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Iowa Senate Bill 607

 

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Senate Bill 607, To make it easier for brewers and distillers to sell alcoholic beverages on site: Passed 93 to 1 in the state Senate on March 28, 2017

 

Under current law, all alcoholic beverages produced for sale in Iowa must be first sold to the state, which then sells it. Brewpubs may sell "growlers" (large bottles of beer) on site, but only if they first sell it to the state and then buy it back at a marked-up price. This bill makes several modest changes to the state's alcohol laws, including letting brewers bottle growlers and sell them directly to customers. It also lets brewpubs sell wine by the glass and lets distillers sell their products on site by the glass. The bill also lets individuals buy the ingredients and supplies necessary to brew beer at home.

 

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Arizona Senate Bill 1080

 

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Senate Bill 1080, Ban young drivers using cell phones: Passed 24 to 6 in the state Senate on February 13, 2017

 

To prohibit instructional permit holders from operating a motor vehicle while using a wireless communication device and prohibit provisional licensees under age 18 from using those devices other than for audible navigation.

 

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Pennsylvania Removing Restrictions on Alcohol Sales

 

It could soon be a little less complicated to buy alcohol in Pennsylvania.

 

On April 25, the state House of Representatives passed these bills that would make significant changes alcohol sales in the commonwealth:

 

House Bill 991, Allow private retailers to sell liquor: Passed 107 to 83 in the House

To permit private retailers, rather than the state government, to sell liquor. One retail license will be allocated per every 6,000 residents per county, with a minimum of 15 per county. Under this bill, retail stores would be allowed to operate from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. every day except Sunday. A special Sunday sale permit could be purchased for $5,000.

 

House Bill 975, Allow private wholesale wine sales: Passed 107 to 84 in the House

To allow private companies to sell wholesale wine instead of requiring that wholesale wine sales must be done by the state.

 

House Bill 438, Allow restaurants to sell liquor to go: Passed 102 to 90 in the House

To allow restaurants and hotels to purchase a permit for $2,000 that would allow them to sell up to four bottles of liquor to a customer for consumption off-premises.

 

House Bill 1075, End state’s wholesale liquor sales: Passed 105 to 84 in the House

To end the system where the commonwealth sells liquor wholesale. State-run wholesale liquor sales would be phased out over 10 years under this legislation.

 

These bills build on legislation last year that eased some state restrictions on how restaurants and other retailers sell beer and wine. The biggest change under this year’s bills is ending the state monopoly on hard alcohol sales. Currently, if you want a bottle of vodka, you must buy it from the government. If HB 991 passes the Senate and is signed by the governor, the government would be getting out of the alcohol business.

 

Do you support these bills? Should the sale of alcohol be something done by the private market, not the government? Or should there be tighter government control on the sale of intoxicating beverages?

 

Tennessee House Bill 798: Update state alcohol laws

 

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House Bill 798, Update state alcohol laws: Passed 27 to 0 in the state Senate on April 10, 2017 and 64 to 21 in the state House on May 1, 2017

 

To levy a $10,000 fine on an establishment for its second citation for selling alcohol to a minor instead of revoking the alcohol license, to allow hotels to sell sealed packages of alcohol, to mandate the inclusion of liquor-by-the-drink taxes on menus, and to make other changes to the state’s alcohol laws.

 

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Ohio Senate Bill 10: Cancel more uncontested primaries

 

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Senate Bill 10, Cancel more uncontested primaries: Passed 32 to 0 in the state Senate on March 8, 2017

 

To expand the circumstances under which a board of elections or the secretary of state is not required to hold a primary election, and to address the death, withdrawal, or disqualification of candidates in primary races.

 

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West Virginia Senate Bill 170: Repeal the obsolete state hemophilia program

 

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Senate Bill 170, Repeal the obsolete state hemophilia program: Passed 33 to 0 in the state Senate on February 15, 2017

 

To remove obsolete sections of state law relating to non-functioning medical programs.

 

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North Carolina House Bill 33: Restore firearm rights to some nonviolent felons

 

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House Bill 33, Restore firearm rights to some nonviolent felons: Passed 113 to 2 in the state House on March 22, 2017

 

To restore the right to own firearms to nonviolent felons who had previously had those rights restored only to lose them due to subsequent change in state law. A nonviolent felon who completed his sentence by December 1, 1995, was allowed ownership of rifles and shotguns until laws passed in 2004 and 2010 that banned all felons from owning any firearms for 20 years.

 

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Virginia House Bill 1392: Allow some school security officers to carry firearms

 

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House Bill 1392, Allow some school security officers to carry firearms: Passed 24 to 16 in the state Senate on February 17, 2017

 

To permit a school security officer to carry a firearm if he or she retired as law enforcement officer in the previous 10 years, takes a training course, and the local school board grants him or her authority to carry a firearm.

 

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Wisconsin Assembly Bill 242: Expand drug testing for government benefits

 

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Assembly Bill 242, Expand drug testing for government benefits: Passed 62 to 35 in the state Assembly on May 10, 2017

 

To allow more state programs to test recipients for drug use. The new state programs where recipients will be drug tested under this bill are the Temporary Employment Match program, the Community Service Jobs program, and Transitional Placement program.

 

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Nevada Senate Bill 111: Allow unscheduled audits of state agencies

 

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Senate Bill 111, Allow unscheduled audits of state agencies: Passed 21 to 0 in the state Senate on February 22, 2017

 

To give the Chair of the Executive Branch Audit Committee unilateral authority to direct the Administrator of the Division of Internal Audits to audit an executive branch agency not slated for audit in its annual plan.

 

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Pennsylvania House Bill 187: Allow wind energy on preserved farmland

 

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Pennsylvania House Bill 187, Allow wind energy on preserved farmland: Passed 192 to 4 in the state House on May 10, 2017

 

To allow farmers who are enrolled in the commonwealth’s farmland preservation program to grant right-of-ways for wind energy systems.

 

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U.S. House Bill 115: Increase penalty for killing police

 

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House Bill 115, Increase penalty for killing police: Passed 271 to 143 in the U.S. House on May 18, 2017

 

To make the killing or attempted killing of a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or other first responder an aggravating factor in death penalty cases. In essence, this bill would increase the chances for people who commit these crimes to receive the death penalty.

 

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Michigan Senate Bill 249: Ban government, school district discrimination against charter schools

 

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Senate Bill 249, Ban government, school district discrimination against charter schools: Passed 25 to 13 in the state Senate on May 23, 2017

 

To prohibit a school district or local government from refusing to sell property to a charter or private school, or taking other actions designed to keep these potential conventional public school competitors from using property for a lawful educational purpose. Prohibited actions could also include imposing deed or zoning restrictions. A number of local governments and conventional school districts have adopted such restrictions in the past.

 

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Iowa Senate Bill 481: To bar cities from enacting "sanctuary city" policies

 

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Senate Bill 481, To bar cities from enacting "sanctuary city" policies: Passed 32 to 15 in the state Senate on April 12, 2017

 

To prohibit cities and counties from banning their law enforcement officers from collecting information regarding an individual’s immigration or citizenship status and providing that information to the federal government.

Citizens and officials may file a complaint with the state attorney general against any local government that imposes a ban. The state may then withhold money from that government until it complies.

 

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Missouri Senate Bill 182: Ban union preference on government contracts

 

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Senate Bill 182, Ban union preference on government contracts: Passed 23 to 9 in the state Senate on February 16, 2017

 

To prevent the state or local governments from requiring or giving preference to bidders for public works projects who are parties to union contracts, or discriminating against those who are not, for any project involving taxpayer funding.  Currently there is a 50% state funding threshold for the non-discrimination provisions to kick in.

 

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Legislators Busy Overriding Governor’s Vetoes in North Carolina

 

Last November, North Carolinians sent a Democratic governor and a heavily Republican legislature to Raleigh. This partisan split has led to some big disagreements on policy during the current legislative session.

 

Governor Roy Cooper has not been shy about saying where he thinks legislators are going wrong. In return, legislators have felt free to pass legislation without input from the governor (Republicans have a veto-proof majority in both houses of the General Assembly).

 

So far, the governor has vetoed four bills. Legislators have promptly overridden all four vetoes:

 

House Bill 100, Show political party labels of judge candidates on ballot: Passed 65 to 51 in the House on February 22 and 32 to 15 in the Senate on March 6. Governor vetoed on March 16. Veto override passed 74 to 44 in the House on March 22 and 32 to 15 in the Senate on March 23.

 

To print superior and district court judge candidates' party affiliations on voter ballots. Elections for these judgeships used to be partisan until 1996 for superior court and 2001 for district court. This bill would repeal state law making them nonpartisan. Similar legislation passed in December 2016 to make North Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals elections partisan.

 

House Bill 239, Cut the Court of Appeals from 15 judges to 12: Passed 71 to 42 in the House on March 9 and 30 to 13 in the Senate on April 11. Governor vetoed on April 21. Veto override passed 73 to 44 in the House and 34 to 15 in the Senate on April 26.

 

To reduce the size of the Court of Appeals from 15 judges to 12. The bill would do that by abolishing the next three incumbent judges' seats that become vacant.

 

Senate Bill 68, Create new bipartisan elections and ethics board: Passed 49 to 0 in the Senate on March 21 and 68 to 42 in the House on April 6. Governor vetoed on April 24. Veto override passed 33 to 15 in the Senate on April 24 and 75 to 44 in the House on April 25.

 

To merge the State Board of Elections and the State Ethics Commission into a new "Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement," which would have four Democrat members and four Republican members. The governor would appoint members from lists of nominees given him by the state party chairs.

 

House Bill 467, Limit damage awards for hog farm odors and other disturbances: Passed 68 to 47 in the House on April 10 and 30 to 19 in the Senate on April 26. Governor vetoed on May 5. Veto override passed 74 to 40 in the House on May 10 and 30 to 18 in the Senate on May 11.

 

To limit damage awards for when bad smells, noises, etc. from hog farms, livestock, poultry farms, tree harvesting operations, etc. interfere with people's private enjoyment of their own property. The bill would set compensation for a "nuisance disturbance" to the reduction in the property's fair market value caused by the disturbance, and cap it at fair market value.

 

What do you think of the dispute between the governor and legislators? Was the governor right to veto these bills? Or are you glad that the General Assembly override his vetoes?

 

Florida House Bill 305: Allow officers to review body camera footage

 

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House Bill 305, Allow officers to review body camera footage: Passed 116 to 0 in the state House on March 30, 2017 and 38 to 0 in the state Senate on March 19, 2017

 

To allow a law enforcement officer to review footage from their body camera before writing a report or providing a statement. This bill does not apply to an officer’s duty to disclose information necessary to secure a crime scene or identify a suspect or witness.

 

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Colorado Senate Bill 040: Change rules governing public disclosure of government documents

 

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Senate Bill 040, Change rules governing public disclosure of government documents: Passed 35 to 0 in the state Senate and 39 to 26 in the State House on May 10, 2017 

 

To alter the reasons why a custodian of records may deny a request to examine public records. The bill would allow custodians of records to deny requests if the record related to physical or digital infrastructure in specific ways, including details of vulnerabilities. The bill also clarifies when a custodian must provide records in digital formats to those requesting the records.

 

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Arizona House Bill 2406: Limit county authority to acquire land within a city or town

 

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House Bill 2406, Limit county authority to acquire land within a city or town: Passed 51 to 7 in the state House on February 16, 2017 and 16 to 14 in the state Senate on May 4, 2017

 

To require that a management agreement agreed to by a city or town be in place before a county is allowed to acquire land in that city or town.

 

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Nevada Senate Bill 45: Remove requirement for state inspection of public university buildings

 

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Senate Bill 45, Remove requirement for state inspection of public university buildings: Passed 21 to 0 in the state Senate on February 22, 2017

 

To eliminate the requirement that the State Public Works Division periodically inspect all buildings at the State universities. All buildings and physical plant facilities owned by any part of the Nevada System of Higher Education would be exempt from the requirement of periodic state inspections.

 

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