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KY: Kentucky governor vetoes bill banning transgender girls from girls sports

kentucky.com

Kentucky Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear vetoed a bill that would ban transgender girls from participating in girls or women’s sports from grades six through college.

CA: California eyes citizen lawsuits over illegal guns

calmatters.org

Lawmakers advanced a California gun control bill to allow citizens to sue manufacturers and distributors over illegal and “ghost” weapons.

VA: Virginia governor donates part of salary to nonprofit for emergency responders

washingtonpost.com

Virginia Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin, a multimillionaire who last year pledged to donate his state salary if he won the governorship, is giving away the first chunk of his earnings to a group that provides counseling to emergency responders.

AK: Alaska Senate OKs work on pilot project for schools led by tribes

alaskapublic.org

The Alaska Senate passed a bill that would allow the state and tribes to begin work on education compacting. In tribal education compacting, tribes can tailor their students’ education to their own needs and hopefully address low rates of graduation and attendance among Alaska Native students.

WA: Washington employers will soon have to include salaries in job postings

seattletimes.com

Starting in January, job postings in Washington will have to include some dollar signs. Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, signed legislation requiring employers in the state to include salary and benefits information in job postings.

SC: South Carolina Senate bans public employers from mandating vaccines, vaccine passports for service

postandcourier.com

South Carolina’s public employers would not be allowed to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations and businesses couldn’t deny services to the unvaccinated under a bill passed by the state Senate.

MT: Montana district court blocks new voting laws

montanafreepress.org

A Montana judge suspended four new election laws passed by Republicans in 2021, saying the plaintiffs make a compelling case that they’re unconstitutional.

MA: Massachusetts governor defends administration against criminal justice criticism

wbur.org

Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration is firing back at critics of its efforts to improve the criminal justice system under a 2018 statute and additional policing legislation passed last year.

 PA: Philadelphia’s indoor mask mandate likely to return as cases creep up

inquirer.com

Philadelphia is poised to reinstate its indoor mask mandate next week as COVID-19 cases climb again.

DC: Effort to raise DC tipped minimum wage certified for November ballot

washingtonpost.com

The initiative would gradually raise the tipped minimum wage of about $5 per hour in Washington, D.C., to meet D.C.’s standard minimum wage, which is $15.20 per hour, by 2027. 

IA: Iowa COVID infection rate nearly doubles but remains low

iowacapitaldispatch.com

Iowa health officials reported 930 new confirmed coronavirus infections for the past week, or an average rate of about 133 per day.

LA: Louisiana House advances bill to stop mugshot release before conviction

theadvocate.com

The Louisiana House approved a bill that would ban the release of mugshots of people who have been arrested but not yet convicted of a crime.

MS: Teacher raise, tax cut top issues in Mississippi session

apnews.com

Mississippi lawmakers have finished their busiest session in years after enacting the largest teacher pay raise in a generation and setting the state’s largest-ever income tax cut.

FL: Florida nursing home visits will change under measure signed by governor 

tampabay.com

Florida health care facilities have a new set of rules for restricting visitation under a bill approved by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. The new law outlines a series of circumstances in which visitation must be allowed, even in pandemics or other emergencies. 

MO: Missouri House wants to spend $50M on ports 

stltoday.com

At a time when pandemic-related disruptions have slowed shipping and left some industries unable to produce goods, the Missouri House added a last-minute amendment to the state’s proposed new budget that includes $50 million to make improvements to ports. 

NE: Nebraska lawmakers reject criminal justice changes

omaha.com

Efforts to slow Nebraska’s nation-leading prison growth and overcrowding collapsed in the legislature. As a result, the state may have to build two new prisons. 

TN: Judges block Tennessee state Senate redistricting plan

tennessean.com

A three-judge panel blocked the Tennessee General Assembly from enforcing a new redistricting plan in the state Senate, ordering the body to fix issues with the map within 15 days.

AR: Judge orders Arkansas AG to release documents related to transgender issues

arkansasonline.com

Attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union won their fight to obtain some 4,500 emails from the Arkansas attorney general's office pertaining to transgender issues. Attorneys for the state have tried to keep the emails under wraps in a challenge to a transgender health care ban the legislature passed last year.

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