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Embattled Nebraska senator may survive cybersex scandal
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state Sen. Bill Kintner is the kind of unabashed conservative whose comments on immigration, gay rights and fellow legislators have made even supporters cringe.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Nebraska Legislatures Legislator Legislature Legislators Judiciary U.S. state Management occupations
Gov. Jerry Brown signs sweeping climate laws with big changes for California's future
Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders embarked on a new era in California’s effort to combat climate change Thursday when the governor signed a law committing the state to some of the most drastic greenhouse gas emission reductions in the world. “What we’re doing here is far-sighted, as well...
24425 points by Los Angeles Times | Law Greenhouse gas Climate change Legislature LAW Emission standard California Attribution of recent climate change
Michigan Senate approves medical marijuana tax, regulations
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan would tax and regulate medical marijuana in a tiered licensing system under legislation that has cleared a big hurdle in the Legislature. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 25-12 for a bill Thursday to require a state operating license to grow, process, sell, transport or test marijuana ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | United States Congress Legislature Michigan Legislatures Senate United States Senate Washington D.C. United States
‘She was a pioneer’
Thalia Dondero passes at 96
9 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Nevada Carson City Nevada Las Vegas metropolitan area Clark County Nevada Las Vegas Nevada Legislature Problem solving Urban sprawl
Advocates want Speaker Mark-Viverito to let majority choose votes
The good government group Common Cause proposed a plan that would automatically give a floor vote to any bill that has 26 co-sponsors.
14 points by Daily News | Councillor City council Legislature Legislatures Democracy Elections Bill Clinton Voting
New York schools must test lead levels in water under law
Schools must test their drinking water for lead contamination by no later than Oct. 31 under legislation signed Tuesday by Gov.
69 points by Daily News | School Education State Water High school United States Legislature Water quality
'Detroit fatigue?' We've got Lansing fatigue
If state Republicans have Detroit fatigue, think how Detroit parents must feel.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Michigan Detroit Minnesota High school State Mike Cox Legislature Michigan State University
Michigan may no longer require humans behind the wheel of self-driving cars
Michigan would no longer require that someone be inside a self-driving car while testing it on public roads under legislation passed unanimously Wednesday by the state Senate, where backers touted the measures as necessary to keep the U.S. auto industry's home state ahead of the curve on rapidly...
82 points by Los Angeles Times | Driverless car Automobile U.S. state United States Legislature Autonomous robot Personal rapid transit State
Lawmakers mull options for DCYF abuse, neglect reports
Lawmakers are considering giving more options to child protection workers when they respond to reports of abuse and neglect. The change would let the state set up an option for abuses that don’t meet the threshold to take to court, but are still worrisome.Under the change, the Division for Children,...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Abuse Child abuse Legislatures Neglect Call option Legislature Childhood State
Maryland House passes first major ethics bill in over a decade
The Maryland House of Delegates unanimously passed a bill Friday that would update the state's ethics laws. It would require more disclosure of lawmakers' conflicts of interest and put some new limits on legislators' advocacy for private businesses.The bill would make the first major changes to...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Legislature Legislation Judiciary Separation of powers Legislatures Government Executive Democracy
General Assembly advancing bills that would update Maryland sexual assault laws
A half-dozen bills moving through the General Assembly would update Maryland's sexual assault laws and, advocates say, make it easier for victims to secure justice. One measure would sweep aside a centuries-old vestige of English law that requires prosecutors to prove that rape victims resisted...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Rape United States Senate Sexual intercourse Sexual assault United States House of Representatives Legislature Bill Clinton Child sexual abuse
Bill would give Nevada community colleges a greater voice
In a bill spanning nearly 300 pages, a Nevada Assemblyman this week laid out his plans for giving community colleges a greater voice.
-1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Nevada Community college College Nevada System of Higher Education Higher education United States Legislature
Bill would put cops, firefighters in control of pension plan
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Legislation passed by lawmakers this week would let New Jersey police and firefighters control their $26 billion pension fund instead of the state. The legislation passed in the Democrat-controlled state Assembly on Thursday and now goes to Republican Gov. Chris Christie's desk to consider. An independent ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | New Jersey Pension Retirement Legislature Legal professions Finance State Legislative Assembly
Maryland doctors win concessions on Hogan proposal to limit pain pill prescriptions
Maryland's doctors are on course to turn back Gov. Larry Hogan's plan to put strict limits on prescribing addictive opioid pain pills after securing major concessions Tuesday from a key House of Delegates panel. The bill — proposed by Hogan to battle the state's heroin crisis — would have limited...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Opioid Morphine Drug addiction Heroin Codeine Legislature Pain Hydrocodone
Maryland Senate passes bill to pare back court's bail rule
The Maryland Senate passed legislation Wednesday that would pare back a key provision of a rule adopted by the state's top court to de-emphasize the role of cash bail in determining which defendants win pretrial release.The 26-19 vote sends the measure to the House, where supporters of the Court...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | United States Congress United States Legislature Maryland Legislatures Bill Clinton United States Constitution Democratic Party
Hogan pledges veto of bill that would limit Maryland school reforms
Gov. Larry Hogan is pledging to veto a bill moving quickly through the General Assembly that would prevent Maryland from enacting controversial reforms for struggling schools.The bill would prevent the state from creating a new district to govern the lowest-performing schools. It would also prohibit...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | High school School types Public school United States Congress Teacher College Legislature United States
Police, firefighters would control own pension plan under N.J. bill
TRENTON — Police and firefighters would manage their own pension plan, taking control from the state, under a bill that passed the Legislature Thursday. It now heads to Gov. Christie’s desk.
-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Pension Legislature New Jersey Trenton New Jersey Pension fund Tax Pensioner Philadelphia
The Latest: Utah gov. signs .05 DUI limit, strictest in US
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a law giving Utah the strictest DUI threshold in the country (all times local):
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Utah Salt Lake City Snowboarding United States Congress Orem Utah Blood alcohol content The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Legislature
Utah getting toughest drunken driving limit in the US
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's governor signed legislation Thursday giving the predominantly Mormon state the strictest drunken driving threshold in the country, a change that restaurant groups and representatives of the ski and snowboard industry say will hurt tourism.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Utah Salt Lake City United States Congress Snowboarding Orem Utah Blood alcohol content The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Legislature
NCAA warns N.C. to repeal HB2 or no championships through 2022
The state of Texas last week passed a bill strikingly similar to HB2, Senate Bill 6.         
-1 points by Arizona Republic | South Carolina North Carolina Raleigh North Carolina U.S. state United States Legislature Texas National Football League
Hawaii committees pass new versions of vacation rental bills
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii legislative committees have passed new versions of bills addressing vacation rentals. State Senate committees on tourism and public safety on Wednesday passed legislation giving hosting platforms like Airbnb the option to pay hotel taxes on behalf of short-term rental operators. The bill says platforms that do ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | United States Congress Bill Clinton Legislatures Legislature Senate Property Renting United States
Is the GOP-controlled legislature picking on Philadelphia?

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | United States Senate United States Buffalo Bills City Democratic Party Bill Clinton Party leaders of the United States Senate Legislature
Another minimum wage fight set to kick off third week of Nevada Legislature
The issue of increasing the minimum wage saw a spirited debate in the Nevada Legislature last week, and it will be front and center again as lawmakers enter week three of the 2017 session. Lawmakers are not taking Presidents Day off.
7 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | United States Constitution Legislatures United States Congress Legislature Resolution United States United States Senate Bill
EDITORIAL: Legislation to drop test scores from Nevada teacher evaluations is a bad idea
Those who ignore the relationship between teacher quality and achievement do not have the best interests at heart of either students or taxpayers.
1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Education Legislature Nevada United States Congress Evaluation United Kingdom Teacher Psychology
Bill to lower gambling appears to be DOA in Nevada Legislature
If you’re old enough to fight and die for your country, you should be old enough to play blackjack and drop a few dollars into a slot machine at the local casino. At least, that’s the logic Assemblyman Jim Wheeler, R-Minden.
6 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Casino Gambling Drinking culture Legislature Juvenile law Legal drinking age Nevada Horse racing
US Congress delegation in Kosovo to show bipartisan support
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) - A bipartisan delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives is visiting Kosovo to reiterate the strong support for the nation. In its two-day visit, the delegation led by Republican Peter Roskam will meet Kosovo's prime minister, Assembly (parliament) speaker, lawmakers and civil society. Roskam heads the ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | European Union United States United States House of Representatives Kosovo Washington D.C. Democratic Party World War II Legislature
Colorado bill seeks to loosen restrictions on multi-year deals
For years, the Colorado athletic department has felt hamstrung by legislation that limits the amount of multi-year contracts it can offer to coaches.
1 points by The Denver Post | United States United States Congress United States House of Representatives Colorado Legislature Denver Legislatures United States Senate
NBA warns Texas over proposed 'bathroom bill'
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The NBA has warned that Texas could be overlooked for future events because of a proposed "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | National Football League United States United States Congress North Carolina Legislature Texas National Basketball Association New York
Uber would have to allow drivers to collect tips from credit cards under a new California bill
Essential Politics: Democrats in Congress hear from ICE, California lawmakers consider making election day a paid state holiday Feb. 17, 2017, 5:07 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: Democrats in Congress...
348 points by Los Angeles Times | Collective bargaining Credit card Trade union Negotiation Credit history Legislature Payment United States Congress
Baltimore lawmakers endorse bill to give mayor sole power over school board
Baltimore lawmakers in the House of Delegates endorsed a bill Friday that would give the mayor sole control over appointments to the city's school board — a measure Mayor Catherine Pugh has called her top priority for the legislative session. Under the current system, the Baltimore mayor and the...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Legislatures Legislature Corporate governance Executive director Independent city Legislation Board of directors Management occupations
Early bird might no longer get worm in winter
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine legislators are looking to put new restrictions on the harvest of marine worms. Legislators are considering a proposal called "An Act To Protect the Marine Worm Industry." The proposal states that a person would no longer be able to fish for or take marine worms ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Worms State U.S. state Ocean United States English-language films Legislature Legislatures
Clark County wants role to match responsibility in inmate pre-sentencing reports
Clark County officials want a more oversight in preparing pre-sentence investigation reports used by the court system.
2 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | United States Congress Legislature United States Senate The Bill Legislatures Carson City Nevada Senate ITV
Senate OKs stricter standards to get disabled parking decals
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Disabled parking placards have proliferated across Kentucky, and a state lawmaker says it's time to crack down on abuses in issuing the decals. A bill that would limit an applicant to one parking placard was passed by the state Senate on a 35-0 vote Thursday. The ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | United States Congress Kentucky Legislature Legislatures United States Washington D.C. United States Senate Westminster system
Head of authority overseeing Vikings stadium resigns
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The chairwoman of the authority overseeing the Minnesota Vikings' stadium has resigned after weeks of criticism over questionable use of luxury suites by family and friends. Michelle Kelm-Helgen announced her resignation Thursday in a letter in which she said it was "in the public interest" to step ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Minneapolis National Football League Legislature Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Minnesota Twins Washington D.C.
Letter: Bill targets fair wages
Bill targets fair wagesOn Feb. 8, I attended and spoke at a hearing that was held in Representatives Hall on House Bill 520, which would reduce worker’s funding of collective bargaining costs. The collective bargaining contract between employer and employee covers all workers whether a union member...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Employment Collective bargaining Negotiation United States House of Representatives Employee benefit Trade union Wage Legislature
Editorial: Agritourism bill uproots local control
Republicans sure don’t like it when the federal government tells states what to do – in fact local control is one of the party’s core principles. But when it comes to Republican-dominated state houses telling local communities what to do, that’s a different story.In Texas, for example, Republican Go...
4 points by Concord Monitor | United States Congress Farm New Jersey Republican State Committee Legislature Federal government of the United States
California lawmaker wants cities to decide when bartenders must announce last call — and it could be as late as 4 a.m.
Essential Politics: Brown plays down any chance of Trump punishing California, Schwarzenegger calls for national redistricting reform Feb. 15, 2017, 5:55 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: Gov. Jerry...
-2 points by Los Angeles Times | Bill Clinton Legislature NBC United States Monday United States Congress President of the United States Political philosophy
Delinquent child support payments could lead to suspended vehicle registrations in Nevada
Nevadans who fall behind in child support payments could have their vehicle registrations suspended.
735 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | United States Congress United States Senate Legislatures Carson City Nevada Senate Legislature Nevada U.S. state
Bill to drop Common Core in Michigan gets mixed reviews in Lansing
The bill would repeal the state's adoption of the standards and give parents power to opt their kids out of any testing.        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Legislature State Adoption U.S. state School United States Congress The Bill Parent
Rhode Island House to debate rules changes
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island House of Representatives is preparing for its first real debate of the year as Republican legislators propose reforms they say will make the legislative process more transparent. The Democratic-controlled House is expected to vote on rules legislation Wednesday. GOP lawmakers are planning to ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | United States House of Representatives Rhode Island Republican Party Legislatures Legislature United States Legislation Democratic Party
Talk it out: Should Ohio become a 'right to work' state?
We invite readers to comment on whether Ohio should join the growing ranks of states limiting unions and collective bargaining. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Legislation has been introduced for a second time that would allow Ohio to join the growing ranks of states limiting union membership and collective bargaining. The measure was placed before state lawmakers Monday. If passed, Ohio would become the 29th state to pass a law making it a "right-to-work" state. Rep. John Becker, a Clermont County Republican, introduced House Bill 53 Monday, which would allow public sector employees to opt out of joining a union and paying dues. Unions can, also, opt out of representing employees who don't join. How do you feel about this controversial effort? Join us today from 10 a.m. to noon for a pre-curated discussion on this topic. Information on how these discussions work can be found below. In an article Monday, reporter Jackie Borchardt quoted the bill's sponsor saying, "the question is no longer if Ohio joins the chorus of right to work states, but when." Borchardt also wrote that "state legislators in the GOP-controlled General Assembly have been cool to enacting restrictions on labor unions" since 2011 - the year Gov. John Kasich signed Senate Bill 5, which greatly restricted collective bargaining rights for public union employees. Ohio voters overwhelmingly repealed the law. Legislative leaders from both parties have questioned the need for the legislation, since it lowers union membership and wages and doesn't lead to job growth, as promised. Comments on this topic will be reviewed by a moderator before they are published. In our Talk it Out pre-curated conversation, comments are published after they are reviewed -- promptly -- to ensure they adhere to our community rules, which prohibit indecent, hateful, abusive or harassing comments, personal attacks, vulgar nicknames, personal information including telephone numbers and addresses, email addresses belonging to others, anything inciting criminal behavior and copyrighted material for which you do not own the rights. Comments that are not on the topic of this discussion will not be published. Criticism is fine, as long as it is respectful. We seek a robust and courteous discussion.
2191 points by The Plain Dealer | Collective bargaining Trade union Legislature Employment Republican Party United States Congress Union shop Human rights
EU parliament approves trade deal with Canada
Some governments and legislations had tried to modify or scupper the deal       
9 points by USA Today | European Union United States United Kingdom NATO Canada Legislature Netherlands International trade
How to make your voice heard in Washington
Since the November elections, we’ve seen unprecedented numbers of Americans speaking out on public policy. Voters want to influence their lawmakers on high-stakes issues from healthcare to climate change, education to immigration, foreign affairs to trade policy. The question, for many, is how...
1225 points by Los Angeles Times | United States Congress Meetings Legislature Legislator Legislation Voting United States Capitol Legislators
EDITORIAL: Las Vegas assemblyman wants to ban fracking
This is less about the potential environmental drawbacks of fracking than it is about a progressive agenda that seeks to shackle the fossil fuel industry and remake the U.S. economy.
3 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Legislature Economics Nevada Economy of the United States United States Energy Economy Las Vegas metropolitan area
Letter: Start from where we agree
Start from where we agreeMuch has been written about the great divide in our public policy discourse and planning. Many are looking for ways to bridge the divide, most notably those on the left who were blind-sided by the last election. They are wondering how they went so badly off the tracks and ar...
1 points by Concord Monitor | Legislation Sociology Legislature United States European Union Death penalty American films Use of capital punishment by nation
Letter: Toward fair elections
Toward fair electionsI am writing to voice my support for two important reforms: House Bill 320, sponsored by Rep. Knirk, which would prevent gerrymandering using math instead of politics to determine legislative districts, and Senate Bill 115, sponsored by Sen. Dan Feltes, which closes the LLC camp...
1 points by Concord Monitor | Legislature Legislatures Bill United States Congress Campaign finance in the United States Statutory law Legislation Separation of powers
Nevada panel recommends more oversight of professional guardians
More changes could be coming for Nevada’s guardianship programs, including tighter restrictions on for-profit guardians and a new state officer charged with overseeing and investigating cases of fraud or abuse.
4 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | State supreme court Supreme Court of the United States United States Congress Nevada Legislature United States Bill Clinton United States Constitution
Bill proposal aims to increase safety for Nevada road workers
Drivers may soon have to be more cautious around Nevada Department of Transportation vehicles.
26 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Nevada Interstate 80 Battle Mountain Nevada Legislature United States Congress Lander County Nevada American film actors Light
Election official wants to ban guns from Nevada polling places
Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria told a state Assembly panel on Tuesday that lawmakers should consider banning guns from polling places to guard against voter intimidation.
308 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Elections Voter turnout Voting Legislature Poll Election Voter registration Nevada
Las Vegas officials push bill to give spending flexibility
The city of Las Vegas wants more flexibility in how it uses some revenue generated by redevelopment districts to include other educational purposes other than improving existing facilities.
2 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Las Vegas metropolitan area Improve English-language films Carson City Nevada Better Nevada Legislatures Legislature