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Ohio House Bill 132

 

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Ohio House Bill 132, Regulate Fantasy Sports Betting: Passed 82 to 15 in the state House on May 24, 2017. 

 

To require the Ohio Casino Control Commission to investigate, license, penalize, and regulate anyone conducting or participating in a fantasy sports league.

 

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Tennessee House Bill 6

 

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Tennessee 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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Iowa Senate Bill 502

 

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Senate Bill 502, To Raise a State-Imposed Cap on Fees Issued by Creditors: Passed 49 to 0 in the state Senate on April 12, 2017.

 

This measure modifies several aspects of state law governing credit cards, including raising the limit on overdraft fees (bounced checks) from $15 to $30. It also allows the fee for exceeding a credit limit to go from $15 to $30. It also increases the amount that a person can receive from a civil action against a credit issuer from a range of $100 to $1,000 to a range of $200 to $2,000.

 

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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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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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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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Pennsylvania Senate Bill 431

 

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Senate Bill 431, Increase Fines for Littering: Passed 49 to 0 in the state Senate on July 8, 2017. 

 

To increase the fine for a first-time littering conviction from $300 to $1,000 and require that the offender pick up litter between 5 and 50 hours. For a second offense an offender could pay up to $2,000 and spend 100 hours picking up litte

 

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Ohio Senate Bill 2

 

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Senate Bill 2, Cleanup of Landfill Facilities and Properties: Passed 33 to 0 in the state Senate on March 15, 2017.

 

To authorize the Director of Environmental Protection to take actions to abate pollution or contamination at a location where hazardous waste was disposed, and to create processes to work with property owners and responsible parties to fund and complete such remediation projects.

 

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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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Nevada Senate Bill 440

 

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Senate Bill 440, Require transportation network companies, like Uber and Lyft, to obtain written agreements from major hotels before drivers may pick up passengers at these locations: Passed 32 to 8 in the state Senate on June 1, 2015.

Require transportation network companies, like Uber and Lyft, to obtain written agreements from major hotels before drivers may pick up passengers at these locations

 

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Michigan Senate Bill 245

 

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Senate Bill 245, Repeal Switchblade Ban: Passed 106 to 1 in the state House on June 20th, 2017

 

To repeal the state law against owning, selling or possessing a switchblade knife, “the blade or blades of which can be opened by the flick of a button.” Reportedly the ban is outdated and unevenly enforced.

 

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Florida House Bill 141

 

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House Bill 141, Expand the number of bottles craft distilleries can sell: Passed 114 to 2 in the state House on April 26, 2017 and passed 37 to 0 in the state Senate May 5, 2017

 

To allow craft distilleries to sell six individual containers of each product to customers per year from their gift shop. Currently, craft distilleries can sell two individual containers of each product per customer.

 

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Virginia Senate Bill 1470

 

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Senate Bill 1470, Reinstate coal production subsidy: Passed 25 to 15 in the state Senate on February 3, 2017 and 68 to 29 in the state House on February 15, 2017*

 

To reinstate a tax credit program for coal production and employment, with a limit of $7.3 million a year. The program would last until 2022.

 

*Note: the governor vetoed this bill and the state Senate failed 20 to 20 to override on April 5, 2017

 

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Tennessee Senate Bill 849

 

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Senate Bill 849, Legalize animal massage therapy: Passed 28 to 0 in the state Senate on April 19, 2017 and 90 to 0 in the state House April 24, 2017

 

To clarify that it is not illegal for someone other than a veterinarian to offer massage therapy for animals.

 

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North Carolina Senate Bill 24

 

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Senate Bill 24, Legalize restaurant use of outdoor grills: Passed 47 to 0 in the state Senate on April 5, 2017 and 113 to 0 in the state House on May 11, 2017

 

To establish criteria by which restaurants and other food establishments may use outdoor grills to prepare food for customers. Current law prohibits the practice.

 

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Pennsylvania House Bill 1071

 

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House Bill 1071, Ban bag taxes: Passed 102 to 87 in the state House on April 25, 2017 and 28 to 21 in the state Senate on June 14, 2017

 

To prohibit local governments from imposing a tax, surcharge, or ban on plastic bags.

 

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Off to the Races with Your Tax Dollars

 

Would you pay to see dogs race?

 

If you’re a West Virginian, whether you watch it or not, you’re paying for it. The state gives $14 million in subsidies to the dog racing industry. Legislators passed a bill that would have ended this subsidy, as well as eliminated the mandate that two of the state’s casinos offer dog racing. The governor vetoed this bill, saying, “Eliminating support for the greyhounds is a job killer and I can’t sign it.”

 

West Virginia is not the only state that subsidizes the racing industry. States from New York to Ohio to Maryland provide subsidies to horse racing. These subsidies take different forms, but clearly many legislators think that it is important to give some form of government support to racing.

 

These horse racing subsidies also exist in Pennsylvania. Like West Virginia, there has been an effort this year to end state support for the industry. Some legislators are trying to kill the subsidy fund as part of a plan to deal with a budget deficit.

 

Also this year, a Louisiana legislator withdrew his bill that would have redirected horse racing subsidies to educational scholarships.

 

Supporters of subsidies say that they are necessary to help an industry that is struggling but still contributes to the state. Opponents say that these subsidies are little more than corporate welfare that is prolonging the life of an increasingly unpopular sport.

 

What do you think about subsidizing horse and dog racing? Are these subsidies a good use of tax dollars? Or should they be ended?

 

Florida House Bill 327

 

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House Bill 327, Mandate household movers disclose sexual offenses: Passed 119 to 0 in the state House on May 3, 2017 and 36 to 0 in the state Senate on May 2, 107

 

To require that household movers inform a customer if an employee with access to their property has been convicted of a sexual offense. A mover who knowingly fails to disclose this information will receive a minimum $10,000 fine.

 

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West Virginia Senate Bill 233

 

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Senate Bill 233, Allow electronic surveillance in child care centers: Passed 32 to 0 in the state Senate on February 17, 2017

 

To exclude from protection under the state wiretapping and electronic surveillance act any oral communications uttered in a child care center so long as there are written notices posted informing persons that their communications are subject to being intercepted.

 

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