A proposed ban on bump stocks and a bill to enact stronger penalties for so-called “straw” purchases of firearms passed the Delaware House. The bills are the first of several gun control measures introduced this year to get a floor vote in either chamber of the Legislature.
The Mississippi Senate voted to allow guns in the state’s classrooms, agreeing to permit school districts to adopt policies requiring additional training and mental health screenings for employees who want to be armed on campus.
The Maryland House approved a bill that increases the maximum penalty for using a cellphone while driving to $500, though it was unclear how frequently such large a fine would actually be issued.
Montana’s Medicaid expansion for health care is paying for itself by bringing in enough economic activity to pay for the state share of the cost, according to a new university study. The program, started in 2016, ends next year unless state lawmakers vote to continue it.
Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law legislation to continue the state’s Medicaid expansion, which will impose a work requirement on thousands of participants this year.
Federal health care authorities have ruled an Idaho plan to loosen restrictions on health insurance policies is illegal. Republican Gov. Butch Otter had announced plans earlier this year to allow insurers to offer plans that don’t meet all Affordable Care Act standards.
The Iowa House approved legislation aimed at reducing concussions for student-athletes. The House passed similar legislation last year, but it was not approved in the Senate. Democrats and Republicans alike said they hoped this year will be different.
A proposal to protect New Hampshire consumers from surprise charges on medical bills due to unexpected “out of network” charges cleared the House with overwhelming support and now heads for the Senate.
A Kentucky State Police spokesman stirred First Amendment controversy when he sent an email to the Mountain Advocate newspaper and a Bell County radio station demanding that they wait for KSP press releases before publishing anything about ongoing investigations.
Members of a special joint committee restored a bill designed to open up South Dakota’s ballot for third parties to its original form in hopes of satisfying a federal judge’s order.
California’s relatively new system where 16- and 17-year olds can “pre-register” to vote has been used by 88,700 teenagers during its first 18 months in existence, with most of them declining to identify as Republicans or Democrats.
Victims of domestic violence would be able to break their leases without an early termination penalty under a bill passed the Georgia House.
Utah police agencies may soon be banned from requiring officers to achieve a quota of tickets or arrests, under a bill awaiting Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s signature. In hearings on the bill, former police officers testified that they had been pressured to meet arrest and ticketing quotas by their supervisors.