school. In response, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, is promising to look at gun-control measures and is rethinking his views on gun ownership.
Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder said the personal exemption expansion law should save an average family of four more than $100 a year once fully implemented in 2021. Snyder has resisted larger tax cuts due to budget concerns, but he called the new law a responsible way to “give some dollars back to our citizens.”
The measure, which is scheduled for a floor vote next week, would allow terminally ill patients in Hawaii to request prescriptions for lethal doses of medication. Supporters touted the addition of two safeguards: removing advanced practice registered nurses as eligible to provide a lethal prescription, and requiring mandatory counseling after two physicians confirm the patient’s diagnosis, prognosis and competence.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing a proposal that would expand New York’s definition of political communication to include paid internet and digital advertisements. It also would require digital companies to keep on file a list of political ads, and to verify that foreign governments aren’t purchasing ads.
A bill that would allow a select number of teachers to carry guns on campuses across Tennessee passed its first hurdle in the state Legislature. The bill will allow one school employee to carry a gun for every 75 students enrolled at the school.
A bill that proposes a constitutional amendment to allow Alabama to join multi-state lottery games like Powerball won approval in an Alabama Senate committee. Final approval would be a heavy lift, requiring a three-fifths vote in the Senate and House to be put on the ballot for voters.
Ohioans will not walk away with their driver’s licenses when they visit Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles deputy registrars beginning July 2. In a bid to increase security and meet new federal standards, new and renewed licenses and ID cards instead will be mailed to Ohioans’ homes after they visit their local BMV office.