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New Mexico Sept 2019

New Mexico Responds to Vaping Controversy  Following suit with several other states in the country, New Mexico is the latest state to respond to the controversy surrounding electronic cigarettes. Some states, such as New York and Michigan, have issued an outright ban...

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New Mexico June 2019

Lawmakers Discuss Impact of Education LawsuitMany questions still exist regarding New Mexico’s attempt to address the quality of education for at-risk students. The Public Education Department, legislators, superintendents, and the Transform Education in New Mexico...

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New Mexico May 2019

New Mexico State Police Help Fight Crime in Albuquerque The Albuquerque Mayor, Police Chief, UNM President, Second Judicial District Attorney, and other police officers announced that the city will be bringing in 50 State Police officers to work in Albuquerque in an...

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New Mexico April 2019

Budget and Tax Bill Signed by NM Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico’s governor, signed a $7 billion budget in early April. Almost half of the budget is for public education. The $3.2 billion for public schools is aimed at increasing funding for educator...

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New Mexico March 2019

Renewable Energy for New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Senate Bill 489, a bill that prioritizes renewable energy in New Mexico. The Governor has been in strong support of the bill from its introduction. Additionally, the Governor aimed to have the bill...

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Arizona Legislative Updates

Arizona June 2019

Supporters of Marijuana Legislation Push for 2020 Legalization    Arizonans in support of legalizing marijuana are carefully considering how to avoid mistakes made by other states in crafting a 2020 legalization ballot measure. In 2016, the state voted against...

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Arizona May 2019

State Budget to Address Legislative Spending, Election Services, School Safety, and Affordable-Housing. Arizona’s $11.8 billion budget will not only be used to improve highways, increase teacher pay, and raise state employee pay. The legislative chambers also...

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Arizona April 2019

Bill Passes in AZ to Require School Violence Reports Arizona Legislators have passed HB 2219, a bill that requires schools to create procedures to report crimes involving serious injuries, deadly weapons, or conduct that threatens to seriously injure students or...

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Arizona March 2019

Proposed Fines for Educators in Arizona Legislators have brought back a proposal to fine teachers that attempt to sway students’ political and religious views. The proposal was in response to last year’s “RedForEd” strike in which thousands of teachers wore red shirts...

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Colorado Legislative Updates

Colorado June 2019

Colorado Bans Vaping Inside and Near Commercial and Public BuildingsThe Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act bans the use of e-cigarettes inside public buildings. Additionally, e-cigarettes cannot be used within 25 feet of buildings. The legislation addresses not only the...

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Colorado May 2019

Colorado Opens Cannabis Industry to Outside InvestorsColorado is no longer prohibiting publicly traded cannabis. Instead, the state is opening up the industry to investors. The change is expected to bring in new cannabis products from outside of the state. The change...

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Colorado April 2019

Colorado’s Vaccination Bill Passes the HouseColorado’s House Bill 1312, a bill that requires parents choosing not to vaccinate their children to file a form with the state health department, made it through the House. The bill has created much controversy and has...

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Colorado March 2019

Colorado’s Hospital Transparency Law On March 28, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed into law House Bill 1001. This law will require hospitals to submit reports on what they charge patients and where that money ultimately ends up. This new law aims to identify which...

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Utah Legislative Updates

Utah June 2019

Utah Teachers Push for Salary Increase Hundreds of teachers carried signs advocating for a 6% pay increase in front of the Salt Lake City Board of Education. The city’s education association is now proposing a strike in response to the board’s lack of action. Other...

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Utah May 2019

Utah Seeks Solutions for Cleaner AirRepresentative John Curtis is committed to proposing solutions for air pollution throughout the state. Northern Utah’s Wasatch Front Region contains one of the highest levels of pollution in the country during the wintertime. In an...

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Utah April 2019

Utah’s Legislators to Raise Smoking Age Nationally Two Utah legislators, Representative Chris Stewart and Representative Diana DeGette, introduced a bill to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21 nationwide. This bill would apply to all tobacco...

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Utah March 2019

Utah’s Medicaid Expansion Although Utah has not yet received a waiver from the federal government to expand Medicaid, the state is looking to go forward with the scheduled partial Medicaid expansion. SB 96 is a bill that expands Utah’s Medicaid plan. Utah’s Department...

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Latest Insights

New Mexico Updates

New Mexico Sept 2019

New Mexico Responds to Vaping Controversy  Following suit with several other states in the country, New Mexico is the latest state to respond to the controversy surrounding electronic cigarettes. Some states, such as New York and Michigan, have issued an outright ban...

read more

New Mexico June 2019

Lawmakers Discuss Impact of Education LawsuitMany questions still exist regarding New Mexico’s attempt to address the quality of education for at-risk students. The Public Education Department, legislators, superintendents, and the Transform Education in New Mexico...

read more

New Mexico May 2019

New Mexico State Police Help Fight Crime in Albuquerque The Albuquerque Mayor, Police Chief, UNM President, Second Judicial District Attorney, and other police officers announced that the city will be bringing in 50 State Police officers to work in Albuquerque in an...

read more

New Mexico April 2019

Budget and Tax Bill Signed by NM Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico’s governor, signed a $7 billion budget in early April. Almost half of the budget is for public education. The $3.2 billion for public schools is aimed at increasing funding for educator...

read more

New Mexico March 2019

Renewable Energy for New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Senate Bill 489, a bill that prioritizes renewable energy in New Mexico. The Governor has been in strong support of the bill from its introduction. Additionally, the Governor aimed to have the bill...

read more
Arizona Updates

Arizona June 2019

Supporters of Marijuana Legislation Push for 2020 Legalization    Arizonans in support of legalizing marijuana are carefully considering how to avoid mistakes made by other states in crafting a 2020 legalization ballot measure. In 2016, the state voted against...

read more

Arizona May 2019

State Budget to Address Legislative Spending, Election Services, School Safety, and Affordable-Housing. Arizona’s $11.8 billion budget will not only be used to improve highways, increase teacher pay, and raise state employee pay. The legislative chambers also...

read more

Arizona April 2019

Bill Passes in AZ to Require School Violence Reports Arizona Legislators have passed HB 2219, a bill that requires schools to create procedures to report crimes involving serious injuries, deadly weapons, or conduct that threatens to seriously injure students or...

read more

Arizona March 2019

Proposed Fines for Educators in Arizona Legislators have brought back a proposal to fine teachers that attempt to sway students’ political and religious views. The proposal was in response to last year’s “RedForEd” strike in which thousands of teachers wore red shirts...

read more
Colorado Updates

Colorado June 2019

Colorado Bans Vaping Inside and Near Commercial and Public BuildingsThe Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act bans the use of e-cigarettes inside public buildings. Additionally, e-cigarettes cannot be used within 25 feet of buildings. The legislation addresses not only the...

read more

Colorado May 2019

Colorado Opens Cannabis Industry to Outside InvestorsColorado is no longer prohibiting publicly traded cannabis. Instead, the state is opening up the industry to investors. The change is expected to bring in new cannabis products from outside of the state. The change...

read more

Colorado April 2019

Colorado’s Vaccination Bill Passes the HouseColorado’s House Bill 1312, a bill that requires parents choosing not to vaccinate their children to file a form with the state health department, made it through the House. The bill has created much controversy and has...

read more

Colorado March 2019

Colorado’s Hospital Transparency Law On March 28, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed into law House Bill 1001. This law will require hospitals to submit reports on what they charge patients and where that money ultimately ends up. This new law aims to identify which...

read more
Utah Updates

Utah June 2019

Utah Teachers Push for Salary Increase Hundreds of teachers carried signs advocating for a 6% pay increase in front of the Salt Lake City Board of Education. The city’s education association is now proposing a strike in response to the board’s lack of action. Other...

read more

Utah May 2019

Utah Seeks Solutions for Cleaner AirRepresentative John Curtis is committed to proposing solutions for air pollution throughout the state. Northern Utah’s Wasatch Front Region contains one of the highest levels of pollution in the country during the wintertime. In an...

read more

Utah April 2019

Utah’s Legislators to Raise Smoking Age Nationally Two Utah legislators, Representative Chris Stewart and Representative Diana DeGette, introduced a bill to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21 nationwide. This bill would apply to all tobacco...

read more

Utah March 2019

Utah’s Medicaid Expansion Although Utah has not yet received a waiver from the federal government to expand Medicaid, the state is looking to go forward with the scheduled partial Medicaid expansion. SB 96 is a bill that expands Utah’s Medicaid plan. Utah’s Department...

read more

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