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Nevada Senate Bill 201

 

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Senate Bill 201, Ban conversion therapy for minors: Passed 15 to 5 in the state Senate on April 4, 2017 and 31 to 8 in the state Assembly 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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Tennessee Senate Bill 524

 

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Senate Bill 524, Allow sign language to count as foreign language in schools: Passed 33 to 0 in the state Senate on March 6, 2017

 

To allow courses in American Sign Language to count towards foreign language requirements in school.

 

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North Carolina House Bill 800

 

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House Bill 800, Allow some enrollment preferences at charter schools: Passed 72 to 47 in the state House on April 25, 2017

 

To allow enrollment preferences at charter schools for children of permanent employees of a "charter partner," which is a corporation, partnership, or nonprofit that gave land, provided a building, made renovations, or donated technology to a charter school. The bill would cap the preferences to 50% of enrollment. It would also let charter school boards contract with outside education organizations to provide teachers, and require State Board of Education decisions over granting a charter to be made in 90 days of a charter application submission.

 

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Ohio Senate Bill 29

 

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Senate Bill 29, Simplify banking regulation system: Passed 32 to 0 in the state Senate on March 8, 2017

 

To create a single system for regulation of banks, savings and loan associations, and savings banks in the state.

 

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Pennsylvania House Bill 1008

 

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House Bill 1008, Remove marriage waiting period: Passed 194 to 0 in the state House on May 23, 2017

 

To remove the commonwealth’s 3-day waiting period for a marriage license. The bill also allows former mayors, former or retired justices, judges or magisterial district judges to perform marriages.

 

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New Hampshire House Bill 589

 

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House Bill 589, Kill a bill to end buffer zones for abortion clinic protests: Passed 191 to 163 in the state House on March 9, 2017

 

To repeal existing state statutes providing certain parameters for access to reproductive health care facilities, given that similar provisions in a Massachusetts "buffer zone" law were found unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court. A yes vote kills the bill for the legislative year.

 

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Michigan House Bill 4557

 

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House Bill 4557, Authorize prison for bringing 26 or more cases of beer or wine into state: Passed 99 to 8 in the state House on May 25, 2017

 

To authorize up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine for bringing more than around 26 cases of wine or beer into the state without all the required licenses mandated by the state. Smaller quantities would be subject to 93 days in jail.

 

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Colorado Senate Bill 284

 

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Senate Bill 284, Mandate physicians give specified information to patients at least 24 hours before an abortion: Passed 19 to 16 in the state Senate on April 13, 2017

 

To require a physician whose patient has elected to have an abortion to provide verbal and written disclosures that must include any pending disciplinary or legal action against the physician, a detailed description of technical elements of the method of abortion selected, a list of physical and psychological risks associated with abortion, information on reversing certain abortion methods, and details on alternatives to abortion. Providers must also provide an opportunity to view or decline to view ultrasound images and listen to the fetal heartbeat. The disclosures would also require physicians to provide patients with a list of ultrasound providers nearby with particular emphasis on providers that do not charge a fee. Patients could refuse to sign the disclosure if they feel they have not been properly informed.

 

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Trump Renews Push for a Travel Ban

 

In the wake of terrorist attacks in London, President Trump is once again calling for a travel ban. And once again, his proposal is facing opposition from lawyers and members of Congress.

 

When the president entered office, he tried to impose a temporary hiatus on travel from seven countries. After courts stopped enforcement of this travel restriction, the Justice Department made some minor alterations and re-issued it. Courts also invalidated that revised restriction.


The president’s lawyers say that what he is proposing is not a travel ban, but instead is a temporary travel restriction for people from countries that do not have sufficient security screening. These countries all have populations that are majority Muslim.

 

The president is not reading from the same script, however. On Twitter he said, “People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!”

 

He also said his Justice Department was wrong for issuing a revised, or “watered down” in his words, travel restriction.

 

The policy – whether a travel ban or a travel hiatus – was put forward as a way for the Trump Administration to review its vetting procedures for people coming into the U.S. from places that have heightened risks of terrorism. It was originally supposed to last for 90 days.

 

Some critics point out that if the ban was needed to give the Trump Administration time to review its procedures, then it’s had that time. According to Virginia Senator Mark Warner, “If the president wanted 90 days to re-examine how individuals from certain countries would enter the United States, he’s had more than 90 days.” Acting U.S. Solicitor General Jeffrey B. Wall said that the Trump Administration has “done nothing to review the vetting procedures for these countries.”

 

Do you support banning individuals from certain countries from traveling to the U.S.? Or do you think there are other ways that the U.S. should screen travelers?

 

Missouri House Bill 441

 

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House Bill 441, Require school free speech policies: Passed 148 to 6 in the state House on March 13, 2017

 

To require each school districts and public colleges to adopt a written student freedom of expression policy which must include reasonable provisions for the time, place, and manner of student expression, and to affirm the right of student journalists to the exercise of freedom of speech and of the press in school sponsored media.

 

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Florida House Bill 1233

 

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House Bill 1233, Amend cottage food requirements: Passed 115 to 0 in the state House on April 5, 2017 and 37 to 0 in the state Senate on April 27, 2017

 

To increase the maximum annual gross sales limit of cottage foods from $15,000 to $50,000, and also let cottage food operations sell over the internet if the foods are delivered in person. Currently, cottage foods may not be sold or offered on the internet. Cottage foods are food products sold by people who produce “non-potentially hazardous” foods at their own residence such as breads, honey, cakes, and popcorn.  A cottage food operation is not required to conform to state food and building permitting requirements.

 

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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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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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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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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?

 

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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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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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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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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