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Wisconsin Senate Bill 293

 

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Senate Bill 293, Make Changes to School Choice Programs: Passed 67 to 30 in the state Assembly on June 21, 2017.

 

To require that private schools participating in school choice programs conduct background checks on employees, to remove certain requirements such as high attendance standards for private schools participating in the program, and to eliminate testing requirements on private schools that have a small number of school choice students attending, among other things.

 

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West Virginia Senate Bill 174

 

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Senate Bill 174, Exempt Home Movers From Certain Regulations: Passed 29 to 3 in the state Senate on February 17, 2017.

 

To exempt the transportation of household goods from the jurisdiction of the Public Service Commission.

 

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Virginia Senate Bill 872

 

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Senate Bill 872, Override Veto of Requirement for Photo ID for Absentee Ballots: Failed 20 to 19 in the state Senate on April 5, 2017.

 

To overturn the governor’s veto of legislation that requires that anyone requesting an absentee ballot by mail to include a copy of his or her photo ID with the request. Exempt from this requirement are military and overseas voters as well as voters with disabilities.

 

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What to Do About North Korea?



North Korea – a key part of President George W. Bush’s “Axis of Evil” – recently completed a successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. That is grave news for anyone concerned about what would happen if North Korea obtains a nuclear weapon that could deliver a nuclear blast as far away as Alaska). However, there is no consensus among United States, South Korea, China, and other nations about what can be done in response.

 

U.S. conflict with North Korea dates back to the 1950s, when North Korea invaded South Korea. The U.S. joined forces with the United Nations in military action to repel the invasion. In more recent times, American foreign policy towards North Korea has been aimed at preventing it from obtaining nuclear weapons. President Clinton tried traditional diplomatic engagement, while Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama supported sanctions.

 

Regardless of U.S. policy, however, North Korea’s leaders continue the nation’s unique path on the world stage. North Korea is a highly isolated country ruled by the communist dictator Kim Jong-un, who replaced his father, Kim Il-Sung.

 

North Korea has consistently reneged on arms control agreements aimed at stopping its nuclear program, and it has made steady progress towards obtaining nuclear weapons technology and developing missiles capable of carrying these weapons.

 

Like his predecessors, Donald Trump has few good options for dealing with this rogue state. He has suggested that China should do more to handle North Korea because China is one of the few nations that has a relationship with the nation. But Chinese officials push back strongly against suggestions that they could do more to corral Kim.

 

What do you think the U.S. should do with North Korea? Do favor more diplomatic talks with the country? Should the U.S. undertake military action? Should President Trump and Chinese leaders work more closely together to see what can be done?

 

Tennessee House Bill 261

 

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House Bill 261, Delay Collecting Internet Sales Tax: Passed 31 to 0 in the state Senate on 9 May, 2017.

 

To delay collecting the sales tax on Internet sales until the conclusion of a court case over the legality of such a tax.

 

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Pennsylvania Senate Bill 172

 

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Senate Bill 172, Allow Speed Cameras in Some Work Areas: Passed 45 to 3 in the state Senate on 10 July, 2017. 

 

To allow the use of speed cameras in areas where workers are located on the roadway or shoulder areas of a limited-access highway. Anyone who is caught on a speed camera going at least 11 miles an hour over the speed limit would receive a fine of $100.

 

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Ohio House Bill 111

 

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House Bill 111, Allow Nurses to Involuntarily Commit Patients for Mental Health Assessment: Passed 96 to 0 in the state House on March 30, 2017.

 

To allow certain clinical nurse specialists and certified nurse practitioners to have a person involuntarily committed for a mental health examination.

 

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North Carolina House Bill 746

 

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House Bill 746, Allow Concealed Carry of Handguns Without a Permit: Passed 64 to 51 in the state House on June 8, 2017.

 

To relax several state laws concerning handguns, especially to allow lawful handgun owners, with certain restrictions, to carry openly or concealed without a permit.

 

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New Hampshire House Bill 350

 

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House Bill 350, Kill Bill to Ban Guns in Polling Places: Passed 203 to 144 in the state House on 15 February, 2017.

 

To end consideration of a bill that would prohibit possession of a firearm at a polling place during a federal, state, or municipal election. A yes vote kills the bill for the legislative year.

 

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Nevada Senate Bill 153

 

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Senate Bill 153, Limit the Presumption That Certain Diseases in Police and Firefighters are Work-Related: Passed 36 to 6 in the state Assembly on May 22, 2017.

 

To limit the presumption that heart and lung diseases contracted by police and firefighters are work-related for the purposes of industrial insurance and disability benefits. Under current law, these diseases are presumed to be job-related when contracted by all police or firefighters with certain years of service. The bill would reduce the period of time in which the disease must be diagnosed after leaving the job, restrict the ability of those who use tobacco or do not follow doctors’ recommendations from collecting benefits and limit the benefits paid to those who are diagnosed after retirement to medical benefits only.

 

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Missouri Senate Bill 5

 

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Senate Bill 5, Expand Regulation of Abortion: Passed 20 to 8 in the state Senate on June 15, 2017.

 

To modify several provisions of state law relating to abortion, including: (1) requirements for post-abortion tissue reports; (2) giving the attorney general jurisdiction over abortion laws; (3) preempting local government abortion regulations; (4) whistle-blower protections for reporting violations of abortion laws; (5) the definition of abortion facilities and licensure of doctors in those facilities; and (6) requirements for regular inspections of abortion facilities.

 

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Michigan Senate Bill 242

 

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Senate Bill 242, Authorize Giving State Revenue to Chinese Company and Some Others: Passed 71 to 35 in the state House on July 12, 2017.

To authorize giving up to $200 million of state revenue to certain business owners, in particular a Chinese company said to be involved in iPhone manufacture. Earlier this year the Legislature also authorized up to $1.8 billion in state payments benefiting Detroit developer Dan Gilbert and possibly some others.

 

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Iowa Senate Bill 524

 

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Senate Bill 524, To Allow the Production and Distribution of Cannabis Oil on a Limited Basis: Passed 33 to 7 in the state Senate on April 21, 2017.

 

Under current law, Iowans can possess cannabis oil for the treatment of epilepsy (though its production is prohibited). This bill allows for two companies to make the oil and five to distribute it, and allows its use for a number of ailments including Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and a terminal illness.

 

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Florida House Bill 1027

 

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House Bill 1027, Regulate Drones and Robots: Passed 115 to 0 in the state House on May 5, 2017.

 

To create size and speed requirements for personal delivery devices, such as robots. This bill allows these devices to operate on sidewalks when delivering property. This bill also gives the state the authority to regulate unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, and prohibits local governments from regulating the use of drones unless it is regarding an illegal act. Additionally, this bill allows drones to be used for commercial delivery.

 

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Colorado House Bill 1367

 

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House Bill 1367, Authorize Marijuana Clinical Research: Passed 35 to 30 in the state House on May 10, 2017.

 

Create a marijuana research program. The bill would create multiple licenses governing possession of marijuana for research purposes and growing marijuana for research. The bill makes appropriations of $226,000 for enforcement and legal compliance.

 

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Arizona Senate Bill 1071

 

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Senate Bill 1071, Create a System of Provisional Licencing for Ex-Offenders: Passed 56 to 0 in the state Senate on April 4, 2017.

 

To allow, with certain structural protections focused on public safety, for provisional or permanent licencing under the various state occupational licencing laws for former non-violent criminal offenders.

 

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Wisconsin House Bill 356

 

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House Bill 365, Mandate Insurance Coverage of Pre-Existing Conditions: Passed 62 to 35 in the state House on June 22, 2017.

 

To mandate that health insurance policies regulated by the state cannot exclude coverage for pre-existing conditions if there has been no gap in someone’s insurance coverage.

 

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West Virginia House Bill 2099

 

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Senate Bill 2099, Make Leaving the Scene of a Car Crash Involving Death or Injury a Felony.: Passed 96 to 0 in the state House on 17 February, 2017.

 

To make leaving the scene of a car crash crash involving death or personal injury a felony, commonly referred to as "Erin's Law."

 

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Virginia Senate Bill 1105

 

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Senate Bill 1105, Override veto of investigating inflated voter rolls: Failed 21 to 19 in the state Senatea on 5 April, 2017.

To override the governor’s veto of a bill requiring local boards of elections to investigate when the number of voters in a county or city exceeds the number of people in that area who are 18 years old or older. This bill directs the local board of election to determine if anyone is improperly registered.

 

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Tennessee House Bill 1291

 

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House Bill 1291, Remove Marijuana Jurisdiction From ABC: Passed 30 to 0 in the state Senate on May 4, 2017.

 

To remove the Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s jurisdiction to enforce criminal offenses involving marijuana.

 

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