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Nevada Assembly Bill 2

 

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Assembly Bill 2, Expand Patriot Relief Act Payments for National Guard: Passed 21 to 0 in the state Assembly on March 27, 2017.

 

To make all National Guard members experiencing hardship eligible for payments from this state account, not just those on active duty, and to clarify that payment of benefits from the Account can be made only if there is money in the account.

 

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Wisconsin Senate Bill 68

 

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Senate Bill 68, Limit Deer Feeding Bans After Positive Disease Tests: Passed 20 to 13 in the state Senate on June 14, 2017.

 

To limit the ban on feeding deer for hunting or viewing in counties where they have tested positive for chronic wasting disease or bovine tuberculosis. Currently, the Department for Natural Resources sets the ban. Under this bill, the ban would last for 36 months in counties where deer have tested positive or 24 months in neighboring counties.

 

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West Virginia Senate Bill 172

 

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Senate Bill 172, Replace Salary for Water Development Authority Board Members With Per Diem: Passed 96 to 3 in the state Senate on April 30, 2017.

 

To eliminate the salary for appointed board members of the Water Development Authority and to instead provide them with a $131 per day per diem for meeting attendance, or $186 for those members who live more than 50 miles away from the meeting location.

 

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Virginia Senate Bill 865

 

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Senate Bill 865, Override Veto of Bill Allowing Family Members to Give Minors Knives: Failed 20 to 20 in the state Senate on April 5, 2017

 

To override the governor’s veto of a bill allowing family members to transfer a dirk, switchblade knife, or Bowie knife to a minor engaged in sporting event or activity.

 

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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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Tennessee House Bill 6

 

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House Bill 6, Permit Soccer Subsidies: Passed 87 to 2 in the state House on March 30, 2017.

 

To allow sales tax revenue derived from major league soccer to be allocated to the municipality in which the soccer team is located. In effect, this bill would allow Nashville to use sales tax revenue to subsidize a major league soccer stadium.

 

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Pennsylvania House Bill 176

 

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House Bill 176, Exempt Roadside Stands From Construction Code: Passed 48 to 0 in the state Senate on July 10, 2017. 

 

To allow roadside stands selling seasonal agricultural products to operate without being forced to comply with the state’s construction code.

 

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Ohio House Bill 233

 

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House Bill 233, Limit "Gun Free Zone" Enforcement Measures: Passed 65 to 31 in the state House on July 7, 2016.

 

To allow a concealed handgun licensee who is discovered carrying their weapon in a place where this is prohibited or restricted to leave the property upon request, while making clear that they are not
guilty of violating a carried weapon prohibition or subject to seizure of their weapon.

 

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North Carolina House Bill 589

 

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House Bill 589, Change How Utilities Contract with Renewable Energy Facilities: Passed 34 to 11 in the state Senate on June 28, 2017. 

 

To restructure state electricity policy and place a four-year moratorium on new wind facilities. Currently, utilities are obligated to buy almost all renewable energy as it is produced regardless of system needs. This bill would have utilities field bids to get most of the state's expected renewable capacity under contract to dispatch as needed. It would also require cleanup and financial assurance rules for large solar projects, let military bases and public universities contract with renewable facilities, and let consumers contract with solar companies to install or lease solar facilities and participate in net metering.

 

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New Hampshire House Bill 176

 

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House Bill 176, Kill Bill to Deregulate Big Cigar Bars: Passed 200 to 92 in the state House on February 9, 2017. 

 

To end consideration of a bill to limit the current requirement that a cigar bar generate at least 60 percent of its revenue from cigar-related sales to those small businesses that generate less than $75,000 in annual revenue.  A yes vote kills the bill for the legislative year.

 

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Nevada Senate Bill 201

 

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Senate Bill 201, Ban Conversion Therapy for Minors: Passed 31 to 8 in the state Senate on May 9, 2017.

 

To prohibit psychotherapists from providing conversion therapy, generally described as counseling designed to change a person's sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual, to a person who is under 18 years of age.

 

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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 House Bill 4427

 

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House Bill 4427, Regulate Access to Police Body Camera Images: Passed 37 to 0 in the state Senate on June 22, 2017.

 

To establish that police body camera recordings taken in a private place are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. Individuals whose image is captured, owners of property seized or damaged in a crime and some others could still request a copy of the recordings subject to privacy exemptions. Police body camera recordings would have to be kept for at least 30 days, or longer if there is an related investigation.

 

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Iowa House Bill 640

 

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House Bill 640, To Require the Iowa Secretary of State to Spend $150,000 to Inform Voters of Iowa's Voter Registration Laws: Failed 41 to 56 in the state House on April 17, 2017. 

 

To amend a budget fill that funds several departments to require the Iowa Secretary of State to spend $150,000 "to provide information and education to Iowa’s voters about Iowa’s voter registration laws." The office of Secretary of State Paul Pate, who supported the voter-ID bill enacted by the Legislature this session, said it would spend $50,000. Opponents of the bill said that amount was not enough.

 

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Florida House Bill 277

 

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House Bill 277, Allow Electronic Wills: Passed 73 to 44 in the state House on may 4, 2017. 

 

To allow for the creation of electronic wills. This bill allows for electronic wills to be signed, modified, notarized, and witnessed remotely on a computer instead of in person and on paper, which is currently required.

 

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Colorado House Bill 1288

 

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House Bill 1288, Create Mandatory Jail Terms for Certain DUI Offenders: Passed 34 to 0 in the state House on May 1, 2017. 

 

Under current law, a person who commits a fourth or subsequent DUI offense commits a class 4 felony. If a court sentences the person to probation, the bill requires the court to order as a condition of probation one of two possible punishments: The offender would be required to serve between 90 and 180 days in a county jail, or between 120 days and two years in a county jail under alternative sentencing programs that allow the offender to be imprisoned only for certain purposes. The bill further requires that the offender be required to complete all of the following: between 48 and 120 hours of community service, an alcohol and drug driving safety education program at the offender’s expense, and possibly other conditions of probation.

 

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Arizona House Bill 2022

 

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House Bill 2022, Legalize Rat-Shot and Snake-Shot Ammunition: Passed 35 to 25 in the state House on February 1, 2017. 

 

To permit the use of rat-shot or snake-shot ammunition within a municipality by exempting it from laws against discharge of firearms.

 

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Wisconsin Assembly Bill 306

 

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Assembly Bill 306, Require State Approval for Pseudoephedrine Purchases: Passed 96 to 1 in the state Assembly on June 21, 2017. 

 

To establish an electronic system that would track the sale of pseudoephedrine and deny the sale to those who are in violation of state limits. Sellers of pseudoephedrine must record the identification, identification number, and the date and time of the sale in electronic format, then submit it to a state system that would monitor if the purchaser is in violation of limits on the sale of pseudoephedrine.

 

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West Virginia Senate Bill 169

 

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Senate Bill 169, Withdraw Obsolete Program Relating to Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange: Passed 33 to 0 in the state Senate on February 15, 2017.

 

To repeal obsolete state laws that previously provided assistance to Korea and Vietnam veterans exposed to certain chemical defoliants and which are now managed by the federal government.

 

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Virginia Senate Bill 1253

 

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Senate Bill 1253, Override Veto of Requiring Photo in Voting Pollbooks: Failed 21 to 19 in the state Senate on April 5, 2017. 

 

To override the governor’s veto of a bill requiring that electronic pollbooks contain a photo of a registered voter. If there is a photo for the voter in the pollbook, the election officer would be required to verify the voter by the photo. In these cases, the voter would not need to present a photo ID to vote.

 

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