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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.......

Colorado House passes bill extending to-go alcohol beverage sales

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Colorado’s House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bipartisan bill that would extend to-go alcohol sales for five years. House Bill 21-1027, sponsored by Reps. Colin Larson, R-Littleton, and Dylan Roberts, D-Avon, and Sens. Jeff Bridges, D-Greenwood Village, and......

Louisiana Senate passes legislation to avoid raising employer taxes, cutting unemployment benefits

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Three measures meant to hold employer taxes and worker benefits steady despite the state’s empty unemployment trust fund were approved Wednesday by the Louisiana Senate. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the state fund that pays for unemployment benefits had a......

The G.O.P.-controlled Florida House passes an expansive bill of voting restrictions.

New York Times
A bill that would impose a raft of new restrictions on voting in Florida cleared the State House of Representatives on Wednesday after hours of contentious debate. Democrats denounced the legislation as overly stringent and unnecessary, and Republicans argued that it would install necessary “guardrails” for securing elections, despite their......

Colorado legislature passes bill to allow human composting

TheHill
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......

Washington state passes downsized $11.8B transportation budget lowering gas tax hike

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Washington drivers will pay the third-highest gas tax in the nation after the passage of an $11.8 billion transportation plan by state lawmakers. The two-year budget stems from an 11th-hour deal made between House and Senate Democrats over the......

Rep. Karen Bass Says 80 Percent Chance George Floyd Policing Act Passes

TMZ
Play video content TMZ.com If Rep. Karen Bass were a betting woman, she’s close to betting the house, no pun intended, on Congress passing police reform legislation and getting it signed by President Biden in no time. The U.S. Congresswoman for California’s 37th District joined us Tuesday on “TMZ Live”......

Montana Senate passes bill legalizing recreational marijuana

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Tal Axelrod Montana’s Senate on Friday passed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana and direct taxes on the drug to support addiction treatment and conservation programs. The bill passed out of the House earlier this month and was passed......

Illinois Senate passes state and local tax deduction bill

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Small businesses in Illinois, where taxes are among the highest in the nation, stand to benefit from a state senator’s legislation to alter tax deductions. The legislation passed the Senate on Thursday. The bill utilizes an IRS-approved method to......

U.S. Senate passes Anti-Asian Hate Crime legislation, advancing it to the House

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here U.S. Senate passes Anti-Asian Hate Crime legislation, advancing it to the House – CBS News Watch CBSN Live U.S. Senate passes Anti-Asian Hate Crime Legislation, advancing it to the House. The bill would make it easier to report and......

Senate Resoundingly Passes Bill to Target Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

New York Times
Citing those revisions, Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, said he would reverse his position on the measure and support it. Language in the original bill did not once refer to the Asian-American community but instead mentioned victims of “Covid-19 hate crimes,” Mr. Cotton said, adding that an earlier provision......

Senate passes hate crimes bill to address rise in attacks against Asians

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here The Senate voted 94-1 Thursday to approve anti-Asian hate crimes legislation aimed at expanding the federal government’s efforts to address the recent rise in these crimes. The bill would identify a point person at the Justice Department who would......

Senate passes anti-Asian American hate crime bill

Politico
Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here Passing the bill sent a “solid message of solidarity that the Senate will not be a bystander as anti-Asian violence surges in our country,” said Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), the bill’s lead Senate sponsor. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), one of......

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