Authorities investigating Flint’s water crisis have used search warrants to seize from storage the state-owned mobile devices of former Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and 65 other current or former officials.
Several Washington, D.C., lawmakers and City Council members are expected to propose legislation to restore voting rights in the District for incarcerated felons. The bill would remove language from a 1955 law that strips voting rights from convicted felons.
Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to legalize the growth of hemp and allow the sale of some CBD products, sending two pieces of legislation to the governor’s desk that would create a highly regulated program in line with the federal farm bill.
Roughly 7% of students in Massachusetts have a food allergy, yet not all schools stock epinephrine to treat a severe reaction, or train staff to deal with such emergencies. The prevalence of food allergies has shot up at least by half since the late 1990s.
Human feces don’t decompose as quickly in Utah’s arid country as it does in wetter environments, such as forests. If cat holes are too shallow or a dispersed camper doesn’t carry their waste out, it can contaminate nearby water supplies and lead to unsanitary conditions. Plus, it’s gross.
More than $13 million of Oklahoma’s budget will help state colleges pay for high school seniors to take college classes, an increase of nearly $3.3 million over last year.
The Oregon law already contains exemptions for groceries, gas, hospitals and long-term care businesses. The 0.57% tax takes effect in 2020 and businesses will be allowed to subtract 35% of either their labor or capital costs from their sales.
A bill to legalize medication-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients received final approval in the Maine House by a single vote. The final tally was 73-72, sending the bill back to the Senate where it received preliminary approval last week on a vote of 19-16.
A bill that aims to ease access to public records was left in a holding pattern after more than two hours of contentious debate on the last day of Nevada’s legislative session. Local governments and agencies, including the Metropolitan Police Department and the Clark County School District, argued the bill would invite costly lawsuits.
New Mexico’s judicial system began rolling out a tool aimed at making the process of settling credit card, medical and other debt more convenient by allowing people to handle cases against them online rather than in court. People who prefer to resolve their cases in court will still have that option, officials said.
Hours after New Jersey’s Department of Health unveiled a plan to grow the state’s strained medical marijuana program, the state Senate president bashed the move, furthering a feud with Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy that’s seeping into everything in Trenton.
One bill awaiting action by Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott would require freestanding emergency rooms to clearly disclose the in-network health plans they accept and the fees patients may be charged. Texas has more than 200 freestanding ERs.
Since Pennsylvania launched its medical marijuana program in 2018, large multi-state marijuana companies have planted their flags in the state or are expanding their footprint through backdoor arrangements. Pennsylvania lawmakers said they didn’t anticipate the era of publicly traded cannabis companies when the state passed a medical marijuana law in 2016.