Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, has signed a bill to continue Montana's Medicaid expansion program for another six years, as long as federal funding continues. The program provides health insurance to about 95,000 low-income adults and would have ended June 30.
In a year marked with heated debate about Oregon’s involvement in boosting vaccination rates, the bill was quietly passed and signed into law with little fanfare. But it sets a new precedent for the role dentistry plays in the health care system.
The Alabama Senate delayed until next week a vote on a bill to ban abortion after an uproar over a key amendment. The Senate abruptly removed a rape and incest exception from the bill without allowing a roll call vote on that decision.
Law enforcement will be unable to permanently take ownership of cash and other property seized in drug cases in Michigan unless certain conditions are met under legislation signed into law by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Washington Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee signed several bills designed to protect the Pacific Northwest’s endangered orcas, measures that he said gave him hope the species might be saved.
The bill would have provided 60% of wages for up to 12 weeks of qualified leave annually, funded by 0.05% universal withholding from paychecks. New Hampshire Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has proposed a very different paid family medical leave plan of his own.
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill creating a path for up to 18,000 more students to receive state scholarships to attend private school and expanding what is already the nation’s largest school-choice effort.
Inmates sent to solitary confinement would get to make a phone call first under legislation heading to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk after passing the Democrat-led legislature. Inmates would also be allowed to make one phone call a week while held in isolation.
Gov. Doug Burgum, a Republican, has signed a bill into law making North Dakota the 25th state in the nation to eliminate the threat of jail time for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The maximum penalty for possession of up to half an ounce will be a $1,000 fine.
After an epic, 14-hour debate, the state House of Representatives voted to raise Connecticut’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont urged the state Senate to adopt the measure so he could sign it into law.
The Missouri House doused a move that would have allowed public funds to go toward in-state tuition for students with unlawful immigration status. Earlier this week, lawmakers had included the provision in budget plans.
The Oklahoma House of Representatives voted 96-0 to pass and send to the Senate a prescription benefit manager bill similar to one vetoed by GOP Gov. Kevin Stitt last week after the state Chamber of Commerce and health insurance companies objected.texastribune.org
Two weeks after a federal judge blocked the enforcement of a state law that prohibits government agencies in Texas from doing business with contractors who boycott Israel, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill narrowing the law to exclude individual contractors.