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IA: Iowa governor bans transgender girls from same-gender athletic teams
Iowa GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds, surrounded by a bevy of teenage female athletes, signed into law a ban on transgender girls’ and women’s participation in K-12 and higher education girls and women’s sports. Reynolds did not speak with any transgender girls about the legislation before signing it into law, her staff said.
MI: Michigan governor to veto GOP tax cut
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, is poised to veto legislation that would cut the state's personal income tax rate while creating new tax breaks for families and seniors, a measure one report estimated would cost the state more than $6.7 billion in lost revenue over three years.
ID: Idaho Senate passes bill allowing family members to sue abortion providers
Republicans in the Idaho Senate passed a bill along party lines that would allow family members of a pregnant person to file civil lawsuits against medical providers who perform an abortion after cardiac activity is detected in the embryo or fetus.
MS: Thousands of Mississippi nursing school applicants rejected as faculty shortage grows
There aren’t enough instructors to train the next generation of nurses in Mississippi. That’s making it harder to address the nursing shortage exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic—a problem that led chief nursing officers from 36 Mississippi hospitals to beg state leaders for help last November.
HI: Bill requiring more info on police arrests, use of force dies in Hawaii Senate
A bill that proponents say would have dramatically increased police transparency across Hawaii has died after four state Senate committees failed to take it up this session.
NV: Nevada prisons abandon plan to fire employees who did not get COVID vaccine
The Nevada Department of Corrections is dropping plans to fire employees who did not heed a now-expired COVID-19 vaccination mandate.
CO: Colorado election workers could soon get new protections
Threatening Colorado election workers in an attempt to keep them from doing their job or in response to them performing their official duties would be a crime under a bill introduced by state Democrats. The bill also would prohibit people from publicly posting the personal information of an election official or their immediate family if doing so poses an imminent and serious safety threat.
GA: Georgia House OKs bill making it harder for neighbors to sue farmers
The state House passed a bill rebalancing Georgia’s property rights in favor of farmers when there are disputes with neighbors over traffic, pollutants, odors, noise or other environmental problems.
MN: Minnesota Senate GOP advances 'parents’ rights' proposal
Minnesota Senate Republicans advanced a proposal to make it easier for parents to get access to school curriculum and require districts to notify them of their option to opt out if they object to what their child is being taught. It's part of a package of "parents’ rights" legislation moving through the Minnesota Senate.
PA: 95% of Pennsylvania adults have gotten at least one COVID shot
Amid declining coronavirus cases, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, announced that Pennsylvania had reached a new vaccination milestone: 95% of adults across the state have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination continues to lag in children, however: Just 24% of kids ages 5-9 and 37% of kids ages 10-14 are fully vaccinated.
KS: GOP moving to end Kansas grace period for mail-in ballots
Republican lawmakers moved ahead with trying to end a three-day grace period for Kansas voters to mail in their ballots. The bill would require all mail-in ballots to arrive by 7 p.m. on Election Day, limit the use of ballot drop boxes and give people three fewer days before an election to register to vote.
WY: Abortion pill ban advances out of Wyoming Senate
A Wyoming bill that would prohibit several prescription drugs that induce abortion is headed to the House. The legislation includes a penalty of six months imprisonment and a fine of $9,000.
AL: Repeal of Alabama’s concealed carry permit requirement passes Senate
The Alabama Senate passed a bill that would repeal the state’s requirement for a permit to carry a concealed handgun after about an hour and a half of discussion. Democratic senators opposed the bill and said it would hurt public safety.
OK: Oklahoma House GOP advances bill to ban transgender athletes from women's sports
On a party-line vote, the Arizona House Rules Committee passed the "Save Women's Sports Act," which would block transgender girls and women from competing on female sports teams at public schools or universities.
AZ: Pro-gun bills pass Arizona Senate committee
Bills allowing loaded guns on Arizona school campuses and guns in public areas passed the House and now the Senate Judiciary Committee on party lines. Senate Democrats spoke against the bills and said more guns will allow for more violence, but Republicans said “bad guys” with guns should be stopped by “good guys” with guns.