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Florida Legislature passes elections bill that adds restrictions to voting

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here After days of contentious debate and last-minute amendments bouncing between chambers, the Republican-controlled state House and Senate came to an agreement and party-line votes approved Senate Bill 90 on the eve of Florida’s final day of the legislative session.......

De Blasio looks to Legislature, not Cuomo, in push to reopen city

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here Under the mayor’s plan, offices, restaurants, bars, stadiums, theaters, museums, retail stores, hair salons and gyms will all be able to operate with no capacity restrictions on his target date. Those venues have all been allowed to reopen gradually, but......

Colorado legislature passes bill to allow human composting

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Morgan Gstalter Both chambers of the Colorado legislature have passed a bill legalizing the composting of human remains as an after-death alternative to burial and cremation, sending the measure to the desk of Gov. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisColorado governor......

Albany’s ‘Good Cause Eviction’ spells bad news for NY’s housing market

NYPost
Post Editorial Board Not content with jacking up taxes massively and dangerously mushrooming the state budget, legislators are now looking to inflict yet more pain, by sneaking through a “universal rent control” bill that would clobber the housing market. This, even though rents in New York City have plunged to......

Florida Voting Restrictions Bill Clears Hurdle in Legislature

New York Times
A bill that would impose a host of new restrictions on voting in Florida passed a key committee in the State Senate on Tuesday after a fiery debate among senators and hours of citizen testimony opposing the measure. The vote set the stage for a possible full floor vote in......

Florida voting restrictions bill advances in state legislature

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Tal Axelrod A bill that would impose new voting restrictions in Florida cleared a key hurdle Tuesday after it was approved in a state Senate committee, setting up a possible floor vote on the legislation in the coming weeks.......

Florida’s Republican-controlled Legislature passes “anti-riot” bill amid racial unrest

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Florida’s Republican-controlled Legislature approved stiffer penalties against violent protesters on Thursday, handing a major legislative victory to Governor Ron DeSantis, who began campaigning for the measure last year following a summer of turmoil across the country over the killings......

West Virginia legislature passes budget, fails to pass income tax reduction at session’s end

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here As the West Virginia legislative session came to a close, lawmakers successfully passed a budget bill, but failed to reach an agreement on how the state should reduce and eventually eliminate its income tax. The nearly $4.5 billion budget......

Indiana Legislature passes bill to protect monuments, withhold funds from cities that allow their destruction

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The Indiana General Assembly passed a bill today allowing the state to withhold money from cities that fail to protect monuments and memorials from vandalism and destruction. The bill, authored by Sen. Eric Koch, R-Bedford, lays out a new......

All New York will pay a steep price for the state’s massive tax hikes and foolish new spending

NYPost
Post Editorial Board Looks like the radicals in the Legislature have won. And New Yorkers will pay a steep price — in the form of massive tax hits, a subpar economy and shakier government finances long term. Lawmakers are set to ram through a $200 billion spending plan that mushrooms......

Alabama legislature stalls bill to lift ban on yoga in schools over Hinduism concerns

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Lexi Lonas A bill in the Alabama state legislature to lift a ban on yoga in K-12 schools over concerns that yoga promotes Hindu practices has stalled. Conservatives groups opposed the measure in a public hearing, saying yoga is......

Bills on Iowans’ access to firearms bills advance through legislature

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Two bills involving Class “D” felony convictions and access to firearms have advanced through the legislative process this week. The House unanimously passed HF 831 on Thursday. The bill, if signed into law, will provide Iowans a one-time expungement......

New Mexico legislature to consider recreational marijuana bill

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Reid Wilson New Mexico legislators will meet in a special session Tuesday to debate legislation that would legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. A similar measure sputtered in the final days of the regular session after passing the state House, but......

Albany’s big splurgers are floating a budget stuffed with boondoggles

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Adam Brodsky It’s the perfect storm of perfect storms: A pandemic socks the economy, erodes tax revenues and widens already gaping budget holes. Spend-happy Democrats win control of both houses of the state Legislature, with veto-proof majorities. Radical progressives are emboldened. And Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a relative moderate, is hobbled......

Democrats’ bid to turn screws on New York’s richest

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E.J. McMahon Just a year after the Empire State was clobbered by the coronavirus, New York’s Legislature confronts an embarrassment of revenue riches. State taxes have rebounded more strongly than expected from the pandemic meltdown — capped by a massive injection of $12.6 billion in no-strings-attached federal stimulus funds. Yet......

Idaho legislature shuts down after six House members test positive for coronavirus

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Tal Axelrod The Idaho legislature voted Friday to close down until early April after a coronavirus outbreak among six members of the state House. The recess, which will last until April 6, comes after five Republicans and a Democrat......

Hong Kong lawmaker defends electoral overhaul, claims legislature lacks ‘rational debate’

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here One Hong Kong lawmaker told CNBC he supports China’s plan to overhaul the semi-autonomous region’s electoral system, arguing that there’s been a lack of “rational debate” in the legislature. “Since 2014-2015, the quality of LegCo and the way it’s functioning......

$100B from feds only inspires NY’s Legislature to spend, tax even more

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Post Editorial Board As we predicted the other day, the Legislature is looking to take advantage of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s weakness to push tax hikes that New York can’t afford. Three days after OKing a full impeachment inquiry, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced a mind-numbing $208.3 billion spending plan, which......

Bills introduced in Texas Legislature would prohibit social media companies from censoring political viewpoints

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Texas lawmakers rolled out legislation that would prohibit and penalize social media companies from censoring Texans on their platforms. In a press conference held in Tyler, Texas with state Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, Gov. Greg Abbott expressed his support......

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